The First Official Doraemon Store Has Opened in Odaiba and is Chock Full of Exclusive Merchandise
The Japanese anime Doraemon is beloved all around the world. It has a huge well of support with its popularity not only reaching across borders but also stretching across generations. This article introduces you to the highlights of the Doraemon Future Department Store, a newly opened store in Odaiba.
What is the Doraemon Future Department Store?
On December 1, 2019, the Doraemon Future Department Store opened at the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping mall in Tokyo's Odaiba district. As the world's first ever official Doraemon store, it is attracting attention from fans all over the world. The concept behind the store is "Giving you a little bit of help to improve your future." This spacious store front will stretch out in front of you, crafting a unique space that is somewhat out of the ordinary. You will feel as if you have slipped into another world. This article will give you a tour of some of the highlights of the store, as well as introduce you to what you need to know about DiverCity Tokyo Plaza.
Who is Doraemon?
Firstly, here is a brief explanation of the character Doraemon. Fujio F. Fujika is a manga artist synonymous with the medium in Japan. His comic book series of the same name charts the slightly mysterious and extraordinary adventures of Doraemon, who comes from the 22nd century and is a robot who takes the form of a cat. He is joined by Nobita Nobi, a young boy who is clumsy in everything he does. In this sci-fi manga, the two overcome the many challenges that permeate their everyday lives through the secret gadgets that Doraemon pulls out from his pocket. There are many gadgets that could only exist in your dreams, and while children are certain to love it, adults will also be surprised and enthralled by this series.
Store Information and How to Get There
[Opening hours] 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
[Payment options] Credit card accepted/ E-Money not accepted
▼How to get there
[Via Yurikamome] A 5-minute walk from Daiba Station
[Via the Rinkai Line] A 3-minute walk from Exit B of Tokyo Teleport Station
There are three different zones at the Doraemon Future Department Store. Here are the top picks of what to see in each of them.
The Secret Gadget Laboratory
This zone is themed around Doraemon's gadgets. The full range of gadgets is right here, including that special one the you've imagined using in your dreams. Allow yourself to fully experience the world of Doraemon in the secret gadget zone.
The Customize Zone
In this zone, there is a space where you can create your own personal Doraemon merchandise by customizing it to your liking. Special bags, towels and parkers can be embroidered with your favorite characters and Doraemon themed typeface. Make sure to take a trip here to craft your own personal one-of-a-kind Doraemon merchandise.
The Shop Zone
The Shop Zone is the only place you can get your hands on the Doraemon Typeface Mug (1,200 JPY (excl. tax)). Feel free to pick your favorite from the 45 options on offer. There is also a rich array of other original goods available in the shop zone.
Introducing DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is a shopping mall located in the Tokyo Bay area. At the entrance to the shopping mall is a giant Gundam statue that acts as a sort of symbol for the area. Inside the mall, you will find almost 160 stores to peruse with restaurants, clothing stores and other stores selling a vast array of goods. If you are vacationing in Tokyo, then this mall is a must visit.
What Kind of Things Can You Buy There?
There are some limited edition products that you can only purchase in Odaiba and others limited to the Tokyo area on offer here, with a host of stores selling a perfect selection of souvenirs. Two stores that come highly recommended are The Odaiba and Le Edo, which offer merchandise from Japanese anime and a wide variety of the kind of sweets and snacks that you would only find in Japan.
If you love Doraemon then you simply must pay this store a visit. Make sure to get the most out of your trip to the department store while visiting Tokyo.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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