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Koshi literally means a “meeting (ko or au) of wills (shi or kokorozashi)”.

READ! SEE! LEARN about MANGA!

Japanese manga masterpieces are beloved across borders and across eras binding together art, history, and literature

Koshi Manga Museum has a collection of approx. 40,000 volumes of manga of which 15,000 have been chosen for display from each decade, 1960s to the present.

We boast several exhibition shelves where visitors can see valuable items related to the origins of modern manga, and also special shelves where they can learn the history and culture of Koshi and Kumamoto through manga.

A veritable ocean of manga to wade through at Koshi Manga Museum as adults find those stories that inspired them as children and kids can discover a plethora of new and exciting graphic works.

Guide

Hours
10am to 6pm
Closed
Mondays

 (if Monday is a holiday then closed the following business day)
The last day of every month (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
New Year’s holiday
*There may be temporary closures due to exhibition updates, etc

Entrance fee
Free Zone: Free

Cube Zone

 One Day TickeAnnual Passport
Adults
(University Students)
300 yen1500 yen
Jr. High
(High School Students)
100 yen500 yen
Elementary
School age and under
FreeFree

 

* One-day tickets can be used for re-entry that day
Show tickets to reception upon re-entry.
* Upon showing a disability certificate, a visitor and one helper may enter for free.

Multipurpose Room per hour usage fee (including air-conditioning):
250 yen per hour for Koshi residents
550 yen per hour for non-Koshi residents

Free Zone

Free for use by the public
Great for relaxing or enjoying a drink while reading manga. A vending machine sells drinks so visitors can enjoy a cafe-like atmosphere.

Vending machin

Restrooms

10 free lockers (coins used to reserve lockers are returned when usage is finished)

Free-usage restroom / Diaper-changing space
* Please use the adjacent Nishikoshi Library’s nursing room for nursing

Cube Zone

Exhibition spaces / Browsing area

Approx. 15,000 manga and visitors are free to read as much as they like
Relax and read manga in our cubes made of wood from Kumamoto.

From the ticket machine, buy a 1-day admission ticket and present it at the reception desk.
Also, if you have an annual passport, please present it at reception.

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In order to preserve the items in the museum, there is no eating or drinking allowed.
*Feel free to hydrate in the Free Zone.

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Outer Shelves

Manga are arranged clockwise in order by decade on shelves along the outer walls.
In each decade section, individual manga are then arranged by author in typical Japanese syllabary order.
You never know what interesting manga you might come across, from old to new and by creators from every part of Japan.

Outer Shelves

Manga are arranged clockwise in order by decade on shelves along the outer walls.
In each decade section, individual manga are then arranged by author in typical Japanese syllabary order.
You never know what interesting manga you might come across, from old to new and by creators from every part of Japan.

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Cube Shelves

These are special shelves arranged by theme that display important authors and those works from which visitors can learn about the history and culture of Koshi or Kumamoto.

 

Exhibition Spaces

Valuable manga, original art, and related items from the dawn of modern manga including signatures from manga creators are displayed here. Visitors can always find new and exciting exhibitions on display.

 

Magazine Shelve

Reaching to the ceiling on the upper half of the outer shelves, are our displays of manga magazine masterpieces!

Multipurpose Room
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Room for exhibitions and events related to manga. Held here are the manga lecture series “Koshi Manga Gijuku” as well as workshops for families to have fun while learning about manga.
*For details on these events, please check our official website and the announcements displayed at the museum.

Usage fee per hour (including air conditioning fee) ¥250 for Koshi City residents ¥550 for non-Koshi City residents

Storage Area
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The Koshi Manga Museum boasts a collection of approx. 25,000 manga items in storage. Valuable pre/post-war items and other manga waiting for space to open on our shelves or for special events or exhibitions are stored here.
In collaboration with the national government and other manga museums, we contribute to the preservation of precious Japanese manga that was previously unprotected due to manga being considered “read-and-throwaway” items.

For all zones
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Free Wi-F

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No smoking

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No food is allowed

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No flame of any kind permitte

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Reception

Feel free to ask reception regarding purchasing annual passports or any other inquiries.
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No pets allowed

this prohibition doesn’t include companion animal

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Manga are not to be taken from the museum

Directions

TEL/FAX: 096-273-6766
*Please note: Details are subject to change without notice.

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