When John and I were in Tokyo, we wanted to spend a whole day in Yokohama, so we also purchased a day-pass for Minatomirai Line, which runs from Yokohama Station to Motomachi/China Town area by the bay. There are a few very fun spots along Minatomirai Line, and the first stop we made was at the Shintakashima Station, where the Anpanman Museum was!
Shintakashima Station is the first station after Yokohama.
We saw an Anpanman as soon as we got off the train, and according to him, we had to take exit #2 for the museum.
Apparently Miratomirai Line is very deeply into the ground... these stairs head up to exit #2! We saw similar long stairs/escalators in other stations as well.
And you guessed it, we took the escalator.
After we got to the ground level, we saw some kids (some wearing Anpanman t-shirts and accessories) walking with their parents and we just followed them. According to the Anpanman web site, it's a 7 minute walk from the Shintakashima station.
We walked and walked.
And then we saw this guy (Baikinman) at a window!
More of Anpanman's friends at another window.
We eventually saw this sign... I knew we were close.
We were there!
In case you're wondering who Anpanman is: He's one of the most popular animated characters in Japan. Anpan means "red-bean bread", and he has special "pan" power. You can read more about him here.
The museum was fun. John and I had a lot of fun there, even though we didn't go inside the actual museum building. I'm going to write more about it later.