Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park at New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido, Japan
I am a Doraemon fan and it is always my intention to visit Fujiko F. Fujio Museum at Kawasaki City but for two obvious reasons- failing to properly use the Loopi Terminal at Lawson and the always unavailability of weekend schedule, I ended up pushing my plans indefinitely. So, you can only imagine how happy I was when I found out that there is a museum at Sapporo New Chitose Airport called Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park.
Considered as the world’s first airport attraction featuring Doraemon, the museum may not be as big in size as the one located in Kawasaki City but the facility surely will satisfy any fans, kids, parents and those who are looking for activity to waste few hours prior their flights.
Located at the 3rd floor of the airport Connecting Path, with an entrance fee of 600 Yen/400 Yen (adult/child), the museum is divided into seven section which includes a play area, arcade, workshop, library, cafe and shop.
Have you seen any Doraemon tv episode? I can guarantee that it will be one of the most charming and funny series that you will ever watch. Using his magical pocket of gadgets from the future, Doraemon mission is to help a fifth grader boy named Nobita who often find himself in trouble, either bullied at school by Takeshi, outsmarted by Suneo or always having issue with his poor grades and clumsiness. To add more fun to the series is Nobita’s only female friend and childhood crush, Shizuka and from time to time, Nobita’s parents and Doraemon sister, Dorami.
The Waku Waku Skypark celebrates the manga characters and the series. It encourages kids and adults alike to enter and enjoy Doraemon world. From the giant replica figures, to the colorful illustrations, to the Anywhere door that opens up to any desired location, walking inside the Waku Waku Sky Park is similar to being inside the tv series itself. If you arrive just on the right time, then you can meet Doaremon and had a souvenir photo taken beside him.
I love how the series cleverly mixes humor and fun, then incorporates lessons of courage, hard work, humility, stressing the importance of family and respect for elderly- values that we want kids to learn and cherish,sometimes things that we adults need to be reminded of.