Are you visiting (or living in) Japan and are a big fan of Captain Tsubasa?
If so, keep reading!
There’s a whole town themed after Captain Tsubasa in Tokyo.
Seriously? Yes, and you can take a picture with Kojiro Hyuga, Taro Misaki, Genzo Wakabayashi, Ozara Tsubasa himself, and more.
It’s a fantastic experience.
I’ll also tell you how to get yourself a free bracelet of Captain Tsubasa while you’re there.
In Katsushika, Tokyo, the hometown of Yoichi Takahashi (author of Captain Tsubasa), you can find:
- Nine bronze statues
- One color statue
- A restaurant decorated with the characters of Captain Tsubasa.
- An official store
Once you get out of Yotsugi station, you will see an illustration of Tsubasa Ozora and his team above the footprint of Yoichi Takahashi.
Also, while you’re walking around, you’ll come across a number of spots decorated with images of Captain Tsubasa.
Even the fire department has a big poster of Tsubasa Oozora.
The town’s main attractions can be categorized into four parts:
a) Bronze Statues
In total there are 9 bronze statues including Kojiro Hyuga, Taro Misaki, Genzo Wakabayashi, Ozara Tsubasa, Roberto Hongo among many others.
Here’s a map of the statues’ locations:
* The English version of the map has only 8 statues. When you arrive at Yotsugi or Keisei-Tateishi station, ask the subway staff for the map in Japanese. The map in Japanese contains the 9 statues.
I plan to publish an article about the locations of each statue in detail, so stick around!
b) Captain Tsubasa Themed Restaurant
Near Keisei-Tateishi station, there’s an Italian restaurant called Trattoria Avere that’s decorated with images of Captain Tsubasa and friends.
On the restaurant’s walls, Yoichi Takahashi drew Tsubasa, Kojiro Hyuga, Taro Misaki, Genzo Wakabayashi, and other characters from the series.
You will also find several pictures, jerseys, and photos signed by the famous mangaka.
The food is quite good, and the price is affordable.
In this post, I give you more details about it:
c) Tsubasa’s statue
Inside Katsushika City Okudo Sogo Sports Center you will run into the statue of Tsubasa Oozora and dioramas of the most iconic scenes of Captain Tsubasa.
For example, you’ll find a diorama of the scene where Oozora shoots a ball under a bus and Genzo Wakabayashi catches it.
Address: 7 Chome-17-1 Okudo
d) Official Store
Another place in the Captain Tsubasa town that you’re sure to love is the official store.
Note: Yoichi Takahashi’s office is located on the second floor of the store!
Address: 6 Chome-18-20 Tateishi
You can get the bracelet at the restaurant mentioned above or in the Family Mart located near the Keisei-Tateishi station. I don’t know if you can find it in other places.
- When you arrive at the Yotsugi station ask the station staff for a map of the statues. The English map is not updated so ask for the Japanese one.
- The map in English does NOT include the ninth statue (Tsubasa kicking a ball), so it’s important that you also have the map in Japanese.
- The statues and tourist attractions (restaurant, official shop, etc.) are placed around the entire city so you’ll need to walk a lot.
- I recommend arriving at Yotsugi station around 2 pm. If you arrive later, the sun will set, making photography difficult.
- After you’ve finished visiting the statues, I recommend you dine at the Captain Tsubasa Themed Restaurant.
- The official store closes around 7 pm, that’s another reason why arriving at Yotsugi Station at least around 2 pm is a good idea.
- The statues are not very easy to find, so using Google Maps will save you a lot of time.
You can get to the town of the Captain Tsubasa in Tokyo either by Yotsugi or Keisei-Tateishi station. I recommend you start the tour from Yotsugi.
The biggest reason is that the tour becomes more comfortable that way. The official map also recommends you to start at the Yotsugi station.
* Yotsugi is 35 minutes by train from Shinjuku and 41 minutes from Shibuya.
a) Bronze Statues
Twenty-four hours, but go before sunset.
- Lunch time: 11:30～15:00(last order 14:30)
- Dinner time: 17:30～22:30(last order 21:30)
Tuesdays is closed.
c) Captain Tsubasa color statue (Sport Center):
Closed the fourth Wednesday of each month or the next day in case the fourth Wednesday is a holiday.
d) Official Store
10: 00 ~ 19: 00 (Information to be confirmed)
From 4 to 5 hours is the time that you need to walk around all the town. If you do not have much time at least go to the store and the ninth statue (Ozora kicking a ball).
The town of the Super Champions is a bit far from the center of Tokyo, but there are several tourist places nearby (around 20 minutes by train).
I would recommend that you go first to Ueno, Asakusa or Akihabara and around 2 pm go to the Yotsugi station and when you finish you go up to the Tokyo Skytree.
a) Asakusa -> Yotsugi -> Tokyo Skytree
b) Yotsugi -> Asakusa -> Tokyo Skytree
c) Ueno -> Yotsugi -> Asakusa -> Tokyo Skytree
If your partner doesn’t like Captain Tsubasa, he/she can walk to Ueno Park or Asakusa while you take a picture with Ozora and friends.