Japanese TV shows such as animes, dramas, and variety shows are remarkably popular not just in Japan but also in other parts of the world. TV stations are aware of it that some of them have opened their doors to the public and to fans who would like to tour around their studios. Visitors will surely get excited to see lots of promotional posters, videos, props, and sets of their favorite TV shows, as well as official merchandise goods. Here are four TV stations in Tokyo that you can visit!
NHK Studio Park is part of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (日本放送協会), better known as NHK, which is a national public broadcasting station. Situated in Shibuya (渋谷区), this studio park offers interactive activities for visitors such as anime voice dubbing, newscasting, and video editing. Moreover, visitors can also take a look at recordings of shows as well as watch live programs from backstage.
There are also exhibitions and galleries for NHK’s current programs along with previous ones. Learn more about taiga drama (大河ドラマ, a year-long fiction drama in a historical setting) and asadora (朝ドラ, morning drama) which have been airing on NHK, too.
A studio cafe and a studio shop selling souvenirs and goods related to NHK and its shows are also available.
Fuji TV (フジテレビ) is a private TV station that telecasts popular anime such as Sazae-san (サザエさん) and Chibi Maruko-chan (ちびまる子ちゃん).
Fuji TV’s headquarters is located in Odaiba (お台場), and its futuristic building is one of the major attractions in the area. The silver globe on top of the building is an observatory called the “Hachitama” Spherical Observation Room where you can see a panoramic view of the city.
Below the Observation Room is the Mezama Sky where the set of the morning show Mezamashi TV (めざましテレビ) is located. There is also a Rooftop Garden where billboards of currently-aired dramas are displayed.
If you’re a fan of Fuji TV’s variety shows, then better check out their exhibition hall called Wonder Street. It displays pictures and videos of various programs, including some of the props used in their shows.
On the other hand, props, scripts, and costumes used in dramas and movies can be found in the Theater Mall. Shops selling merchandise and other goods can also be found here.
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Nippon TV or Nippon Television Network Corporation (日本テレビ放送網株式会社) is responsible for the airing of Anpanman (アンパンマン), Death Note, Detective Conan, Gokusen (ごくせん), and the annual charity event 24-Hour Television. Also known as Nippon Terebi (日本テレビ) or Nittere (日テレ), this TV station is managed by Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun (読売新聞).
Its main office, the NTV Tower, is located in Shiodome (汐留), which is one of the business districts in Tokyo. International architect Richard Rogers was in charge of the impressive modern architectural design of the 32-story building.
Just outside the tower is the Nittere Dai Tokei (日テレ大時計), a huge copper clock designed by one of the creators of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki. A crowd favorite, this animated clock is inspired by the Ghibli movie, Howl’s Moving Castle. You can catch the clock in action from Mondays to Fridays at 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 8:00 PM. The performance starts exactly 2 minutes and 45 seconds before the schedule, so it is best to be there at least a few minutes before.
Visitors can also watch and be part of a live broadcast through a glass-covered studio. There are also cafes, restaurants, and a specialty shop that sells souvenirs and merchandise of Ghibli movies and NTV’s various shows.
TV Asahi (株式会社テレビ朝日) or Tere Asa (テレ朝) is also another private TV broadcast station. Its main office is a six-floor glass-walled building situated in the Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ) complex.
Posters of some of the network’s shows are displayed on the first floor. Fans of the popular anime Doraemon (ドラえもん) would not want to miss this place as tons of pictures and statues of the adorable character are part of the exhibit.
A souvenir shop is also available for your favorite show’s merchandise products.
Visiting TV stations is truly an enjoyable experience for fans of Japanese TV shows. They are the perfect places to discover and learn more about Japan’s TV programs, not to mention there’s a wide selection of goods and souvenirs related to your favorite shows that you can buy. And who knows, a visit to one of these studios might give you the opportunity to see a Japanese celebrity doing a live broadcast or a taped recording, or even just dropping by, so keep an eye out!