Jun 22
Jun 23

Tōyako Manga Anime Festa 2024


Every year, thousands of anime and manga fans descend on the peaceful town of Tōyako Onsen.

What happens?

Cosplay is a massive part of this annual festival. There will be cosplay parades, exhibitions, and, of course, contests. Stare at the blinged-out anime cars, known colloquially as itasha, at the Itasha Competition, and try the plenty of other things to see and do, like manga markets, photo spots, and lakeside fireworks.

Photo by Toyako Town


This is an open-air, free event and while you don’t need to purchase any special tickets, you can buy a “pamphlet” for ¥1,500 for the two days. This pamphlet will allow you free access to the changing room — if you are planning on cosplaying — and other areas, including the shuttle bus. The proceeds will also go towards running future events.

How to get there

If you aren’t driving your itasha anime car to the festival, then you’ll need to get a bus or train from Sapporo. A special bus service is operated during the Festa and costs ¥2,800 without a pamphlet and ¥4,000 with. Book here.

Don’t know how to get to Sapporo? It’s pretty easy from Tokyo.

Photo by Toyako Town
Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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