Once a year, anime fans from all over the world gather to Kyoto to take part in Kyomaf
Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair, often shortened to Kyomaf, is one of the biggest anime events in west Japan. This fair was originally started to promote manga and anime culture all over the world, from the always popular ancient capital of Kyoto. During this fair there are all kinds of events at Miyako-Messe in Okazaki and Kyoto Manga Museum in Karasuma. There are many booths by Japanese companies showcasing the latest anime and manga series, panels by anime voice actors, and at the Character Café you can enjoy food and drinks inspired by popular anime and manga characters. And you shouldn’t forget about cosplay, so this event is sure to please those interested in Japanese culture.
Kyomaf Stage with popular voice actors and “Open Stage”
The event takes place over a two day period, and on the event stage you get to see panels with voice actors and short live performances by artists. There are two stages: the Kyomaf Stage, for which you have to enter a lottery to enter, and an Open Stage you can freely go and see.
Publishers and animation companies all have booths where they PR their latest works. There are panels with posters on them, merchandise on sale, and many mini-events, so there is a lot for you to enjoy at the booths.
Take a break at the Character Cafe
At the Character Café they sell food and drinks inspired by the animes Fate/Grand Order and Ensemble Stars. The foods and drinks are all unique and must-haves for fans of these animes.
The basement floor of Miyako-Messe is reserved for cosplay, and here you can freely take pictures of the cosplayers. Note that you can only take pictures on the basement floor, but can walk around the event hall wearing cosplay. To cosplay, you need to buy an additional 1,000 yen cosplay ticket in addition to the entrance fee.
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Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair / 京まふ
|Address||Miyako-Messe: 9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8343 Kyoto Manga Museum: Karasuma-Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0846|
|Directions||Miyako-Messe: An 8-minute walk from subway Tozai line Higashiyama Station, or take Kyoto City Bus #5 or #100 from Kyoto Station and get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan Heian Jingu-mae bus stop. Kyoto Manga Museum: A 2-minute walk from exit 2 of subway Karasuma and Tozai line Karasuma Oike Station.|
|Event time||Miyako-Messe: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Entrance until 4:30 p.m.) Kyoto Manga Museum: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Entrance by 7:30 p.m.)|
|Cancellations||Not canceled in case of rain.|
Advance tickets: 1,200 yen for a one-day ticket. Same day tickets from Miyako-Messe or Manga Museum: 1,800 yen for a one-day ticket. *Advance tickets can be bought from Lawson convenience stores, Kyoto Manga Museum, and other places. Same day tickets: 1,500 yen for a one-day ticket. *Same day tickets purchased from Miyako-Messe by students, those with disabilities, or by foreign passport holders are discounted at 1,300 yen. (Passport required.) *Same day tickets can be purchased from Miyako-Messe or from Lawson’s ticket machine Loppi among other places.
|Credit cards||Not accepted.|
The fair takes place in Okazaki, where there are many sightseeing spots, and in Karasuma, which is in the center of Kyoto, so it’s very easy to get to Kyomaf. Their homepage is also available in English and other languages.
|Information||Japanese and English, plus other languages through machine translation.|
|Lanuages spoken||Some staff members can speak English, Chinese, and Korean.|