Ghibli MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +81-570055777
- Ticket Price: 1000 JPY
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Ghibli Museum - Review
A Ghibli studio is the home of Totoro- a character that is associated with nature and nostalgia that can only be the sweetness of our childhoods. Based on the movie “Tonari no Totoro” (the English title is My neighbor Totoro) has a world-wide fan following over a wide age-group. This museum has art and figurines inspired by the movies from the studio production and art work of creator Hayao Miyazaki. His animation films are known for their endearing quality and coming of age story-lines among others. The museum was also designed my Miyazaki and it shows how story-boarding and animation actually work. The building is a mini-maze with no specific sequence of what to look at first. For those who have not watched a Ghibli studio movie, it is still a wonderful experience because it has a retro theme worked in with the sweetness of an animated film for children. It will leave you starry-eyed and wanting to be part of a magical journey forever.
It has a cute cafe as well where you can enjoy a themed snack.
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Ghibli Museum Information
- It would help to be aquainted with Miyazaki's movies like My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo and ProcoRosso.
- They strictly forbid photography inside the museum but the cafe and the park in which the museum is situated are great places to picnic.
- The tickets have to be bought in advance and so the venue is not very crowded.
- Wear comfortable casual clothes.
- Tickets for each month up to three months ahead will be sold from the 1st of every month. So booking ahead is compulsory.
How To reach Ghibli Museum by Public Transport
- Bus: Mitaka station to Museum- 200 yen one way and 300 yen for round trip.
- Train: JR Chuo Line Mitaka station-approx. 15 min. walk along the TamagawaJosui "Waterworks" to the museum.
Restaurants Near Ghibli Museum
- Patteserrie Cote-Du-Bois
- La Forte
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54.15% of people who visit Tokyo include Ghibli Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
62.4% of people start their Ghibli Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Ghibli Museum
92.56% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ghibli Museum
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Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Reviews
If you love Ghibli, then this is a good museum. Tickets are hard to come by and must be purchased way in advance, but the base price of around ¥1000 is reasonable. Everything is in Japanese however, so if you are interested in the behind-the-scenes aspects and can't read Japanese, you might want to reconsider going. Also, the store is quite small (you can find more selection from Ghibli stores located around Japan). But overall a fun experience, especially the short movie. I recommend coming early when the museum is less crowded. Also expect lots of stair climbing.
The museum is absolutely fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of animation but I found the two hours I spent here a few months ago absolutely fascinating. The material is naturally mostly in Japanese but gives an insight into the production process. The design/layout is also enjoyable as an experience, especially the walkways on the higher levels and the exposed stairwell down to the ground floor. My favourite bit of the day was the free screening of an ecological short film. And I still have my free gift which all visitors were given.
Please note that you are not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. For people who are big fans of Studio Ghibli this is a must see. This place is truly magical even down to the tickets. Once you enter you receive a little cut of film from one of their movies which makes a good keepsake! You get to see the world of animation in such an interesting way. There is even a short animation shown that has never been seen before
What more can you say! Epic experience. They don’t really allow pictures here. So the only thing you can take of is the surrounding. If you are going to visit Japan. Make sure you book this Way In Advance otherwise if you’re going to turn up on the day - Please expect to be disappointed. When we were there, it was quite pack but everything was orderly and the staff managed the queue very well as the limit the number of people in the building every hour. We spent some time at the souvenir shop and finish off the evening at the cafe with some curry and green tea latte. Unforgettable experience. Won’t be back for second unless with kids. This is something you would do once and that’s it.
Magical for fans of the Ghibli movies. From playful exhibits about the nature of animation to the process and source materials used by the animators, it's a beautifully designed location... But you aren't allowed to take photos! You can't buy tickets at the box office but have to turn up with tickets bought remotely or online. Getting to the place on public transport involves getting a public bus (sadly not a cat bus) from a suburban station but it is well signposted in English too so shouldn't terrify less practised Tokyo travelers.