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Ghibli Museum, Mitaka : Enter the Fantastical World of Studio Ghibli

Ghibli museum, located in Mitaka, Tokyo, is a treasure island for all Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli fans around the world. How to get there and buy tickets of the Ghibli museum?

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

Ghibli Museum
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Everyone was once a child that wished, “If only I could meet…” For those who wished to meet Mickey Mouse, Disneyland was the theme park that made their childhood dream come true. But how about us, who wished to meet Totoro? Well, it’s time to say goodbye to the days that we eyed the disney fans with great jealousy. Just as Disneyland brought all the disney fans to the theme park of their dreams, Ghibli Museum will take you to what you had dream for all your life!

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“Ghibli Museum, Mitaka” in Tokyo is a museum that showcases the work of Studio Ghibli, an animation studio which is known worldwide as the mother of Totoro, Spirited Away, and other internationally-known animation films. The museum can be divided into three different compartments: the permanent exhibitions, the temporary exhibitions, and the café attached (also known as the “Ghibli café Mugiwaraboshi”)

 

Permanent Exhibitions

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The permanent exhibition is composed with five small rooms, each showing the process of creating an animation film. The rooms are filled with little gadgets, that could eventually sprout into marvelous ideas.

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In the basement floor, is the museum’s miniature theater, “Dosei-za.” Here, studio Ghibli’s short animation films and their best recommended films are shown. The short Ghibli films that are shown here, cannot be seen anywhere else, therefore if you have a chance to go, don’t forget to go take a look!!

 

Temporary Exhibitions

What they have showcased in the temporary exhibition booth changes depending on the time of the year, but usually, if they have a new Ghibli movie coming out in theaters, they will have a special exhibition about it. The exhibitions change time by time, so make sure to check the Ghibli Museum Official Website to see what would be shown beforehand!

 

Ghibli Cafe Mugiwaraboshi

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Ghibli Museum
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After you’ve enjoyed your time looking at all the exhibitions, it’s time to go to the cafe for a little snack! The bright orange and red color of the walls and windows, the furniture, the scenery and everything will make you feel as if you were in the world of Ghibli.

 

Others

Not only can you meet Totoro at Ghibli museum, but also you can meet Catbus (Japanese: 猫バス Neko-basu), another idol-figure character of Totoro! Though not exactly as large as it is meant to be, there is a large Catbus stuffed animal in the second floor of Ghibli museum. Elementary school students and below are allowed to climb, bounce, and play with the large Catbus stuffed animal!

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If you go up one the roof from Catbus’s room, you will find yourself stepping a foot into the world of “Castle in the sky” (Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ Tenku-no-shiro-Rapyuta) . The five meter tall robot soldier statue surrounded with much green will surely make you feel as if you were away from the real world and in the world of Ghibli!

 

How to get Tickets

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In order to avoid confusion, Ghibli museum follows the policy of advance purchase of reserved tickets which can be used on a specific day and time. The way to purchase tickets differs depending which country you are in. Therefore, if you wish to buy a ticket, please go to their website and click on the your country. Please note that the tickets can only be purchased at a maximum of three months before hand. Tickets will be sold on the first day of each month.

Ghibli Museum

If you are to buy tickets in Japan, you will have to buy them using a machine called “Loppi”, which you can find in any Lawson in Japan. Please check their website to check how to buy the tickets through Loppi.

 

How to get there

#1. BUS

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5 minutes by bus from JR Mitaka Station.
*There is a special bus that has Ghibli characters on it! The bus will take you right in front of the museum, so if it’s your first time going and you don’t want to be lost, taking the Ghibli bus may be a good idea.

Fees:
Adults 210JPY for a one way trip, 320JPY for a round way ticket
Children 110JPY for a one way tip, 160JPY for a round way ticket

#2. WALK

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15 minute walk along the Tamagawa Josui (Japanese: 玉川上水) from the south exit of JR Mitaka Station.
*There are many signs on the way to the museum, so there is no need to be afraid of getting lost! The area is also known to have many cherry blossoms, so taking a nice pleasant walk to the museum may also be a good idea.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

Address: 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan 181-0013

Access: 15 minute walk along the Tamagawa Josui waterworks from JR Mitaka Station South exit
*There is a community bus approximately every 10 minutes from Mitaka Station to the museum

Opening Hours: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm
*Closed every Tuesdays and end of the year and new year’s.
*Museum also has Temporary Closing days, so be sure to check the museum calender.

Fees
1,000 JPY (19 and above)
700 JPY (13 ~ 18 )
400 JPY (7 ~ 12)
100 JPY (4 ~ 6 )
free (Children under 4)

Website: Ghibli Museum

 

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