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Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

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Equal parts a children's, fine art, and technology museum, Ghibli Museum enchants visitors with its atmosphere of whimsy and fun. Devoted to the work of Studio Ghibli's animated films, the museum features a playroom, a rooftop garden, a bookstore and reading room, a sit-down cafe, and a gift shop. Identify your favorite characters and stills from movies like "Spirited Away," and view museum-exclusive short films in the basement movie theater. Use our Mitaka tourist route planner to visit Ghibli Museum on your trip to Mitaka, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one of our stops in our one day trip to Musashino at western Tokyo. We spend an hour first in Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en) which opens at 9:30AM. Then we wen...  more »
  • It was one of the highlights of our Tokyo trip. The place was not that big in terms of size but it's truly special especially if you are a fan of Miyazaki's work. As soon as we boarded the Ghibli bus ...  more »
  • I grew up watching Miyazaki films and this place is my childhood dream comes true! Love the film they played in the theatre that is not shown anywhere else!  more »
  • This is the closest I've come to feeling a child like sense of wonder and awe since I was in grammar school. A beautiful setting in a residential neighborhood that just brings the joy back to animation and fantasy. Interactive exhibits that challenge you to find the wonder in animated film making plus the beauty of Studio Ghibli. One big note, no photographs are allowed of any kind in the museum itself. On the roof? Sure. The grounds, sure, but when you go in- turn your phones and cameras off and take the wonder in that is the Ghibli mueseum. If I am lucky enough to go back to Japan, I will make sure I visit every. Single. Time. A highlight head and shoulders above the rest of the best trip of my life.
  • Absolutely brilliant, not even sure if I was dreaming or leaving reality! I was not so sure what to expect but really amazed by what I've seen. Only small things I have to say are the price of the goods and you can't take pictures at all, but the road to reach the museum is quiet and stunning, plus after you can enjoy the park next to it. Loved it! More than recommended for both studio Ghibli fan's or not.
  • Amazing! If you're traveling to Japan you owe it to yourself to go here. They don't allow pictures inside, but it is an amazing experience. They start with showing you animation, how it works, little interactive gadgets. You can travel to the theater afterwards for an exclusive short animation. Afterwards travel upstairs to see the amazing concept art, studio recreations, and cell animations hung on walls. They have a room showing at food that the characters eat in all the Ghibli movies and shows and some very masterfully and heartfelt recreations of kitchens from those shows complete with food models done so well they made me hungry. They have an amazing shop for books and also souvenirs and a delicate cafe that serves delicious themed food. So much fun. Worth the hassle of ordering tickets.
  • This is one of my favorite places. It has everything: a gift shop, a garden, movies, museum exhibits, and more. You can't take pictures inside to preserve the surprise for others, but boy will you want to. Or takes about two hours to go through it or not if you have kids playing there. I could go again and again.
  • Be prepared to be transported to a magical land when you walk through the doors. This small building packs one of the most magical experiences of any museum I've visited. From re-creations of the animator's work room, and deconstructing the production of an animated film to watching a short animated feature, Ghibli Museum engaged you from your first to your last minute there. A MUST VISIT! For newbies to Mizayaki (like my wife and I), watch at least 1-2 films first to fully appreciate the experience. Be sure to book your tickets 1 month in advance!