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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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  • It's a lovely museum, very bright and open with lots of things to look at. However, you cannot take photos, understandable but disappointing. It's mostly aimed at children, which is fantastic but it w...  more »
  • This is a lovely, small and quirky museum. We bought our tickets online one month before and had to show our passport to enter. I loved the whimsical exhibitions. Learning about animation and seeing h...  more »
  • Getting tickets from outside the country is a challenge but it can be done! They go on sale the 10th of each month for the following 2 months. Be ready and factor in the time change. Also, note when y...  more »
  • Going to Ghibli museum had been my dream for quite some time and since we couldn't score a ticket last year, this year was going to be the year! If you're visitor from overseas, do yourself a favour and get someone in Japan to buy the ticket for you from Lawson. It's much easier than giving your credit card number over the phone, but you must remember that the sale for the ticket started a month before starting on the 10th. This place is very accessible from Mitaka station, there's a huge sign where you could wait for the cat bus (not exactly the many-legged ones, unfortunately) that would take you to Ghibli museum. The only regret that I have for this museum is that the no-photograph policy, but I suppose they want to maintain the secrecy. Upon arrival we got a map and a ticket to the short movie at the small theatre they have on the ground floor. There's no start and no end sign at the museum, explore at your own pace and will. It's more fun that way! Apart from the famous characters found in Ghibli movies (we found the huge catbus on the 2nd floor on the west wing, and it was as furry as you could imagine) they also present the technique of making the films. There was this particular "rotating machine" on the basement where you could see how cartoon film was made. It was amazing. You could also get to the roof where you could take photographs here, but not in the inside. Don't forget to visit the museum shop, so many treasures in there, even more than you could find in those authorised Ghibli souvenir shops. I got myself a soot gremlin and a couple of postcards. If you're a big fan of Ghibli works, this place is a must visit.
  • A must go for all Studio Ghibli fans! Feel the magic once you enter the Museum. Simply beautiful and a great experience with the family. Not a lot of interactive exhibits, but just looking and experiencing the place itself is wonderful enough.
  • Beautiful and awe inspiring. They designed this studio for kids and adults. The exhibits are amazing and show off the pure artistry of Ghibli. There is magic in every corner. If you have kids let them play in the cat bus! Keep in mind there are no pictures inside. It makes sense because can't capture how amazing everything is. Also, the gift shop is on the third floor and will be packed. Makes sure you buy your tickets a month in advance too.
  • It can be highlights of your travel in Japan. Hayao Miyazaki changing the game of animation single handedly, if u havent yet recognize his works prepare for a mind blowing experience.
  • Brilliant insight into Studio Ghibli. Now has an adult CatBus neko basu! Great film shoe and fantastic detail in the study area. Outside garden a treat for Laputa fans. If you are an overseas visitor book your ticket early before you get to Japan as they are very limited. I got mine 3 months early. Worth it if you are a keen fan of Ghibli animation.