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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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  • You can see Miyazaki's many work desks and studios (definitely mad scientist), his early sketches--Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and others. The animation process is detailed in stunning ways, i...  more »
  • I suggest a big'd with the expectation. In the Museum, photos and camera recording cannot be made sad. The happy side of me, it was the diversity of the Museum shop. If you like a miyazaki anyway in spite of everything, you leave happy.
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  • lovely day out, museum has a cafe and shop so could stay most of the day. very interesting anime animations films, very cute. definitely bring a camera  more »
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  • Very nicely built and decorated museum. If you're a Ghibli fan it's a must see, IF you are in Tokyo. I wouldn't recommend travelling from Osaka or Kyoto (or other cities far away from Tokyo) for the museum. It is a tad too small in my opinion, and had expected to see even more. Basically there are around 3 rooms to visit, of which 1 is a thematic room that changes from time to time. The screening of a special short film of Ghibli is definitely fun and the move ticket stub as an entrance ticket is genious. But I expected much more Ghibli magic, the store in the museum also had less merchandising than I expected, you can find more in other Ghibli stores. Maybe my expectations were too high, and it was not completely fulfilled. That's why I give it a 4 out of 5. My opinion would be: If you are already in Tokyo and a Ghibli fan, definitely go there. If you're doing a trip in Japan and wasn't planning to go to Tokyo, don't make a detour for it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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