Equal parts a children's, fine art, and technology museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka 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. Add Ghibli Museum Mitaka to your Mitaka travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mitaka route builder app.
Tours to Ghibli Museum Mitaka
$50 BOOK WITH VIATOR Pre-Order request for Studio Ghibli Museum – including Ticket delivery
Duration: 2 hours
$20 BOOK WITH VIATOR Local bar hopping tour with cultural activity at Kichijoji town
Duration: 3 hours
Ghibli Museum Mitaka reviews
They wouldn’t let me mark earlier, but I actually went in fall of 2017. No photography allowed, which almost made the experience more special. There’s Ghibli themed food, and inside looks into the... more »
Bought tickets online and transport there was extremely easy. Their lining up system was relaxed and organised too. This is really money well spent for both adults and children! I would revisit again.... more »
Cat bus was awesome for my child There was a short movie All rooms were so pretty Cafe was too busy & outside of the museum have only few cafes more »
You can't take any pictures inside but it's great for all Ghibli lovers, you'll get to see some interesting artworks and get a better look into the production of Ghibli movies and also an exclusive short film. The short film and most of the installations aren't in English so beware, you'll likely have a quick gander and move on. You get a cool little film reel as your admission for the short film/exhibition. Great experience if you have children for to let your inner child out and explore the mind of Studio Ghibli.
I grew up on Ghibli, so this was life changing for me. They don't allow photographs inside the museum, so excuse the lack of photos. They show the process behind creating all of the most beloved films including the animation and coloring. It's absolutely amazing and the gift shop is adorable, too.
Absolutely love it! We went at 4pm and it wasn't too busy but I wish I had gone earlier for the day light and the museum closes at 6pm so it is a time crunch to see and eat at the cafe due to the line up. But other then that it was a amazing experience. No photos allow in the museum but outside and at the cafe it is permitted. They even have lockers for you so you can store your stuff but for a fee of course.
Great if you're a lover of Ghibli like me but keep in mind that all the information around the museum is in Japanese and you can't have your phone out so can't use an app to translate them. Would have been really awesome if there'd been some info we could read! The building itself is beautiful, lots of gorgeous Ghibli stained glass etc but don't bother with the gift shop - you can buy the same stuff in Japanese department stores elsewhere anyway.
I would give this 6 stars if I could! I can only wish there were more of it. This is a superb example of extending the experience of the films and rewarding the people who attend with extras and behind the scenes insights. Tickets are hard to get if you are not in Japan for an extended period, so you will have to apply for them well in advance with a local travel agency. If you love the films, and you can get to Tokyo it is not to be missed.
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