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Immerse Yourself in The World of Ghibli in Tokyo! The Charms of The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is filled with the charming productions of Studio Ghibli. Hayao Miyazaki, the world-renowned Japanese anime director responsible for famous works such as "Spirited Away" and "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," designed the museum as a place for children and adults alike to enjoy themselves. Having received a revamp of its facilities in 2016, this museum packs even more of a punch than ever before!

What is Studio Ghibli, Mitaka?

Studio Ghibli, Mitaka is an animation museum that is located in Inokashira Park. In this revolutionary museum, you can experience for yourself first-hand the fantasy worlds of famous Studio Ghibli productions such as "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," "My Neighbor Totoro," and "Spirited Away." The building almost obsessively follows the original designs of Hayao Miyazaki down to every last detail, and you can immerse yourself into the world of Ghibli as the museum's catchphrase "let's get lost together." Entrance tickets have to be bought in advance, and the date and time of entry is fixed.
Totoro awaits your visit in the (fake) ticket booth near the main entrance! Exchange your entry voucher for a "film" ticket and get ready for your Studio Ghibli journey!

What is Studio Ghibli, Mitaka?

1-1-83 Shimo Renjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

Find Out More About The Ghibli Film Production Process! (Permanent Exhibit)

The permanent exhibit "Where a Film is Born," located on the first floor of the museum, contains many sketches, gadgets, and half-read books. It consists of 5 small exhibit rooms, and examining each and every one of these rooms will give you a better idea of the film production process. The exhibit has such a realistic atmosphere, as if someone was at the table putting his ideas on paper just a moment ago, that you'll feel the excitement of being part of the film production team.

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Enjoy Limited-Time Annual Exhibits (Special Exhibitions)

Since its opening in 2001, Ghibli Museum, Mitaka has had 14 special exhibitions such as "Spirited Away," "Heidi, Girl of the Alps," and "Laputa: Castle in the Sky," and machines from fantasy science. The contents of the special exhibit room usually change annually. These special exhibits are very interesting and enjoyable, incorporating multiple perspectives with regard to animation or movie productions, and is worth a look even if you are not a Ghibli fan. From Saturday, July 16, 2016 to May 2017 (tentative), the special exhibit "All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest" will be on display. Previous popular exhibits, such as the Cat Bus that even adults can enter, are back for a limited period of time, so don't miss them this time round!

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Watch a Ghibli Original Short Animated Feature! (Theater)

You can watch a Ghibli original short animated feature at the Saturn Theater on the basement floor of the museum. The theater seats about 80 people, and if you look up while sitting on the red benches, you will notice that the ceiling has been painted with a blue sky, giving it a nice and cheery atmosphere.
Characters from Ghibli productions like "My Neighbor Totoro" make special appearances in the original short feature and "Mei and the Cat Bus" in addition to new films such as "Treasure Hunting" and "Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess." There are a total of 9 original short animated features that are rotated on a monthly basis. These short films are not even available on DVD, so the only way to watch them is at the Saturn Theater. Don't miss this!

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Ride on the Cat Bus! (Limited to Elementary School Children and Below)

There is a room on the 2nd floor that houses the Cat Bus from the popular film "My Neighbor Totoro." People who have seen this film before might have imagined themselves riding on the Cat Bus, and you can make this dream come true at Ghibli Museum, Mitaka! Only if you are an elementary student or younger, unfortunately. You can ride either on top of or inside the Cat Bus, and you can enjoy it to your heart's content.
For adults who wish to ride on the Cat Bus, the special exhibit "All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest" is available from Saturday, July 16, 2016 to May 2017 (tentative). A large Cat Bus that can seat adults will be on display for this limited period of time!

© Museo d’Arte Ghibli

Meet The Robot Soldier From "Laputa: Castle in the Sky"!

On the grassy rooftop garden of the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka stands the 5-meter tall guardian of Laputa, the Robot Soldier, reminding you of scenes from "Laputa: Castle in the Sky." Fans will be delighted to know that there is a key stone inscribed with the Laputan language in front of the Robot Soldier. On clear days, you can get a nice view of the surrounding greenery from this rooftop garden. The view is so refreshing that you might almost forget that you are actually in Tokyo!

© Museo d’Arte Ghibli

Take a Break in the Cafe, or Do Some Shopping at the Souvenir Shop!

If you wish to take a break and fill your empty stomach, the Straw Hat Cafe, located within the museum, serves drinks, desserts, and wholesome set meals to delight its customers. Its menu has all sorts of cute creations made in the image of Ghibli productions, such as the Straw Hat Cafe Omelet Rice (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)), Shortcake with Unevenly-Cut Strawberries (800 JPY (incl. tax)), or the Noppara (Wild Field) Cream Soda (600 JPY (incl. tax)). The classy Beer of the Valley of the Winds is also recommended.
The usually crowded "Mamma Auito!" souvenir store on the 2nd floor has a good selection of cute and original goods, such as postcards, celluloid photos, and even cookies. Why don't you get something as a remembrance for your trip here?

How to Purchase Your Tickets

Tickets for the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, have to be reserved in advance, and the date and time of entry are fixed. Tickets are not sold on the spot, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. The system is that starting the 10th of every month at 10:00 am, tickets for the following month are sold. As there are a limited number of tickets sold for each date and entry time, you will have to decide when you will enter the museum at the point of time that you make the purchase. Tickets for Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, as well as early time slots sell out really fast, so you should plan for a trip to the Ghibli Museum in advance so that you will be able to get tickets.
Within Japan, there is only one way to get the tickets, and that is through the convenience store Lawson. Outside of Japan, you can either get tickets through a travel agent, or through Lawson's online ticketing system. Please check the official homepage for more details.
※You will have to fill in your name when you purchase the tickets, and there might be cases where museum staff might request for identification verification. Please don't forget to bring proof of identification, such as your passport, when you visit the Ghibli Museum.

Tickets ("Film" ticket exchange voucher): Adults/College Students 1,000 JPY, Middle/High School Students 700 JPY, Elementary School Students 400 JPY, Young Children (4 Years and Above) 100 JPY (all prices incl. tax), Free for Children below 4
Entry Times: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm daily
Closed on Tuesdays and during maintenance periods.

How to Purchase Your Tickets

Do you feel like visiting now? Please come to the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, and bring out the inner child in you when you come to Tokyo for sightseeing!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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