The Ghibli Museum (Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan) is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghlibi, one of Japan’s most famous animation studios.
They have produced many feature films with worldwide distribution such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. .
Located in Mitaka (Tokyo), the museum is a must see for movie fans. The venue itself is whimsically designed in the distinctive style of the studio’s films, and many of its famous characters are there, including the life-size Castle in the Sky robot in the roof garden.
The first floor of the museum showcases the history and animation techniques and has a small theater that features short Studio Ghibli films that are unique to the museum.
The second floor houses special temporary exhibits. The museum also has a café, children’s area, a rooftop garden and a gift shop.
Museum tickets are not sold on site and must be purchased in advance.
A limited number of tickets can be purchased online through Lawson HMV Entertaiment at I-tike.com for a regular price of ¥ 1,000.
Buying at Lawson Kiosks
Tickets can be purchased at Lawson convenience stores in Japan using Loppi kiosks. Tickets for a given month go on sale on the 10th of the previous month.
A specific entry date and time must be selected when purchasing the ticket. While weekends and school holidays are extremely popular and often sold out, weekday tickets are easier to get.
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Ghibli Museum (美術館 鷹 の 森 ジ ブ リ 美術館 Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan)
- Open from 10am to 6pm
- Website for information: http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
- There is no parking at the museum
Public transport access:
You can reach the museum from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo Line.
There are circular buses from the station to the museum (¥ 210 one way, ¥ 320 round trip, children pay half price), while a taxi ride costs about ¥ 750.
Alternatively you can walk about 20 minutes to the museum from Mitaka Station or Kichijoji Station through Inokashira Park.
Based on the site Japan Guide