Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum information

Location
Tokyo , Japan
Address
1-1-83 Shimo-Renjaku
Mitaka-shi
Getting there
Train: JR Chūō line to Mitaka, south exit
More information
www.ghibli-museum.jp
Prices
adult ¥1000, child ¥100-700
Opening hours
10am-6pm Wed-Mon
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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki, whose Studio Ghibli produced Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away , designed this museum himself. Fans will enjoy the original sketches; kids, even if they’re not familiar with the movies, will fall in love with the fairy-tale atmosphere. Don’t miss the original 20-minute animated short playing on the 1st floor; it changes regularly to keep fans coming back.

Getting to Ghibli (which is pronounced ‘jiburi’ ) is all part of the adventure. Entry tickets must be purchased in advance, and you must also choose the exact time and date you plan to visit. You can do this online through a travel agent before you arrive in Japan (which is the easy option) or from a kiosk at any Lawson convenience store in Tokyo (which is the difficult option, as it will require some Japanese-language ability to navigate the ticket machine). Both options are explained in detail on the website, where you will also find a useful map.

A useful minibus (round trip/one way ¥300/200) leaves for the museum approximately every 20 minutes from Mitaka Station (bus stop no 9). Alternatively, you can walk there by following the canal and turning right when you reach Inokashira-kōen (which will take about 15 minutes). The museum is actually on the western edge of Inokashira-kōen and you can walk there through the park from Kichijōji Station. This option will take you about 30 minutes.