Animation has made up a great part of Japan’s popular culture, and no one has contributed to Japan’s animation industry like Studio Ghibli. Having produced some of the best, animated films in the last few decades, Ghibli has used their imagination enough to inspire the creation of the Ghibli Museum at Mitaka, Tokyo.
Tickets to the Ghibli Museum are bought exclusively at Lawson Loppi. Without purchasing tickets at Lawson’s ATM-like machine, it is virtually impossible to enter the museum.
Once you’ve purchased your museum tickets, you can also pick up round-trip bus tickets at the ticket machine at the JR Mitaka Station! From there, you can catch the special bus that caters exclusively to the Ghibli Museum visitors. And Ghibli fans will be amused with the quirky bus design! It’s the perfect vehicle to transport you into the whimsical world of Studio Ghibli.
Upon arriving, you may check the access map of the area to get an idea of which areas you’d like to visit the most. This helps make sure that you’re able to really get your money’s worth and enjoy yourself as well. Try to arrive early, before everyone arrives for lunch or other meal times because the Ghibli Museum Café becomes quite full and crowded at a certain time. So consider your mealtime before determining what time to visit the café.
Even before entering the museum proper, one thing to note is the beautiful and spacious surroundings of Mitaka. There is a park next to the Ghibli museum that you can freely explore before or after your visit. It is also a picturesque area to take a lot of photos, a good compromise, as photos are not permitted within the museum proper. One thing is for sure, whether you are inside or outside the Ghibli Museum, you will feel as if you have been transported into a fantastical Ghibli film with its homey interiors and touch of nature everywhere.
Do take advantage of the movie room within the museum where some of the Ghibli full-length and short films are played. Despite the films being shown in Japanese, it is still quite an experience to see the films within the museum environment.
It’s a shame that photos are not allowed inside the museum, because surely many people would just love to take photos next or inside the catbus (made famous in Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro) within the museum
One area that most people would be thrilled apart from the interior of the museum is the souvenir shop! Apart from being filled with loads of Ghibli-inspired merchandise, it has items that you can actually bring home with you and always remember the magic and whimsy from your favorite films. Make sure to bring some extra cash with you so that you can take home your favorite items like Totoro plushies and other character figurines.
Check out the following links for more information about the Ghibli museum, getting tickets and the museum access map: