The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo will always be one of our favorite dream destinations in Japan. (✿◠‿◠)
Here are 10 things you might want to know about the magical place:
- Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki designed the museum himself. ヽ(^。^)丿
- Photography and video recording are not allowed inside the Museum, for maximum visual experience.
- Aside from the Museum, there are many other Studio-Ghibli-related features in the area that one can explore: a cafe (Straw Hat Cafe), a rooftop garden, and a whimsical souvenir shop called Mamma Aiuto, based from Porco Rosso.
- The Cat Bus room, a room with a huge catbus, is an area where only children (below 12) are allowed to play.
- The Saturn Theater is a place where visitors can enjoy a short film showing.
- According to a statement by Hayao Miyazaki-san, he didn't want to make a museum that "treats its contents as if they were more important than people", hence the Ghibli Museum was made for the people to enjoy, understand, ponder, and feel.
- Entrance to the Ghibli Museum is strictly by advance purchase of a reserved ticket.
- The Museum is almost always closed on Tuesdays, except for special days and occasions.
- The Museum is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- The Ghibli Museum is accessible through a community loop bus from Mitaka Station. Mitaka Station is serviced by the Chūō Line. The museum does not have a parking space for private cars.
Have you ever been to the Ghibli Museum? Please share your experiences with us! ヾ(｡･ω･｡)