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The Ghibli Museum ~ bringing you into the world of Studio Ghibli ~

To go into the world of Studio Ghibli, you’ll need to first take the JR trains to Mitaka station (三鷹駅). Exiting from the South exit (南口, Minami-guchi) you will find the roundabout where the bus stop is located.
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When you exit, the bus stop is on the left of the south exit of Mitaka station. There are special bus services running between Mitaka station and the Ghibli museum. During the opening hours of the museum, the bus will come every 10 minutes.
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You can either use the IC card (PASMO, Suica, etc) or you can also buy the bus ticket at this machine to board the bus.

The bus fare is:
  • One way: Adult 210 JPY / Child 110 JPY
  • Round trip: Adult 320 JPY / Child 160 JPY

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After waiting for a while, you’ll see a cute yellow colored bus coming to bring you into the world of studio Ghibli!! 🚌
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Not only the bus, the bus stop is super Ghibli as well!! Even before arriving at the station, you’ll see how much effort they have put in, and it is definitely a must visit for Studio Ghibli fans! 👍🏻
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The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館, Mitaka no Mori Jiburi Bijutsukan) is a museum by Studio Ghibli, it is a museum that showcases the works of Studio Ghibli and the work and technique of creating animation. It is located in Mitaka city (三鷹市), on the west of central Tokyo.Exterior of The Ghibli Museum_1

There are show rooms that changes time to time to feature different themes of studio Ghibli’s work, other show rooms have permanent exhibitions of the history of animation and how Studio Ghibli’s films are created.

Delicious! Animating Memorable Meals” is the current themed exhibition at The Ghibli Museum. This exhibition is planned to be showcased from 2017/05/27 to 2018/05.
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Some of you may be wondering what Studio Ghibli is, it is a famous Japanese animation film studio, creating world known animations including My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro), Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), and much more.
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At the front entrance, you’ll see someone greeting you to the museum…
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Get closer, you’ll finally see him!! A big Totoro at the ticket office waiting for the museum guests ✨
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The Ghibli Museum was designed by the famous Studio Ghibli’s film director, Mr. Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿) and was opened on October 1st, 2001. Mr. Miyazaki said he wanted the building itself to be part of the exhibition, with the famous characters that he have created, displayed at all kinds of places in the museum.
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The museum itself is interesting for its visitors to explore, with several stair cases, bridges, dead ends, small doors, and much more. The visitors can enjoy going around the museum, looking for new corners that he or she hasn’t seen.
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When entering the museum, you will receive a special ticket that includes 3 cuts of films in the middle, the films are randomly picked, so it is interesting to see which animation’s film did you receive 🎞
Tickets of The Ghibli Museum

Other than the exhibition room, The Ghibli museum also contains a cafe, store, bookstore, garden on the roof, and a small theatre for showing exclusive short films created by Studio Ghibli. Not only the exhibition changes, the short film also changes every few months, that’s why you need to return to the museum to see those exclusive exhibitions and animation films!

Remember to keep the ticket that you received at the entrance, you’ll need that to enter the theatre to see the special short film.
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There is a big staircase on the outside of the museum, climb up and you’ll see something surprising!
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The full view of the museum….
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And the huge robot from the Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ, Tenku no Shiro Rapyuta)!! If you haven’t seen this movie, you should definetly watch it ~ it is exciting and will bring a nice and warm feeling to you when finished ✨
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On the rooftop, there is another spot made for the same animation ~ for who doesn’t know what it is, it’s time for you to rent or buy that movie 😆
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The inside of the museum is full interesting details and hidden characters for its visitors to explore; that is why this museum is described as “a portal to a storybook world.” Mr. Miyazaki wants the museum’s visitor to enjoy it and get lost together in the museum while visiting 😊
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However, the museum does not allow any photos taken inside the building. It is for the visitors to actually go in and experience the special world of Studio Ghibli by themselves ✨

That is why you haven’t seen any photos of the interior of the museum, but even only the exterior, you’ll have loads of photos when leaving the Ghibli museum!!
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There is also a cafe called The Straw Hat Café (Japanese menu) (カフェ麦わらぼうし, Cafe Mugiwara Boshi), you can enjoy the world of Studio Ghibli and the food together~
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However it may be very crowed especially on weekends and holidays…we didn’t get the chance to try it 😢
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There is also a take out corner for people who only want some light food 🍦

Hopefully next time we will be able to go try out the cafe as well!
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The last spot where you can take pictures is at the back yard of the building. You’ll find another robot on the ground.
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There is also a well pump where you can try to pump water out like Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro)
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On the side of the wall near the well pump, you’ll find some hidden famous Ghibli characters ✨
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There is also a lovely door that you can see 😍
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After your entry to the museum, you’re free to stay as long as you would like~ you can take your time to enjoy the world of Ghibli 👍🏻
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But remember you are only allowed to enjoy them and only take pictures outside, not inside the museum~
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Before leaving the museum, you can also stop by the gift shop and find some nice Studio Ghibli’s souvenirs with you to bring home ✨
Souvenirs from The Ghibli Museum

For Ghibli lovers, there is another place that you should visit! Click to see blog post about Totoro cream puffs ~ The Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory

Visited 2017/06

Information for The Ghibli Museum

1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi,Tokyo 181-0013 (〒181-0013 東京都三鷹市下連雀1丁目1−83)
  • JR Mitaka station (三鷹駅), South exit (南口), 15 minutes on foot.
  • JR Mitaka station (三鷹駅), 5 minutes on the community bus.
Community bus:
  • Comes every 10 minutes during the museum’s opening hours.
  • One way: Adult 210 JPY / Child 110 JPY
  • Round trip: Adult 320 JPY / Child 160 JPY
Opening hours
10:00 ~ 18:00
  • The museum is closed during various times through out the year for maintenance and other reasons. The exact dates changes every year, please refer to the Home Page for detail information.
  • Age 19 and above: 1,000 JPY
  • Age 13 to 18: 700 JPY
  • Age 7 to 12: 400 JPY
  • Age 4 to 6: 100 JPY
  • Under 4 years old: Free
To purchase the ticket:
  • All the tickets have to be purchased beforehand, no tickets are sold on site. The tickets are able to be purchased at convenience store, LAWSON. The tickets are only for a certain date and certain entry time. For detail information about ticket purchasing, please click HERE (Refer to the Ticket section)
* Remember to bring an ID with you for entering the museum. The tickets purchased will need a representative’s name, the ID will have to match the name on the tickets.
  • Depending on where you buy the tickets, the payment will be different.
  • At the shops and cafe, you can pay with Cash, JCB, VISA, MASTER, AMEX, Diners Club.
The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)
Recommended locations for hotels
  • To visit The Ghibli Museum, we recommend staying at hotels near Shinjuku station because you can access Mitaka station from Shinjuku station with a direct train.
  • From JR Shinjuku station, take the JR Chuo Line Express service (中央線 快速) to Mitaka station (approx. 15 minutes, 220 JPY per person).
  • You can find the hotels near Shinjuku station at Agoda or
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