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Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

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Equal parts a children's, fine art, and technology museum, Ghibli Museum enchants visitors with its atmosphere of whimsy and fun. Devoted to the work of Studio Ghibli's animated films, the museum features a playroom, a rooftop garden, a bookstore and reading room, a sit-down cafe, and a gift shop. Identify your favorite characters and stills from movies like "Spirited Away," and view museum-exclusive short films in the basement movie theater. Add Ghibli Museum to your Mitaka travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mitaka route builder app .
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  • If you’re in Tokyo and you’re in to Ghibli, you’ll love this place. You’d need to know your Ghibli to fully appreciate it but even with only modest familiarity, it‘s still a nice place to visit. It wa...  more »
  • Hong Kong can purchase tickets from JAL World, which requires a date but no time to specify. The museum started its business 10 hours in the morning, and we were close to 10 to three eagle, and it was about a minute to get to the connected bus (extra car). At the end of the show, you will be presented with a ticket (A4 paper) in Hong Kong, and the staff take away your A4 paper and give you a formal ticket. The library is divided into three layers and cannot be photographed, and there is a rooftop and a cafe that can be photographed outdoors. The three-floor souvenir shop is a sea of people, with a lot of special souvenirs for sale. Another corner has a cat bus for children to play, but need to get out of shoes can be inside, I see a Japanese girl (Junior high School model) want to go to play, the staff all said well, so must be the children can play first.
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  • Ghibli films are some of the most human works of art committed to film, not to mention the aesthetic wonders of its arts and animation. The Ghibli museum in Mitaka City is itself a wonder in design fo...  more »
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  • Great experience for kids and adults alike. They start off the tour with an exclusive movie to the Museum which is not shown elsewhere in the world. The rest of the museum contains 3 exhibition halls, 2 of which are permanent exhibitions, and one annual special. The special exhibition when I was there was an exhibition of food in the Ghibli films. You can really see the effort and thought behind the animation process, and how they try to make it as realistic and believable as possible. No English explanations were available though. For Ghibli fans, the shop and library are nice places to spend some of that hard-earned cash.
  • Amazing place! Fun AND fascinating! You can’t take any pictures inside ( though you can in the outside areas) so it makes you actually take real notice of what is there, which once you get over the urge to take photos, is really nice. Recommend for anyone who loves Ghibli, and to be honest, even for those who haven’t really seen any / much Ghibli stuff. You can buy some food and gifts inside, and you get a showing of something unique and Ghibli that not many other people will see. The park surrounding it is nice too. You only need 2-3 hours to have a good look around, and it really isn’t expensive. Though tickets MUST be booked in advance and go pretty quick. So if you are heading to Tokyo, research this sooner rather than later!
  • The Ghibli Museum is a magical place and a must see if you're a fan of the films! The fact that photography is not permitted inside allows you to be drawn into the Ghibli world and there is plenty to do for adults as well as children. Sitting in the adult sized cat bus and seeing loads of breathtaking original drawings and an exclusive short film, included in the ticket price, were definite highlights! Make sure you save enough time for the outdoor cafes when it's sunny outside which offer, among many things, craft beers which are unique to the museum. Don't worry, they have plenty of heat lamps in winter. Finally, the gift shop is a sight to behold and is not overly priced, as some museum gift shops tend to be. Overall, a great day out and I would definitely return again on my next trip to Japan!
  • Must do experience if you're a fan of Ghibli animations - still a good visit if you're not. Getting a ticket in advance is a must - you cannot buy tickets there at all. Best way is online, tickets for outside the country are released the month before - about 1am UK time, and they sold out in less than 3 hours so check when they are available and set an alarm! Inside the museum are some great rooms, set out really well (no photos allowed inside at all), and a roof garden. Also there is a café and short unique film screening (only available at the museum). Great for adults and a couple of extra bits for the kids too.
  • YOU MUST BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE! Only 10,000 yen per person. Super fun for kids and adults alike! Ghilbi was a whimsical and fun experience! Not being overly familiar with his work, we went not really knowing what to expect! We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed walking around and through all the nooks and crannies of this place. There was a short film inside a beautiful theatre room that ran on repeat through out our visit, a few permanent galleries and one special exhibit. It was cool to see how animation evolved and how their technology changed through out the years! A few interactive elements as well! The line up to get into the cafe to have lunch was super long, so we settled for a hot dog and soup at the snack bar just beside the cafe - both quite tasty! It was pretty busy inside despite the ticket entry times being staggered but it wasn’t too bad. Definitely a fun way to spend a few hours even if you haven’t seen a film! A more recent mention from Tiff was “The Red Turtle” - awesome film!
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