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“Must-see for Ghibli fans” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum
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Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Mitaka
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The brainchild of award-winning Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki, this museum includes a theater showing film excerpts, a whimsical children's play zone, a rooftop garden, and exhibits related to his movies, including Spirited Away.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Must-see for Ghibli fans”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

A great little museum for all Studio Ghibli fans. Short films, unique to the museum, are shown every 20 mins,don't miss them. Even though we enjoyed the museum a lot it is probably not worth the 40 min trip from Shinjuku if you do not know the Ghibli characters.

Visited June 2014
Thank Jonas P
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“Fantasy world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

The museum itself is not large, but it's very interesting. It's a fantasy type place dedicated to anime, but it's very enjoyable even if you're not interested in anime or manga. Doesn't take long to go through and you're free to roam as long as you want.
You can take food to eat on the patio of the cafe, which I suggest. The wait at the cafe was 30+ minutes and the food was not worth the wait.
Our daughters loved it and we'd definitely recommend it. We'd probably go back if we're ever in Tokyo again.

Thank Michael H
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“Love it love it love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

There are surprises everywhere you look. I love all movies produced by Studio Ghibli and I don't think I can come here enough times!
The moment I laid my eyes on the museum, I'm in love with every stairs, every paths, every plant and every brick of this place.
We spent 4 hours in the museum but still not enough. It is a fantasy land where I wish didn't have to leave.

Visited June 2014
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“Beautiful, fun museum; buy tickets in advance!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

If you are a fan of any Studio Ghibli movies, this is a must-do experience. Visiting the museum is fun from the moment you enter the grounds; a giant Totoro greets you, and the outside of the building is beautiful and very unusual. There isn't much English here, but that doesn't matter because you can still enjoy almost everything. Included in your ticket price is a short film, shown only at the museum, which is rotated throughout the year. The film is only in Japanese, but it's still worth seeing, and the plot typically is relatively simple, so you can generally follow it.

You cannot take pictures inside the museum but can purchase a wonderful small booklet in the gift shop that has photos of everything, so you can remember your time there.

You cannot buy tickets at the museum and must purchase them in advance of your visit. If you live overseas you have two main options: buy from the JTB office in your home country or get them from a from a ticket machine in a Lawson convenience store. JTB sells tickets 3-4 months advance and they often sell out. You can purchase tickets for specific month starting on the first of the month three months prior; for example, on 1 June you can buy tickets for any date through the end of September. Note that you pay a surcharge when using JTB; adult tickets cost $16 instead of approximately $10. If you decide to buy tickets through a Lawson machine, ask your hotel concierge to purchase them for you about a month in advance. For either ticket purchase option, you have to choose a timed entry into the museum on the day of your visit: 1000, 1200, 1400, or 1600.

Getting to the museum from Tokyo is easy; from Tokyo Station ride the JR Chuo Line (platform 1, 2, towards Takao) to Mitaka Station (32 minutes, 11 stops) and then take the south exit and walk 15 minutes (or take the bus) to the museum.

Visited April 2014
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“Anime History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

Book your tickets well in advance for this if you are a fan of anime. They can be purchased on the museums website and collected at the museum. Easy to get to from Tokyo. Probably takes 3-4 hours to make your way through the museum

Visited March 2014
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