The one and only museum that realizes the magical world of Ghibli animation
Located within Mitaka Inokashira Park, Ghibli museum continues to attract people from all over the world from young to old, since its opening in 2001. For anyone that loves Ghibli films, this is a must-visit place in Japan. Even if you have never watched a Ghibli film, as long as you are into animation or art, you will probably find this museum worth visiting.
Buy the ticket in advance
The most important thing you need to know if you’re interested in visiting Ghibli museum is that the entry ticket must be purchased in advance. The entry to the museum is strictly for the reserved ticket holders only, and the tickets run out fairly quickly. We recommend that you buy the ticket as soon as you know your travel itinerary. You will need to pick a date as well as a time slot when you purchase the ticket.
How to buy the ticket outside Japan
To buy the ticket outside Japan, you can contact the designated travel agencies listed in the museum’s official website. There are designated travel agencies in the following countries; Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. For the people in European countries that are not listed, you can contact one of the agents in Europe. The agents will start selling the tickets on the 1st of every month for that month up to three months ahead. For example, on January 1st, they will sell the tickets for admission in January to April. The admission fee is 1000 yen for age 19 and over, 700 yen for age 13-18 , 400 yen for age 7-14 , and 100 yen for age 4-6. There may be other charges such as handling charge depending on the agent.
How to buy the ticket in Japan
If you are planning to stay in Japan for more than a month or couldn’t get the ticket before coming to Japan, you can try to buy it after arriving in Japan. The tickets can be purchased from the ticketing machine called “Loppi” in Lawson convenience stores. The 10th of every month is the day they start selling the tickets for the next month. The machine is in Japanese only, so if you don’t read Japanese, you could ask the store staff for an assistance. Or you can try by yourself by following the English instruction posted on Lawson’s website.
How to get to the museum
The museum is accessible from Mitaka Station by foot or by bus. To Mitaka Station from Shinjuku Station is about 20 min and from Tokyo Station is about 35 min by JR Chuo Line. To walk to the museum from Mitaka Station, simply walk along the Tamagawa Josui for about 15 min from Mitaka Station South Exit. The path is named “kaze no torimichi,” which means “the path of the wind,” and you will see the Totoro signs leading to the museum along the way. A bus to the museum departs every 10 min between 9 am to 6 pm from the Mitaka Station South Exit. The bus fair is 210 yen for an adult and 110 yen for a child per way. A discount round trip ticket is also available for 320 yen for an adult and 160 yen for a child. The round trip ticket can be purchased from the ticketing machine at the bus stop.
Enjoy the museum until its closing time
Although the entry to the museum is only allowed at the appointed time of the date of your ticket, you can stay as much as your want until it closes at 6 pm. You can watch the exclusive short animation at the Saturn Theater (one time only), take a good look of numbers of original sketches and learn the history of animation, take a break at the café, check out the children books recommended by Miyazaki in the little library, buy some exclusive items at the museum shop, take a photo with the robot from “Castle in the Sky”…and more. Small children can play with the Cat Bus, too. They have a multilingual information brochure but all the explanations on the displays are in Japanese only.