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Ghibli Museum

1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
+81 570-055777
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As featured in Tokyo for young kids
Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Mitaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Bromley
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I feel disloyal to criticise and I really wanted to love this place. I was disappointed that our favourite films like Spirited Away & Mononoke were not featured apart from the gift shop, and it seemed to be more for under 8 year old kids. That said it is a good place and I would still recommend it for Miyazaki... More

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Brussels
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My kids (15 and 11 y.o.) and I made the trek to Mitaka (a suburb of Tokyo) in order to see the Ghibli museum, as we are all fans of films like Spririted Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle. We got the tickets via a travel agency (they are not for sale on the door and must be pre-booked).... More

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Long Island NY
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84 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We enjoyed our visit for all the reasons everyone else has talked about. Consider combining this with the Tokyo Edo Open Air Architectural Museum. There is a temporary Ghibli exhibit at the open air museum that is worth seeing. There is a scale model of the Spirited Away bath house that knocked our socks off.

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Southern California
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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a magical place if you allow enough time to absorb all the details. It helps if there are less people and that appears to be the case later in the day. Wait for their restaurant, which is part of the overall experience, was also much less later in the day. You must get tickets ahead of time and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Creativity and childhood wonder would be the best words to describe this place. This place is wonderful for kids and grown ups alike - especially those who have had the privilege to watch some of Mizayaki's fine work =)

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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

You can get tickets through the website (link on their site) OR you can have someone who can navigate Japanese get them at the kiosk at the LAWSONS stores. You still have to buy them a couple of weeks-months in advance-- they have timed entry. http://www.lawson.co.jp/ghibli/museum/ticket/english.html is a site which shows you how to navigate the screens. The museum is... More

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Loved our visit here, some great insights to the world of Ghibli however it has the potential to be a bigger and better experience - this is the Disney of Japan after all! We don't have kids but four of us adults went along and I was happy with my picture of me with the giant robot on the roof... More

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Orlando, Florida
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We bought tickets 3 months in advance of our trip through the internet with JTB in Miami as you can't buy them there. Friends in Japan were envious of us obtaining tickets as they are hard to get there. We took a couple of trains (use a JR pass to save also bought ahead of going to Japan) to get... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

For Ghibli fans it's a must. The exhibition is very nicely done. I particularly liked the way the museum presented the process of anime making. Fun for the kids but also very interesting for the adults.

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Sydney, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our family visited Ghibli Museum in Mitaka back in 2009 and our boys were 9 and 7 back then. Ghibli Museum is just a short train trip from Tokyo, we stayed in Shinjuku and it's about 20 min Shinjuku station to Mitaka station and Tokyo train system is so efficient which made it so much easier to plan the itinerary.... More

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