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“Super cool, great outing”
Review of Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum
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Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour
Ranked #1 of 32 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
Houston, Texas
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“Super cool, great outing”
Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

My daughter (age 7) and I watched a bunch of Miyazaki anime in advance of our Japan trip, and it was worth it to get ready for Ghibli. This place is really interesting -- both entertainmnt value and educational about making of anime. Really fun to explore the quirky building. MUST get tickets beforehand. I got our at the same time as our rail passes - it costs more that way but otherwise you take the chance to sold out if you go to Lawsons once in Japan to purchase. Nice walk from the station in good weather.

Thank Matt S
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“Worth a trip from Tokyo”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Both who knows the master Miyazaki and who doesn't know him, will profit from the visit to this house-museum. Admission (not cheap!) is limited and must be booked (preferably before leaving for Japan). In the visit also is included the screening of a short film, that is in Japanese, but is however valid to enter the magical world of the designer.

Visited July 2012
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Fun for kids”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

You can get to the museum by bus from Mitaka station south exit or an easy 17 minute walk. There are signs along the route indicating how many metres to go before you arrive. The museum structure is colourful and designed with kids in mind. Inside, there are lots of small spaces for exploring. The exhibits showcase animation history and there is a replica Ghibli studio / work space. On the day of our visit, it was very crowded with local school kids. The best thing for me was the 15 minute short film.
I was happy I had bought tickets in advance before arriving in Tokyo as the museum was already sold out when we got there. You can buy tickets in Japan from Lawson convenience stores.

Visited February 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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“If you like animation, please go there.”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Sure, this is Studio Ghibli's museum. If you do not know anything about it, it is the Studio that brought you movies like Spirited Away, Porco Rosso and Castle in the Sky. The work of Hayao Miyazaki. Disney partnered with them and brought all their work to America basically.
That said, for sure it is highly recommended you watch at least the movies I mentioned above before going to the museum as you enjoy it much more.
But regardless, there is a lot of great stuff that relates to animation directly so if you like animation you will have a good time there.

Getting there

Well it was a good ride on the subway/train from Tokyo to Mitaka. Do not remember how long exactly but probably 45 minutes. Once you get to the station you need to go down a level (street level) and walk to the bus platforms/station on the right. You will see one on the corner, almost where a pathway/sidewalk besides a canal starts, with a ticked vending machine. You will also see Studio Ghibli's mascote/logo. Buy the ticket and wait for the bus. Or you can walk (directions on their site).

At the Museum

The place is like a big house with couple floors and also an outside area for everyone to explore. Inside, each room has something going on, something to show and their shop is also pretty cool. The main issue in certain cases is in the rooms there is virtually no English whatsoever. So yes, pretty hard if you cannot read Japanese but it does not mean it is all ruined for us foreigners. There are some pamphlets in English and after all this is about animation so a lot of things you will absorb thanks to the visual aspect.
Worth mentioning a couple things: tickets MUST be purchased in advance, ideally outside Japan. Several places sell them (google is your friend). If in Japan, only a convenience store carries them and you will need to buy there, using their ATM like machines. The ticket has a date/time for your visit.


Overall a great place and great experience, even with tons of content in Japanese only. Would definitely go back. When I went, I was there with my daughter (13) and she had a blast and told me she would come back indeed.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Very special”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

There are a number of bus stops outside Mitaka JR Station and the one for Ghibli Museum is left (walk down the stairs) from the South exit. You pay for the one way tickets when you get onboard but if you prefer the return tickets which give a discount, you need to buy them off the machines located at the bus stop. We arrived for the 10am timing on a Friday morning and there was already an early crowd. If you haven't visited the website, you will need to know that tickets (in advance) can be purchased at any Lawson convenience store in Japan. The museum isn't huge (4 floors) but nicely designed with several small attractions spread around the building and garden. Don't miss the iconic Robot (from Castle in the Sky) on the rooftop. The showcase working office of Hayao Miyazaki is inspiring. The short film (no dialogue) feature was nicely done. We have seen a number of Miyazaki's movies and the visit to the Museum made it very special. The whole family enjoyed it.

Visited January 2013
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