Before we even booked our flights to Tokyo, we knew we had to go to the Ghibli Museum. My husband and I absolutely adore all Miyazaki movies and this was fulfilling a lifelong dream. Tickets are very specific to get - read up on the rules in your country. In Australia, we had to reserve our desired date 3 months in advance. On the day of our visit, we spent the morning at beautiful Inokashira Park - so lovely in the summertime - and then walked to the museum. It was PACKED with Japanese children, but this actually made our experience so much better. Their joy was infectious & we felt like little kids too. Upon entry you get a little film strip and this gives you entry to a short film in the theatre. It’s entirely in Japanese but our one had minimal dialogue, just sound effects, and we were giggling along with the children. The behind the scenes look at the animation was so cool, but the real highlight was seeing the giant statue from Laputa on the roof, and the gift shop. My oh my, so many things we bought! So many amazing quality toys and figures. They have a book shop too and we bought Japanese book versions of some of the films, which we still treasure. Another highlight was the awesome Ghibli beer they have to purchase. Gorgeous label and tastes great on a hot day! Food was pretty boring, we bought fries. My only other gripe was that the whole place was a bit small. Also, they have a catbus for the kids to play in. Special request: can we get one for adults? (Just kidding, but not...) All in all this was a special pilgrimage for us. May have been even more enjoyable with our own children to bring along. Noted for the future!