This is a museum designed by master animator Miyazaki Hayao, whose Studio Ghibli produced popular anime films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, and Oscar-winning Spirited Away. You will be greeted by a huge Totoro at the gate and there is a climbable Cat Bus for children in the building. The roof-top garden is guarded by a 5m-tall robot soldier.
Five rooms of permanent exhibits show the processes of production, and the original 20-minute animated work is played in the cinema room. There is a cafe with the anime-oriented menu and ambience. This is truly a place for Ghibli fanciers. Reservation is required.
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5.03 weeks ago
This place is amazing to visit if you are a Ghibli fan! They show the steps of creating some of the animations, how they paid the cells, and wonderful exhibits on how motion is created using still images and figures. The short movie they show at the museum was really cute and worth it.
You must book in advance (month before if you are overseas) and they sell out quick so you better be on top of it! No pictures inside.
Also your entrance ticket is literally 3 frames from one of the movies!
4.0a month ago
You can't take any pictures inside but it's great for all Ghibli lovers, you'll get to see some interesting artworks and get a better look into the production of Ghibli movies and also an exclusive short film.
The short film and most of the installations aren't in English so beware, you'll likely have a quick gander and move on. You get a cool little film reel as your admission for the short film/exhibition.
Great experience if you have children for to let your inner child out and explore the mind of Studio Ghibli.
5.0a month ago
I grew up on Ghibli, so this was life changing for me. They don't allow photographs inside the museum, so excuse the lack of photos. They show the process behind creating all of the most beloved films including the animation and coloring. It's absolutely amazing and the gift shop is adorable, too.
4.02 weeks ago
Great museum in a lovely suburb of Tokyo. You must buy tickets as soon as possible as they sell out incredibly fast, the only downside is that the museum does not allow photos to be taken.
The museum shop is amazing and will cause you to find a massive hole in your wallet.
5.03 weeks ago
Must visit is you are a Ghibli fan! Plan to buy tickets far in advance.
The first room was my personal favorite, with all the animated and fun pieces. You buy tickets for timed entries and it seems like each group enters around the same time so there is a small line up when you enter, with everyone going through the same first exhibit at the same time. Either start on a different floor or pace yourself.
The short film has no words so language is not an issue. If you don’t arrive in time to guarantee a seat, you’ll likely get one anyway, no need to wait til the next viewing if they say you’ll end up on the stairs. Doesn’t seem too bad to be on the stairs anyway as it is a small theatre.
You can take pictures in the outdoor areas. There is a play cat bus for kids. Large gift shop on top floor and cafe outside.