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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5.0in the last week
Amazing place! Fun AND fascinating! You can’t take any pictures inside ( though you can in the outside areas) so it makes you actually take real notice of what is there, which once you get over the urge to take photos, is really nice. Recommend for anyone who loves Ghibli, and to be honest, even for those who haven’t really seen any / much Ghibli stuff. You can buy some food and gifts inside, and you get a showing of something unique and Ghibli that not many other people will see. The park surrounding it is nice too. You only need 2-3 hours to have a good look around, and it really isn’t expensive. Though tickets MUST be booked in advance and go pretty quick. So if you are heading to Tokyo, research this sooner rather than later!
4.0a month ago
YOU MUST BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE! Only 10,000 yen per person. Super fun for kids and adults alike! Ghilbi was a whimsical and fun experience! Not being overly familiar with his work, we went not really knowing what to expect! We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed walking around and through all the nooks and crannies of this place. There was a short film inside a beautiful theatre room that ran on repeat through out our visit, a few permanent galleries and one special exhibit. It was cool to see how animation evolved and how their technology changed through out the years! A few interactive elements as well! The line up to get into the cafe to have lunch was super long, so we settled for a hot dog and soup at the snack bar just beside the cafe - both quite tasty! It was pretty busy inside despite the ticket entry times being staggered but it wasn’t too bad. Definitely a fun way to spend a few hours even if you haven’t seen a film! A more recent mention from Tiff was “The Red Turtle” - awesome film!
4.0a month ago
Great place if you are a fan of the animation. Giant house with areas that are very unique. You have to catch the bus from the train station to get here which is easy. You should all know that you cannot take pictures inside. I only gave it a four star because the building is actually not that big. The good part is they let you watch this short film clip which is exclusive to the museum. Remember to buy tickets in advance!
5.02 weeks ago
Fantastic museum that celebrates the history of Studio Ghibli!
Since your not allowed to take photos inside you most definitely have to go and see it all in person and enjoy what has to be the most creative and most relaxing museum I have personally ever visited.
By visiting you will also get a chance to see an exclusive film that can only be viewed there, so you have another fantastic insentive with that too!
It's very popular so make sure to book very far in advance so you don't miss out on ticket sales. And overall, enjoy the magic that is Studio Ghibli!!
5.0in the last week
Must do experience if you're a fan of Ghibli animations - still a good visit if you're not. Getting a ticket in advance is a must - you cannot buy tickets there at all. Best way is online, tickets for outside the country are released the month before - about 1am UK time, and they sold out in less than 3 hours so check when they are available and set an alarm!
Inside the museum are some great rooms, set out really well (no photos allowed inside at all), and a roof garden. Also there is a café and short unique film screening (only available at the museum). Great for adults and a couple of extra bits for the kids too.