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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5.0a month ago
The Ghibli Museum is a magical place and a must see if you're a fan of the films! The fact that photography is not permitted inside allows you to be drawn into the Ghibli world and there is plenty to do for adults as well as children. Sitting in the adult sized cat bus and seeing loads of breathtaking original drawings and an exclusive short film, included in the ticket price, were definite highlights! Make sure you save enough time for the outdoor cafes when it's sunny outside which offer, among many things, craft beers which are unique to the museum. Don't worry, they have plenty of heat lamps in winter. Finally, the gift shop is a sight to behold and is not overly priced, as some museum gift shops tend to be. Overall, a great day out and I would definitely return again on my next trip to Japan!
5.02 months ago
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!
3.0a week ago
Such a big fan of Studio Ghibli films, just wish the museum was as much fun... It's rather small, and there's not really much to see. The featured short film (20m) was great, but after watching that you might spend another 45-60m at the other exhibits and then you're kind of done. Given how many wonderful Ghibli films there are, this place could be *so* much more... sigh.
4.03 months 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!
5.0in the last week
What a great place. Strict no photograph policy within the museum, but in the end that was a positive. A really enjoyable place. We went as adults without kids, but all of the other children there seemed to love it. Lots of things in the museum are there for you to discover or kids to discover rather than it all being spoon fed to you. If you enjoy the work of Studio Ghibli then I highly recommend the museum.