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
Such a beautiful place. The writing is in Japanese but it did not take away from anything. It was great to see all the drawings and how the process works. And we really loved the short movie we saw. A cute day out.
5.0a month ago
Magical. A must see for Ghibli fans of old and new. Its a beautiful delight for the mind full of lovely stories that show the true genius and love behind the world of Ghibli. Lots of cute little secrets and areas, special children only areas, and a film that only people who attend the museum will see. There's also a bird cafe nearby that you should visit. We didn't make it there in time. Maybe next time :)
4.03 weeks ago
A worthwhile visit for those Ghibli fans out there. It was fascinating seeing the amount of work that goes into creating the films. However there are no photos allowed inside the buildings and if you're not very familiar with Ghibli then the museum is essentially a house with playground areas for kids and a gift shop. For those keen Ghibli fans I would say its worth a look, for others simply curious I would say there might be other activities you would find more valuable.
5.0a month ago
This is a beautiful museum that perfectly captures the colorful and whimsical nature of their films. They have exhibits that show how they animated the films as well as original sketches. Although the entire museum is in Japanese only, we had a great time seeing the artwork and designs of our favorite films.
For those living outside of Japan, I would recommend reserving tickets as soon as possible. We were able to reserve tickets 3 months early by booking them with our JR Passes. This museum was the best part of our trip and I would recommend it to all Stuido Ghibli fans.
5.0a month ago
A really good museum. Most of it is in Japanese (to be expected), as an English speaker I still enjoyed the rooms and looking at the Images. A good place to visit for those familiar with Ghibli. Bring your own snack, there is a very limited option and quite busy.