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
Magical place for Ghibli fans. Ticket is a piece of a movie roll. No English translations, but pictures and other exhibition pieces are worth the visit. Cafe and store very aligned with Museum, but I wish there was more focus on other movies. Park around museum is very beautiful, worth hanging around after. On the way from the station there are many places to eat.
4.03 weeks ago
A little pricey for souvenirs. Outdoor cafe had limited items to purchase. But the amount of love that made this place was almost palpable! Every nook and cranny filled with Ghibli happiness. Lots for the kids to do. Stairwells and kid size doors to explore. A theater playing a great film. The longer you stay, the better it is.
5.0a month ago
Loved this whimsical, entertaining and very enjoyable museum to explore. Its a bit of a hike to get there from most parts of Tokyo, but well worth it for the $10 ticket (if you can get one). I liked the walk to the park, a nice glimpse into suburban Tokyo life and a nice park to walk by. Not knowing how to read Japanese did not hinder my experience and it is such a fun museum to explore carefully and learn the process of how Ghibli films come to life. Not allowing cameras made the experience so much better, and something I wish more museums would do.
Save the short films for last, you will appreciate the animation and how it comes to life even more.
4.0a month ago
The bottom level is really interesting, the upper levels are not as exciting. Almost everything is in Japanese and barely any English, but it was great to see some of the work and how it is made. If you're a Ghibli fan, or interested in knowing more about animation, it's well worth a visit. The store is pretty good too.
5.03 weeks ago
This was one of the highlights of my trip! The museum is amazing and very interactive. The museum displays are all in Japanese but that did not take away from the experience. The short film that plays in the cinema is a great addition and the ticket was a little piece of film cell that you can keep! Great souvenirs