If you are traveling to Japan, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to visit Ghibli Museum which is more popular as Japan’s Disney. It is certainly different from other kinds of the museum you already know. This museum is whimsical, fun, unique, and fantastic. It is created as a dedication to Studio Ghibli, a legendary film studio in Japan.
About Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum is colorful and unique, displaying some of the best works related to some of the most popular animated movies, like Ponyo, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. The name itself, Ghibli is taken from the Italian word meaning a hot desert wind. The founder hopes that Studio Ghibli would bring a new life to the anime industry, sweeping it off like a hot new wind.
The movies supported by Studio Ghibli are often lush, intricate, and complex. Attentions are given to details and movements, making them feel real to the audience and viewers. The museum is created to pay tribute to the studio’s achievement and good work, as well as displaying the mechanics in the animation world. Even if you aren’t a fan of the studio, you can’t help feeling amazed at the exhibition and the display
You can include a trip to this museum in your itinerary. The place is easy to access as it is located in Inokashira Park. The museum is constructed in the form of a mansion with a multi-story form and amazing colors. It has rooftop gardens, winding staircases, tiny doors, and also fun twists and turns.
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Coming to the Museum
One of the biggest challenges of visiting the museum is to get the ticket. Once you have the ticket, the process is fairly easy. You only need to queue and wait until the staff checks your passport and your tickets.
Be advised that you aren’t allowed to take pictures inside. Sounds exciting and mysterious? It is! But it adds the excitement of the whole trip because you would be excited when entering the place. Once you are inside, you can see the main exhibition hall with some smaller exhibition rooms. Everything is so magical and whimsical – you won’t regret the trip at all.
If you are traveling with kids, you can go to the top area of the museum where you can play with the giant but cute plush bus – from the movie My Neighbor Totoro. But it is limited to teenagers and kids under 12 years old. And there is a miniature theatre showing the studio’s animated short movie. It is played several times every hour. Exploring the museum is so much fun – you won’t even notice that 2 to 3 hours have passed once you are inside.
As it was mentioned before, getting the ticket is one of the biggest challenges. It is super difficult to get a ticket. You need to check the calendar first and make sure that it isn’t closed when you come there. There are also several ways to buy the tickets but they share the same concept: You buy the tickets in advance – from 1 to 2 months. Let’s say you want to visit the museum on July the 20th. Through different purchasing methods, you may have to buy the ticket on June the 20th or even on May the 20th.
Getting to the Museum
The museum is located at Inokashira Park and it isn’t far from Mitaka Station and Kichijoji Station. You can use the shuttle bus from Mitaka Station but it is better to get off at Kichijoji Station. You can use the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku, heading to both Kichijoji and Mitaka Station. If you decide to get off at Kichijoji Station, you can take Keio Inokashira Line from Shibuya.