Studio Ghibli is known for their animation work such as My Neighbour Totoro, Howls Moving Castle, Spirited Away and much more. They have opened a Ghibli museum in 2001 and the museum there are many exhibitions and artwork that will renaissance you of their animation.
Before heading to the museum, there are some things that you need to know before attending. Unlike other museums, you cannot just pay the front desk and walk in. You need to buy the ticket first. You will most likely have to order the tickets at least four months in advance as the tickets sell out extremely quickly.
If you’re from overseas, you’re can purchase the tickets from these online vendors:
The website will list all the ticket vendors that you would need to contact purchase the tickets. Some vendors may require you to email them, and you would have to provide information such as your name, passport details, the date you are planning to attend and how many people. After the purchased have confirmed, the tickets will be sent to you via mail. Just ensure that you have enough time to collect them before you fly.
In case you are already in Japan and are interested in visiting, you can buy the tickets from the local Lawson. When you purchase the tickets from the Lawson Loppi, the tickets have entrance hour of 4 times a day.
The museum’s nearest station is Mitaka Station, from there you can either take the shuttle bus that you can catch at South Exit / Bus Stop #9.
If you have missed them buses, you can get one of the local buses that are heading to Myojo Gaukuen.
Here is the bus schedule:
From Mitaka Station
|Loop Bus via Ghibli Museum||For Myojo-Gakuen|
|8||00 20 40||05 35|
|9||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|10||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|11||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|12||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|13||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|14||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|15||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|16||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|17||00 10 20 30 40 50||05 35|
|18||00 10 20 30 40 50||06 35|
|19||00 10 20 35||05 40|
The bus fare cost:
- Adult: 210 Yen (Single) / 320 Yen (Return)
- Child (12 and under): 110 Yen (Single) / 160 Yen (Return)
If you instead want to walk to the museum, it is possible. It will take about 15-20minutes walking distance from the station. You can check out a friendly map here:
When you go in, you will receive some small film strip tickets that you can trade in to watch the short film that they are projecting at that present time. The short films are usually specially planned, and they will not be screen in Cinema.
Inside the establishment, you are not allowed to take any photos of the exhibitions but are you allowed to take pictures of the outside area.
If you are hungry, there is not a significant amount of cafes and shops around the area, but they have an indoor cafe/food truck on site. The food is a little pricey and best to bring cash.
Hope this guide helps and if there any anything I have missed out, please feel free to contact me!