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The Ghibli Museum

On Apr 26, 2019


Most fans of Japan at least have a passing knowledge of Ghibli films. If you’re even a casual fan, the Ghibli Museum is a must when you’re in the Tokyo area. Nestled in a small wood in Mitaka, Tokyo, this charming museum transports you into a whole new world, full of all the charm Miyazaki fans adore.

  1. How do I get tickets?
  2. How do I get there?
  3. What is in the museum?

1. How do I get tickets?

Tickets for the museum can be purchased inside or outside of Japan, though methods differ slightly. However, please note that tickets are not sold AT the museum, and you must reserve your tickets ahead of time. It is recommended that you book in advance as well, as weekends, particularly during the summer months, are very popular, and the museum has an attendence limit.

For more information on ticket purchasing, visit the Ghibli museum website here:

2. How do I get there?

The museum is approximately a 15-minute walk from JR Mitaka Station on the Chuo Line. There is also a bus service that costs 320 yen round trip to and from the museum.

For more information on how to get to the museum, visit the Ghibli museum website here:

3. What is in the museum?


The museum is filled with artistic attractions of all your favourite characters. Statues, stained glass windows, a small cafe, a theater room, and even original artwork from the master himself can all be seen inside and outside the museum. The grounds are also worth a thorough exploration.

However, please note that taking pictures is not allowed inside the museum, and if caught, you may be asked to delete any photos you’ve taken. If you refuse to comply, you may be removed from the museum.


In closing, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is a must-see for any Miyazaki fan or tourist/resident in the Tokyo area. Patrons are guaranteed to have a great time, absorb some Japanese culture, and maybe even come home with a souvenir or two.

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