Fans of Totoro must be familiar with Studio Ghibli. Like my friend Melia, she’s a (almost) diehard fan of all Studio Ghibli’s works. So when we were beginning to plan our Japan itineraries, she quickly said she wanted to visit this Ghibli Museum. I, however, know nothing about Studio Ghibli. I just heard that the place was nice and I’ve never been to Mitaka, so there we were, exploring another side of Japan to see the famous Ghibli Museum. Note: We were not allowed to take pictures of the inside part of the museum.
On the way to Ghibli Museum
We had a friend (who’s currently residing in Tokyo) guided us to Ghibli Museum. He said there are 2 ways to go to Ghibli Museum. He chose the one with longer walking distance but with better experience. On our way to the museum, we passed this beautiful Mitaka forrest which was packed with locals and tourists enjoying the breezy day.
Japan is just so clean and tidy I love it very very much. If you’re planning to go to Ghibli Museum, I suggest you to follow the route which passes this forrest.
What exactly is The Ghibli Museum?
Quoting from Wikipedia, The Ghibli Museum is a museum showcasing the work of the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli. It is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, a western city of Tokyo, Japan. The museum combines features of a children’s museum, technology museum, and a fine arts museum, and is dedicated to the art and technique of animation. Some features include a replica of the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), a café, bookstore, rooftop garden, and a theater for exclusive short films by Studio Ghibli.
Yup, that’s about it. Wikipedia sums up the best explanation of what The Ghibli Museum is. Thank you for that!
What to love about Ghibli Museum
Details. Even if you’re not a fan of Studio Ghibli’s works, like me, you will find that this museum has lots of details and characteristic. I mean, look at its bright colored tiny windows… Aren’t they so adorable?
And these windows… Wooot! Someone is staring at you!
Other than details, there were other things that is just so lovable about this place. The museum has a screening theatre which shows never before seen short movie from Studio Ghibli. Also, my favorite would be the working space of the studio which packed with sketches, storyboards, and everything painted in watercolors. Beautiful.
Ghibli Museum Cafe
Didn’t go inside the cafe ’cause the queue was too long… Sorry! -_-”. I tried the ice cream, tho’. It was a mix of vanilla and sakura flavor. Certified rare flavor you won’t find anywhere else!
How to reserve a ticket
Tickets to Ghibli Museum is sold at all Lawson stores across Japan. Ask a local friend or the shopkeeper to buy for you, since the machine speaks Japanese language only. Ticket costs 1000 yen per adult. Do note that the ticket is selling fast, you need to buy at least a month in advance to save a spot.
Photo by Bintang Mahacakrie