Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, Tokyo – Japan

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.

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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.

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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? :D

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And these windows… Wooot! Someone is staring at you!

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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!

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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.

Links
Ghibli Museum
1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan
www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Phone: +81 570-055-777
Opening hours : 10.00 – 18.00

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Credits
Photo by Bintang Mahacakrie

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply November 29, 2015

    Shabrina Koeswologitow

    aaahh aku juga kesana, keren banget! apalagi diorama room-nya. Aku naik bus pas mau kesana :).

    • Reply November 29, 2015

      Bintang Mahacakrie

      Duuhh sayang sekali gue bukan fans Ghibli, jadi nggak ngerti pas kesana -_-”

  • Reply January 13, 2016

    nur ismaya

    mendadak ngefans :D woah aku suka bgt mbak sama blogmu <3 keren!!!!

  • Reply February 2, 2016

    Gede Aditya

    My first, top of the top list when traveling to Japan!
    Aku juga fans garis kerasnya studio ghibli, mungkin aku bakal super excited kayak temenmu itu. Hahaa
    Btw boleh minta foto-foto studio ghiblinya?

    • Reply February 3, 2016

      Bintang Mahacakrie

      Boleh.. Buat apa? :D

  • Reply February 11, 2016

    trixie

    Hello there! This post couldn’t be written much better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I will send this post to him.

    Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. I appreciate you for
    sharing!

  • Reply May 13, 2017

    Numbers

    Saved as a favorite, I actually enjoy your blog!

  • Reply May 13, 2017

    Christin

    It’s challenging to find well informed people on this topic, but you sound like you realize what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

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