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Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum

1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, 181-0013

The Basics

An admission ticket for the Ghibli Museum—which must be purchased in advance—includes full access to the museum’s two exhibition floors, designed to imitate an animated set. On the first floor, explore the vast collection of art and animation, and learn about the history and culture of animation. Next, check out the special exhibitions and films on the second floor, which feature the work of Miyazaki and other celebrated animated films, such asToy Story andWallace and Gromit.

It’s possible to explore the museum on a guided or self-guided tour, but a popular choice is to combine it with other Ghibli-related attractions such as Hotel Gajoen Tokyo and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Finally got to see the Ghibli Museum!
Alisha S, Jan. 2020
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This service is awesome! I tried to get tickets for the Ghibli museum during my last trip to Japan and couldn't get them because they are so difficult to acquire. Viator made it possible. They were waiting for me when I checked into the hotel. I'm so happy!
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Great fun and an eclectic museum collection
ngray141, Oct. 2019
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Ticket delivery was ideal - they were waiting for us at the hotel. Easy to arrange online and given how busy the museum was, glad we booked in good time.
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Fun day trip
Carolyn_L, Oct. 2019
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The Ghibli museum was a great experience. We loved the museum movie and looking around/exploring. It was quite packed when we went, though, so there were some elements that we didn't get to experience or learn as much about as we would have liked. Regardless, we're glad we went.
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Smooth transaction & great communication
Kenneth_B, Oct. 2019
Pre-Order request for Studio Ghibli Museum – including Ticket delivery
We had no problems with this company. Great communication from start to finish. Tickets were waiting at front desk of our hotel. We given several choices to make it easier to secure tickets. I recommend this if you want tickets & are traveling from US.
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Last minute tickets (1 month)
Trip20750238105, Jun. 2019
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Excellent followed through left ticket at hotel before i arrived would recommend it you are unable to book 3 months in advance
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Great experience for lovers of Studio Ghibli movies
Julia_S, Apr. 2019
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These are very difficult tickets to get, as tickets are only released 1 month prior to the day of your visit. It was very reassuring to have Viator book these tickets for us. The museum is wonderful with lots of rooms inside a purpose built "animated" house. There are exhibits on how the drawing are made-darwn/coloured and inspiration for the films, plus we saw a short movie that isn't played elsewhere.
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Studio Ghibli @ Mitaka, Tokyo
Dominic Y, Oct. 2018
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The Studio Ghibli tour was a particular interesting experience. It brought back fond memories of such Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animation as Totoro, Spirited Away, Laputa, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc. Makes me want to watch all these films again.
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Great Experience but get Tickets Early
Ashton_T, Mar. 2019
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The Ghibli Museum has been a place my husband and I have wanted to see. We read everywhere saying you must get your tickets 3 months in advance. We had missed that timing by a month. We were two months away from our trip and couldn’t find tickets. However, Viator had them, but there was no guarantee you’d get them. So we took a chance. We ended up getting a confirmation saying we actually had tickets a month later! The Ghibli Museum itself was awesome! The tickets arrive in one persons name, you’ll need that persons passport to get in. Unfortunately there is no photography allowed inside the Museum, but you are allowed to take pictures outside. There were many areas inside we wanted to take pictures, but of course we respected the rules. Ghibli Museum is about how Miyazaki and his team worked, his inspirations, and about all the different animations he had worked on. It’s a location we’d highly recommend doing and it’s a 20 minute walk from the train station or you can take a bus. But the scenery was very charming during our walk. It’s child friendly and focused on children and the magic of animation, but there are lots of areas that keep the adults interested in as well.
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Worth it all around
Anastasia_R, Jun. 2019
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If you are going to visit the Studio, definitely give yourself ample of time to look around. The museum is not big but you can get yourself lost in just looking at the details. Just so much cool stuff (at least for me and my daughter). Even my husband that never watched any Miyazaki's creation was impressed. More importantly, you definitely should book at least a month or two in advance. Booking through Viator DOES NOT guarantee you'll be in. Tickets will be sent to a place of your choosing while you are in Japan (just follow the instructions). KEEP this in mind when selecting date and time: you'll receive an email from Japan Awaits asking for you to put in 3 choices. Make sure any of the date and time will work for you and your family. You won't know which date and time until about 2 weeks before the selected time. IMPORTANT: Once they give they finalize the date/time you cannot make any changes and tickets are not refundable. Please comply with all the rules stated here. Arrive on time. HAVE FUN!! You can take a train to get there but you'll have to walk a little, about 15 minutes walk to the studio from Mitaka train station (where you'll get off). It is not a direct train, you'll have to change in Kanda station in Tokyo to JR Chuo line to Otsuki.
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It’s real!
Craig_B, Dec. 2018
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It was always a dream of mine going to the Ghibli Museum. For years I’ve been trying to get the tickets and end up in no results. With the help of Viator I finally get to experience the great Ghibli Museum. It was more than I could dream of. The process was so easy. I put in my chosen dates and times to increase my probability (a month in advance, like any other way to get Ghibli tickets), and in about a month later they get back to me regarding the date and time. They send me the tickets straight to my hotel (so you do need to book your hotel in advance as well). If they can’t find you one then you’ll get a full refund. It’s been such a pleasant experience for me all around. Thank you Viator!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tickets are not sold at the museum and must be purchased well in advance.

  • Plan at least two hours to take in the museum’s exhibitions.

  • The museum has a cafe, rooftop garden, children's play area, and gift shop full of Ghibli merchandise and handmade crafts.

  • The museum is accessible for wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka, around 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) west of downtown Tokyo. The closest subway station is Mitaka on the JR Chuo Line; from there, walk (15 minutes), or catch a bus or taxi to the museum (about a 5-minute journey). Or, get off at Kichijoji station for a 20-minute walk along Inokashira Park.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily, except Tuesday, year-round. With all visits booked in advance, you won’t find yourself having to queue for tickets, but the museum is popular, and tickets can sell out weeks in advance.

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Ghibli sights in Tokyo

The quirky animations produced by Studio Ghibli have left their mark all around Tokyo. After visiting the Ghibli Museum and the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum (which inspired the architecture for Miyazaki's filmSpirited Away), head to the Nippon TV headquarters in Shiodome, where a gigantic Ghibli Clock (created by artist Kunio Shachimaru to Hayao Miyazaki’s design) hangs right over the entrance. Another fun destination is Shirohige Cream Puff Factory in Shimokitazawa, where all the baked goods (including the popular Totoro cream puffs) are Ghibli themed and approved by the studio.

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