Nestled in the lush greenery of Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Japan is the Ghibli Museum. It features the various anime works of Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. The layout and structure of the museum itself is playfully done with maze-like features and pleasing aesthetics that make the building itself seem to blend in with the nature around it. The motto of the museum reads as “Let’s become lost children together” or “Let’s lose our way together” as it reads on the English pamphlet. And that’s exactly what visitors can do, get lost and have fun doing it.
WHAT: Studio Ghibli Museum
PLACE: 東京都三鷹市下連雀1-1-83 181-0013
HOURS: 10:00 – 18:00
HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Upon entering, the atmosphere reminds you of childhood and the excitement of adventure. Along with a sense of mystery and nostalgia, each guest is given a ticket to a special viewing of selected films that can only be viewed at the museum. Features of the museum include rotating models, a zoetrope, a mock-up of an animation studio, sketches, story boards, and a catbus play area for children 12 and under. There is also a gift shop where one can purchase a variety of merchandise like shirts, models, pins, postcards, etc. Near the gift store is The Straw Hat Cafe to cater to hungry guests.
Ascending a narrow spiral staircase to the roof-top garden, there stands a life-size statue of the robot from Laputa: Castle in the Sky along with the levitation cube. As photography is prohibited within the museum, this is a popular photo spot for many guests. Down in the courtyard is a small water pump along with many fine details that decorate the buildings outside.
Admission to the museum is limited due to the small size of the museum so it is recommended to plan well in advance. 1,000 yen?tickets are exclusively available at the Lawson convenience stores and have alloted entry times. The museum is the perfect place for fans of the movies, families, couples, or anyone who is still a kid at heart.
images from Flickr user Su-May
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