The Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館, Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan) is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli, one of Japan’s most famous animation studios. They have produced many feature length films with worldwide distribution such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
Located in Mitaka, just outside of central Tokyo, the museum is a must-see for fans of the films. The museum itself is whimsically designed in the distinct style of the studio’s films, and many of their famous characters are there, including a life-sized robot from Castle in the Sky on the rooftop garden.
[Throwback March] Tickets have to bought in advance in Lawson (for Japan). There are some ticketing agents in other countries (but not Singapore). Tickets are sold 3 months in advance and usually there is still a chance (sometimes) to get your hands on tickets 1 month prior. Tickets bought are used to be exchanged for the real entrance tickets when arrival to the museum.
Entrance ticket is actually film strips from the various movies. Everyone’s tickets are different.
Photography is prohibited inside the museum but no restrictions for the exterior.
The life size robot that everyone was queuing up to take photos.
The stairway that lead to the life size robot in the roof top garden.
Only kids allowed on the Totoro bus.
Though it is a pity that we can’t take photos inside but the exterior was still a delight to take photos 🙂
Sootballs (ススワタリ susuwatari, lit. travelling soot, soot sprites) are magically conjured creatures that work in the boiler room with Kamaji in the Japanese animated film Spirited Away. They are also present in other prominent Studio Ghibli films, most notably My Neighbor Totoro.
Decided to eat at the restaurant
But advice is to eat at the restaurant before 11am, else you have to wait for at least 1 hour as the restaurant gets all filled up by 1130am.
Theme restaurant with items naming from the vairous movies.
Rugs and books are available for people while waiting.
Photography is not allowed too but if you do plan to take photos do it fast 🙂
Since this is straw hat restaurants of course there would be a lot of straw hats inside for decorations.
Milk foam decorations.
Straw hair omelette rice.
Food is decorated with this little flags that cost around 200JPY for one, so you should keep yours for souvenir.
Colorful washing area.
Then I realised that the taps are actually cats!
Oh look what I found, cats peeping out to us.
Walk around the exterior before you leave the museum and you can take photo of Totoro.