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The Ghibli Museum is a unique attraction, designed lovingly by the creators of Studio Ghibli for fans of their films and anyone curious about the world of animation. Explore an animator’s studio, discover where the characters of Ghibli come from and get inspired as you explore the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli! Tickets sell out well in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
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5 tips for visiting the Ghibli Museum

Line in front of the Ghibli Museum | Photo: Olivier Bruchez CC-BY-SA 2.0
Tickets to the Ghibli Museum are extremely limited and tend to sell out well in advance. If you can, make sure to book in advance.
Sculpture at the Ghibli Museum | Photo: Wei-Te Wong CC-BY-SA 2.0
No photography is allowed inside the museum, save your snaps for the exterior of the building and the rest of your trip to Tokyo.
Tickets to the museum will be for a specific timeslot to avoid overcrowding, but once you’re inside you can stay for as long as you like.
If you aren’t Japanese, you’ll be asked to present your passport when you arrive, so remember to bring it along!
There’s very little English translation throughout the exhibitions, so do some research ahead of time if you don’t know a lot about the films of Studio Ghibli. Most exhibits are fairly self-explanatory, and the staff generally can speak English to answer any questions, so don’t worry too much.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see at the Ghibli Museum?

Hayao Miyazaki, Executive Director of the museum and one of the two geniuses behind Studio Ghibli, didn’t want to make a traditional, stuffy museum when planning the Ghibli Museum. In a blog post describing his goals for the site, he wrote that the museum shouldn’t be only for existing fans, nor did he want to just include artwork from existing films, but also new projects and special short films made just for the museum. He wanted visitors to be able to understand, just by looking at the exhibits, what the artists’ creative spirits were trying to achieve. Exhibits include the machines used to film the animation, a recreation of an art director’s studio, artwork and scrapbooks used in the process of making films, and lifesize recreations of sets from some of the movies. There’s also a small theater which plays animated short films, made exclusively for the museum. Read more.

What is Studio Ghibli?

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio based in Tokyo, founded in 1985. It was headed by directors Hayao Miyazaki and the late Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, and in the last 33 years, it’s made some of the most popular and successful animated movies in the world. Their whimsical films include My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away (the only anime movie to ever win an Oscar), and Howl’s Moving Castle, among others. The studio stopped production in 2014 after Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, but since 2017 it’s been back to business as usual after the director decided to make one more movie, which is expected to be released ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Read more.

Are guided tours available?

There’s no official guided tour of the museum, and tour groups often let visitors explore the museum by themselves. The museum is designed in a way that visitors are encouraged to explore, and some of the corridors are a bit narrow, so tour groups would struggle to pass through comfortably. If you do have any questions while visiting, you can ask a member of staff who will be able to help. Read more.

How long will a trip take?

Most people can walk through the museum in about 2 hours, but budget some extra time if you want to eat at the cafe and spend time in the gift shop, where there’s merchandise available which you won’t find anywhere else. Super-fans will probably want to spend at least 4 hours enjoying all the tiny details. Read more.

Will my children enjoy it?

Absolutely! Studio Ghibli films are loved by kids of all ages as well as adults, so if your children have seen any of them, they’ll be delighted to find out how they’re made. The museum is designed to be child-friendly, with lots of little details to discover and not very much reading, and children under 12 will also be able to enjoy playing inside a real-life Catbus, as featured in My Neighbor Totoro. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Ghibli Museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm, every day of the week. The museum is closed for New Year’s holidays and for periodic maintenance throughout the year, so check before you visit to make sure your dates aren’t affected.


Ghibli Museum
1-1-83 Simorenjaku
Tokyo 181-0013


Tickets cannot be bought at the museum. Tickets cost JPY 1000 for visitors aged 19 and older, JPY 700 for visitors aged 13 to 18, JPY 400 for visitors aged 7 to 12, and JPY 100 for visitors aged 4 to 6. Children under the age of 4 can enter free of charge.

how to get there

The Ghibli Museum can be found inside Mitaka Inokashira Park. The easiest route is to take the JR Chuo line from Shinjuku station to Mitaka station. From the station, it is a 15-minute walk to the museum, or you can take a community bus which costs JPY 320 for an adult’s roundtrip ticket or JPY160 for a child under 12’s roundtrip ticket.
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