Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

“My Neighbour Totoro”, “Ponyo”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, these are a few of our favourite films from Studio Ghibli. When we made plans to visit Tokyo, there was no doubt that we had to put Ghibli Museum on our itinerary.

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On the train to Mitaka, each doing their own thing

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Exit at “Stairs C”

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The shuttle to the museum

Ghibli Museum is in the suburb of Mitaka. It is very accessible by train from our hotel at Shinjuku. There is a shuttle bus available from Mitaka station to the museum for a small fee, but we decided to walk there.

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Totoro signs to guide you along the way

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There is even a Totoro at the bus stop sign!

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I’m glad we walked, as we saw how whimsical the suburb of Mitaka was. We spotted the town crest!

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The entrance of the museum

After walking for about 20 minutes (you might take a shorter time if there are no kids with you), we soon spotted the museum!

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And who else better to man the ticket booth, then Totoro itself.

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The Cat Bus, for the little ones. There should be one for adults.

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Nic had fun opening all the windows and doors of this exhibit, and so did I. I like how kid friendly this was. There was even a little door at my ankles.

There is a no photography rule inside the museum, the 2 pictures above were taken discreetly.

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The exterior

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Tickets are made from film strips. Makes a great keepsake

I loved the museum. Some of the exhibits used motion, strobe lights, and graphics for a lasting impression. One, which had the robot from Castle in the Sky nearly moved me to tears. Another favourite of mine was a revolving display of Totoro playing skip rope with Mei, along with the other characters. I won’t reveal too much, in case you want to visit, so as to not spoil the experience for you! There is a theatre where you can catch unreleased short works, but we missed this opportunity.

Don’t leave Tokyo without visiting the Ghibli Museum. Definitely worth a return visit if I’m there again! A down to earth, simple, yet magical experience.

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