Tokyo Ghibli Museum


Fans of Studio Ghibli’s films won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo! Admission to the museum is by advance reservation only and tickets cannot be purchased on site at the museum. Book your tickets early with Japan Awaits to secure your spot and experience what the Ghilbi Museum has to offer!

Studio Ghibli, Inc. is a Japanese animation film studio, that is famously led by Hayao Miyazaki. The studio is best known for its anime feature films–eight of which are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan and five films (including Spirited Away, 2001) received Academy Award nominations in the United States.

The Ghibli Museum opened in 2001 in Mitaka, Tokyo, and has become a popular tourist attraction. Co-founded by director Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli is behind some of Japan’s most beloved animated films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “Spirited Away”. The museum attracts a huge number of visitors and tickets are extremely limited, so it is best to acquire the tickets in advance to ensure you can visit the museum when you are in town.

Hayao Miyazaki, the director of Studio Ghibli, had a hand in designing the facilities at the museum, including:

  • A sculpture of a robot from Castle in the Sky (the most popular exhibit in the museum)
  • A stone monument from Castle in the Sky (words of the character Laputa are engraved)
  • The seasonal exhibition room, which focuses on specific works of art
  • The permanent exhibition room, which features storyboards from films
  • The Cat-bus room where children can play freely
  • Library reading room with all books available for purchase
  • Video exhibition room where seasonal anime works have been screened
  • Ghibli characters drawn on the entire ceiling of the entrance hall
  • A display entrance counter from Totoro
  • Mugiwara Bousi café
  • Souvenir shop

Highlights:

  • Easily pre-order your tickets online
  • Tickets are delivered to your hotel for your convenience
  • Explore the museum at your leisure, and watch one of Miyazaki’s earliest films (only shown in the museum theater)
  • Shop for exclusive Ghibli-themed souvenirs at the museum

Availability:  All days except Tuesdays and holidays
Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis (if we cannot make the arrangement, a full refund will be made to the customer).

All bookings must be made by the 5th of previous month of the ticket date.

Starting Time: 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

Location: Ghibli Museum, 1-1-83, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

Price: 

  1. Ticket OnlyIncludes ticket (age 4+, 1000 JPY), service fee (4900 JPY) for finding tickets and delivery to your hotel (if applicable)
  • Adult : ¥5,900 per person
  • Child (Age 1 to 4): Free of Charge

    2. Tickets with Vehicle Transfers: Includes ticket (age 4+), service fee and private vehicle transfers from hotel to museum, and return (2.5 hours at museum only)

  • Adult: ¥19,400 per person (for 1 person only)
  • Adult: ¥12,900 per person (minimum of 2 people)

   3. Tickets with Vehicle Transfers and English Tour Guide: Includes ticket (age 4+), service fee and private vehicle transfers from hotel to museum, and return (2.5 hours at museum only), and tour from English-speaking tour guide in museum.

  • Adult: ¥27,000 per person (for 1 person only)
  • Adult: ¥18,000 per person (minimum of 2 people)

Included: 

  • Admission ticket
  • Ticket delivery to hotel (if applicable)

Additional information: 

  • The pre-order booking deadline is on the 5th at 23:59 JST of the previous month of the ticket date. Ghibli Museum tickets go on sale in the middle of the previous month. The earlier you book, the more likely you will secure the ticket. If ticket cannot be booked, you will receive a full refund.
  • Please provide guest information required at the time of booking: 1) Full name as it appears on your passport, 2) Alternative dates and times for your visit (please advise 4 choices for dates and times).
  • For ticket delivery purpose, hotel details must be provided to the local operator including 1) Hotel name, 2) Hotel address, 3) Full name used for your reservation, 4) Confirmation booking number, and 5) Dates of stay at this hotel. We will deliver your tickets to your hotel in advance for your concierge to hold for you. The tickets will be available upon check-in. We require at least 7 full business days for delivery. We only deliver to hotels with a concierge with whom we can confirm the receipt of the ticket delivery. If there are changes to your accommodation, please let us know right away; once tickets are sent to hotel, we may not be able to retrieve them (guests may have to pick up at the original hotel they booked with).
  • Passport name is required at time of booking for all participants and you must bring your passport to Ghibli Museum. This is a requirement of Studio Ghibli Museum for all foreign guests. At the museum, staff will check the name on the ticket  with your passport, the guests with his/her name on the tickets must bring passport identification to the museum with the tickets.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The following rules were set by Ghibli Museum to make your stay at the museum pleasant, safe and comfortable: 1) Photography and video recording are not allowed inside the Museum. The Ghibli Museum is a portal to a storybook world. As the main character in a story, we ask that you experience the Museum space with your own eyes and senses, instead of through a camera’s viewfinder. We ask that you make what you experienced in the Museum the special memory that you take home with you. 2) Admission into the Saturn Theater will be limited to one screening per person. 3) Smoking is strictly prohibited on the premises of the Museum. 4) Please turn off all mobile phones. You are also asked not to use mobile phones outside the Museum building where they may disturb others. 5) Those who are sensitive to light should be aware that in the Permanent Exhibition Room, there is an exhibit that flashes bright bursts of stroboscopic light. 6) The garden roof may be closed in case of inclement weather. 7) The Cat Bus is for elementary school children and under only. 8) Eating and drinking are prohibited inside the Museum. Anyone who has brought food or beverages to the Museum must eat or drink on the Cafe’s outside deck only (The deck area may be closed in case of inclement weather) and take with them any litter he/she has created. 9) Please leave baby carriages at the designated storage area. Coin lockers are available for small bags and parcels. For large luggage, please contact our Museum staff for assistance. 10) It is prohibited to enter the Museum with dangerous objects. 11) Pets (except seeing-eye or guide dogs) are not allowed in the Museum. 12) Any activities which may interfere with the operation of the Museum, either inside the Museum or in the facilities related to the Museum, are strictly prohibited. 13) The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who might interfere with other visitors or cause trouble to others in the Museum. 14) No re-entry to the Museum is allowed. 15) The Museum or its related service providers are not responsible for accidents caused by visitors’ negligence. 16) Visitor parking is not available at the Museum. You are kindly requested not to come to the Museum by car. 17) Meetings, speeches, distribution of leaflets, and exhibit and sales of goods are prohibited within the Museum. 18) Photography or video recording of the Museum for commercial purpose is not allowed. 19) Ticket purchase for resale is not allowed.

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Additional Information

Directions

By Train: Take the JR Chuo Line to Mitaka Station (it takes about 20-30 minutes from Shinjuku station on Express or Local train). When you arrive at Mitaka Station, exit from the South Exit (南口, Minami), and follow the signs for the Ghibli Museum.
There is a community bus operated by the private Odakyu company that can take you to the museum, and it departs from the No. 9 bus stop. The adult fare for the bus is 320 JPY round-trip and 160 JPY round-trip for children aged 12 and under, and the ticket can be purchased at the vending machine right at the stop.

By Walking: After exiting the South Exit at Mitaka Station, follow the signs to Ghilbi Museum and walk approximately 15 minutes along the Tamagawa Josui “Waterworks” to the museum.

By Car: Driving is not recommended by the museum, as there is no parking upon arrival.

Payment

All reservations are final and is payable via PayPal. Confirmations regarding your booking will be sent at least 10 days before your activity date.

Museum’s Guidelines

  • Photography and video recording are not allowed inside the Museum (“The Ghibli Museum is a portal to a storybook world. As the main character in a story, we ask that you experience the Museum space with your own eyes and senses, instead of through a camera’s viewfinder. We ask that you make what you experienced in the Museum the special memory that you take home with you.”)
  • Admission into the Saturn Theater will be limited to one screening per person.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited on the premises of the Museum.
  • Please turn off all mobile phones. You are also asked not to use mobile phones outside the Museum building where they may disturb others.
  • Those who are sensitive to light should be aware that in the Permanent Exhibition Room, there is an exhibit that flashes bright bursts of stroboscopic light.
  • The garden roof may be closed in case of inclement weather.
  • The Cat Bus is for elementary school children and under only.
  • Eating and drinking are prohibited inside the Museum. Anyone who has brought food or beverages to the Museum must eat or drink on the Cafe’s outside deck only (The deck area may be closed in case of inclement weather) and take with them any litter he/she has created.
  • Please leave baby carriages at the designated storage area. Coin lockers are available for small bags and parcels. For large luggage, please contact our Museum staff for assistance.
  • It is prohibited to enter the Museum with dangerous objects.
  • Pets (except seeing-eye or guide dogs) are not allowed in the Museum.
  • Any activities which may interfere with the operation of the Museum, either inside the Museum or in the facilities related to the Museum, are strictly prohibited.
  • The Museum reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who might interfere with other visitors or cause trouble to others in the Museum.
  • No re-entry to the Museum is allowed.
  • The Museum or its related service providers are not responsible for accidents caused by visitors’ negligence.
  • Visitor parking is not available at the Museum. You are kindly requested not to come to the Museum by car.
  • Meetings, speeches, distribution of leaflets, and exhibit and sales of goods are prohibited within the Museum.
  • Photography or video recording of the Museum for commercial purpose is not allowed.
  • Ticket purchase for resale is not allowed.

Q&A

How far in advance should I book?

Make a reservation as early as possible and ideally, at least a month in advance. Tickets go on sale every 10th of the month for the following month. For example, February tickets will go on sale on January 10th.

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