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Ghibli Museum 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 Museums / Kichijoji

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rnewkirkkr


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2019-05-06)
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pondeponde


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2014-09-10)
  • This place is great for the family, especially if you love Ghibli! I wish it was bigger though since it was just a small two story high building (and I wanted to go on the cat bus!). Ghibi Museum is a beautifully made place for fans as well as non-fans to visit and admire their exhibits.
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mermaid


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2011-07-16)
  • This place is truly magical and utterly beautiful; I’m not ashamed to say that ten minutes into my first visit I was brought, quite literally, to tears. This place is a poignant representation of the genius that has spurred some of the greatest anime masterpieces of all time. It’s a truly delightful museum and, considering the cheap entrance price and the plethora of delightful wonders it boasts, well worth the visit.

    The organic café within is also well worth a visit; the food is scrumptious and, like everything in this delightful place, beautifully presented.
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carlsson


  • Magical
  • (2010-11-15)
  • Like walking into one of Miyazaki's films, the Ghibli Museum is a feast for the eyes and ears. After being greeted by Totoro just passed the gates, the organic, asymmetrical building is immediately striking and lends a sense of magic charm. Each visitor is given three stills from a Miyazaki film, a great souvenir as opposed to the pricey gift shop.
    Inside the exhibitions focus on the methods of animation and the process in general. The inside of the building matched the outside, there were varying sizes of doors, small portholes which lends to a sense of child-like awe while exploring. The space itself was just as interesting and beautiful as the exhibitions. If you want to take a break from all the exploring, there is a patio which leads to a restaurant and also a cafe which serves hot dogs and ice cream.
    I went with my sister who had never seen any of Miyazaki's film and though she didn't recognize any of the myriads of characters, she also felt very much inspired. It was a great afternoon. My only wish is that they would make a cat bus adults can play in too!
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john423


  • 3 times and counting!
  • (2010-08-15)
  • Wicked good fun! Always a treat to return here as well to see their rotating exhibits on display. (Saw a great Wallis and Gromit one on the first trip, next one on Italian art work)
    Great animated films as well to see inside too!
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msjulz


  • Great for kids and adults, too.
  • (2009-09-04)
  • Although a bit outside the main center of Tokyo, it was definitely worth the trip here. My friend is an animator and we are both fans of anime, so it was a treat to come here and learn about the animation process.

    Original drawings and cels are on display, and visitors get an understanding of the methods used to create animated movies. Several interactive displays convey the magic of animation, breaking the motion down moment by moment.

    During our visit, an entire wing was dedicated to Ponyo, the latest movie, with a big glass box containing all the finished handdrawn cels from the movie. We were also treated to a free showing of a 15 minute mini-movie.

    Every visitor also gets a souvenir of 3 scenes from a Miyazaki movie.

    Whether or not you were an animation fan beforehand, you will definitely gain a new appreciation for the animation process and the hard work that goes into it.
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Gabriela


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2009-05-24)
  • The Ghibli Museum invites you to 'lose your way' in magical whimsy. It actually succeeds. The very structure of the building is a delight, and even the windowpanes, decorated with Ghibli art, brings viewers a sense of wonder unparalleled. There is a gift shop (be careful to spend your life earnings; it would be very easy to do so) and a cafe where you can sit and take a breather. Even the grounds outside and around the museum are lovely. At the entrance there is a giant Totoro stuffed animal, on the roof a giant robot, and inside there is even a cinema that shows short films. This is a definite must-see for those love Studio Ghibli work. A great place for families and dates. Allow yourself to be carried away into the world of Ghibli and enjoy.
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Dedale


  • For the fans
  • (2008-10-23)
  • It's very difficult to recommand or not this one.
    I love the Ghibli (pronounce Djibouli if you ask some help) animes but I think this museum is more for people like me than for those who don't know Miyazaki.

    inside you will see a lot of artworks, a lot of relative stuff and even a short film especially made for the museum. I heard it changes sometimes. For me it was about a whale.
    I enjoyed it very much.

    If you are a fan, you have to go but you may get bored if you don't know the history of the movies. Anyway it's cheap and you can be a child again there.

    Note: You can't take any pictures inside. But on the roof it's ok.
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Lissa


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2008-06-17)
  • This museum requires a reserved ticket from Lawson in order to go. I thought that meant it wouldn't be too crowded. I was very wrong. Despite the reserved ticket system, the place is still incredibly full of people on the weekend. I really suggest trying to go on a weekday or you still wont be able to see much.

    Overall though, it's a great museum and certainly unique. The "neko-bus" for children is adorable and the film was really wonderful. I had a good time but it was just so crowded to the point of not being able to move at some times.
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Susan


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2007-10-01)
  • For any die-hard fan of Hayao Miyazaki, the Mitaka Ghibli Museum is a must see. It's a good place to visit if you have small children. In many ways, it's more of a tribute to the principles of animation shown through Miyazaki's characters than simply a walkable montage of his films. The museum features short films and exhibits that can't be seen anywhere else, and if you have small children, there's a life sized "cat bus" that they can play in. You can also see previews of Miyazaki's upcoming movies. Of course, everything from the bathrooms to the "Straw Hat Cafe" is Ghibli themed. As you might expect from seeing one of Miyazaki's movies, there's no set course to follow in the museum: you simply wander. Needless to say, it's a fantastic smile-filled place for adults and children alike.
    On the plus side, most of the people that work in the museum speak enough English to help you get around and answer simple questions. There are a couple of downsides to this wonderland, though. First, it's a long way from the center of Tokyo, and it's a long walk from the nearest train station. If you're up for a fifteen to twenty minute walk, you're in luck because the path is well marked. There's also an unmistakable bus that leaves from Mitaka station. The other big problem is that the process for getting a ticket is complicated. Once you've gotten this holy grail of a ticket, you have to arrive at the museum within a certain window of time. The number of visitors is limited, and once you're actually in the museum, you'll see why: it's not small per se, but even with a limited number of people, it's still sort of crowded. If you contact the JTB (Japanese Travel Bureau) you can get a ticket. There are three ways to do this: first, you can contact JTB in your country. This might be the simplest thing to do. Otherwise, once you get off the train in Mitaka, you can visit the JTB near the station. Be advised! You can only buy tickets for the current day. If you can read Japanese or have a friend who does, you can also get a ticket through Lawson convenience stores.
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esther


  • Ghibli Museum
  • (2007-10-01)
  • I was very excited before the trip, because I love Ghibli movies and have watched almost all of them since child. The museum is about another 20 minutes away from Mitaka station, it's fine if the weather is nice, but it was raining heavily when I went, so the experience wasn't pleasant. The museum is inside a small park, at the entrance there is a sign telling the direction so you will not get lost. The outside is real nice with trees and colorful walls, and there is no photography inside the museum. There are a lot of animation's original hand-drawn works by Miyazaki, and explanation of how to color the work, or how to make it into motion form. I would say it's very interesting. There is also some display and demonstration of how animation works, which is very fascinating. There is also a mini theater that shows movie. The souvenir shop is located on the third floor; it's pretty nice too, except the price of the goods is a bit high. However in terms of the size the museum is quite small, it won't take too long to finish touring everything. Outside the museum there is a balcony where I bought some ice cream. Overall, I would recommend Ghibli-movie lovers to visit here.
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