Hayao Miyazaki’s studio has produced some of Japan’s most popular and complex animation classics, from My Neighbour Totoro to Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. If you want to learn more about the studio’s work, be warned that gaining access to this museum, re-opened after renovations in July 2016, is tougher than getting into the Kremlin. You need to purchase tickets in advance (which can be done from overseas; check the website), then show up at the prescribed day and time with your ticket and some ID. You will be escorted into another world: you can view original prints, play in rooms with painted ceilings and walls, and watch short animations in the cinema. The gift shop sells original animation cells, while the Cat Bus can now be ridden by adults as well as children – finally!
|Venue name:||Ghibli Museum|
1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm / closed Tue|
|Transport:||Kichijoji Station (Chuo, Keio Inokashira lines), park exit then 15mins walk; Mitaka Station (Chuo line), south exit then community bus or 15mins walk|
|Price:||¥1,000, high school and junior high students ¥700, children aged 6-12 ¥400, 4-5 ¥100|