Buckle up: the Ghibli Museum is notorious as the hardest museum in Tokyo to bag an entry ticket for. The way to get your hands on these coveted tickets is buying them online through Lawson.
Tickets are ¥1,000 for adults, ¥700 for high school and junior high school students, ¥400 for primary school students and ¥100 for kids aged four and older.
Note that the ticket is only valid for a specific date and time, and that you’ll need some form of ID to enter the museum – tickets are printed with your name, or at the very least with the group leader’s name. Without that person and a verified ID, you won’t be able to enter.
- Tickets go on sale on the 10th of each month, at 10am JST sharp, for entry in the following month. So if you’re looking to buy tickets for May, you’ll need to clock in at 10am on April 10.
- Tickets generally sell out within the first ten minutes for weekend slots. If possible, be flexible with your intended visiting date. Entry times are every hour between 10am and 4pm.
- You can get them through the regular Lawson website (in Japanese only; Japanese address and phone number required), or a Loppi machine inside Lawson convenience stores.
- Tickets can also be purchased through Lawson’s English website, but note that entry times are limited to 10am, 12noon, 2pm and 4pm. After you’ve selected the month, date, time and the number of tickets (up to six tickets per person), you’ll have to fill in your personal information and pay via credit card. On the day of your visit, you’ll have to show your passport and a printout of your booking details including the QR code.
Note that purchasing tickets through official regional JTB offices is currently suspended until further notice.