Essential for any Ghibli lover, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is the closest you’ll get to actually being in a Ghibli movie. No photos are allowed inside, so you enter the museum unmediated – and it feels like you’ve stepped into a Ghibli fantasy world.
Filled with steampunk elements, hand-painted illustrations and original stained glass, the museum showcases seasonal exhibitions – you might catch a showcase on the delicious meals featured in the movies or see original production sketches. The permanent exhibition explains how a movie is made, and each room has little Ghibli Easter eggs hidden throughout.
The Saturn Theatre is the in-house cinema showing short Ghibli films only released at the museum. The films rotate on a monthly basis, so you might catch a film about an egg princess or a nursery school on a whale hunt.
Do note tickets must be purchased one month in advance, and they tend to sell out quickly. Currently, tickets are only available via the Lawson Ticket phone app.