Ghibli studio, the world-renowned animation studio from Japan that has given us many excellent, now classic, animated films, has a museum in Tokyo dedicated to the work of the studio. The studio was formed by a four-man team in 1985, including Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki who has been writing, directing and animating the classics that we now associate with Studio Ghibli: “My neighbour Totoro”, “Spirited Away”, “Ponyo on the cliff by the sea” and many more. The Ghibli Museum is a tribute to all these works.
Where is the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo located?
The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is located in Mitaka west of Shinjuku. The nearest stations to the museum are Kichioji station or Mitaka station. One can take the Chuo-Jobu line and the Chuo line from Shinjuku, both lines stopping at both Kichioji and Mitaka station. If you are in Shibuya, you can take the Keio-Inokashira line that ends at Kichioji.
After that, it’s an about 20-minute walk before reaching the museum itself. See maps below:
From Kichioji station to Ghibli
From Mitaka station to Ghibli
How to get tickets to the Ghibli Museum and what does it cost?
It costs relatively little to get into the museum if you compare with many other attractions of the same dignity, so it is very affordable.
Pricing to Ghibli:
Adult, 19 years and over: 1,000 yen
Between 13 and 18 years: 700 yen
Between 7 and 12 years: 400 yen
Between 4 and 6 years: 100 yen
Children under 4 years old come in for free.
Getting tickets to the Ghibli museum is unfortunately not entirely pain-free. Tickets to the Ghibli museum are released in chunks of one month at a time, and the tickets are issued on the 10th of each month for the following month. So the tickets for April are released on March 10th.
The number of tickets is limited. During at peak season the tickets run out relatively quickly. So it is essential to be ready around the 10th if you want tickets. This also requires a bit of planning, a spontaneous visit to Ghibli can be a bit tricky.
To consider when visiting the Ghibli Museum
When buying tickets, no matter the option you choose, you have to decide what time you want to enter the museum. There are timeslots at 10, 12, 14 and 16. You must use your ticket within 30 minutes of the specified entrance time. You choose the time when you purchase the ticket.
Also, don’t forget to bring your passport, you will need it to enter the museum.
There are three ways to get tickets.
- Loppi machines, located inside Lawson konbini
- Lawson website
- Book a guided tour
Loppi is a machine that is available at most Lawson convenience stores in Japan. The machine sells tickets for various venues and events around Japan. Obviously, you have to be in Japan to be able to buy tickets here, and the same rules apply here regarding the release of tickets etc., which means that (probably), you must be visiting Japan quite a while to get tickets for when you want to go.
Since the texts in the Loppi machine are primarily in Japanese even if you change the language to English, it can be a little tricky.
Here is a guide in English how to use the Loppi machines to buy Ghibli tickets.
If you are not in Tokyo, you can buy tickets in advance of your journey to Japan through Lawson’s website. As mentioned above, tickets for the next month will be released on the 10th of the current month. Link to Lawson page for sale of tickets to the Ghibli museum.
Guided tour to Ghibli
If you can’t get a hold of tickets in any of the above ways, there is a last resort. It’s possible to get tickets through various travel companies that organise tours in Tokyo. Then you often buy it in connection with a travel package, which may include transfer from the hotel and possibly some other things around.
Example of a package tour with ticket and transfer. What one should keep in mind here is that it will probably be a lot more expensive than just getting tickets. But it can be an excellent way to get tickets if you are not able to get from anywhere else.