Totoro, Kiki, Chihiro, the Catbus – these are names that speak to me the way that Snow White, Ariel and Nemo might to many an American Youth.  Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation institution; a corollary to Disney.

And if an American pilgrimage to Disney Land is necessary for some, then our trip to the Ghibli Museum was a destined moment in life.

The museum itself is designed as if you were in the movie.  Your transverse a series of watercolor sketches and story boards.  Spend time in both the animation studio and the worlds created there.  From the miniature to the larger then life, you are smiling the entire time.  From the basement dioramas up to the external  spiral staircase to the green roof where the iron Giant stands, across interior bridges, and balconies – Ghibli museum is a dream brought to life.

above © Ghibli Museum

The Studio Ghibli Museum is located in Inokashira Park.  Please note there is a strict no-photo policy inside the museum.  It is very important to buy tickets ahead of time, a month if possible as the museum is not large.  You can buy tickets online prior to your arrival in Japan.  Once in the country, you can buy tickets at any of Lawson’s convenience stores.  Also, note you cannot buy tickets at the museum itself.

above © Ghibli Museum 
 above © Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum

(81)  57.005.5777
1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan

www.ghibli-museum.jp

Open Hours:
10:00 – 18:00     most days

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