One must-visit destination for me was the Ghibli Museum. Pictures aren’t allowed to be taken inside of the museum, but can be taken outside, so I thought I’d share what glimpses of it that I am able to. It’s definitely worth a visit for anyone with an interest in the film work of Hayao Miyazaki or in animation generally.
Getting tickets for the Ghibli Museum is a bit of nuisance. If you are purchasing them in Japan, you can only get them from specific computerized ticket vending machines that are only in Japanese – which is fine because they are not too difficult to figure out and the website walks you through the process of purchasing the tickets. However, the weekend tickets sell out very quickly, so unless you can go during the week it is important to try to buy your weekend ticket as soon as the next month’s tickets go on sale.
Totoro welcomes visitors at the entrance of the Ghibli Museum.
The museum is decorated with stained glass windows that feature characters from Studio Ghibli movies.
When you enter the museum, you exchange your ticket from Lawson with a different ticket stylized after a film strip, with images from a Studio Ghibli film on it.
One of the popular attractions of the Ghibli Museum is the Robot Soldier, a statue where pictures are permitted!
Bird’s eye view of the line of visitors waiting to enter the museum.
Flag that waves atop the Ghibli Museum.