Ghibli Museum - Day Trip, Tokyo
The Studio Ghibli has been producing lots of Japanese animations. Some of them are films by a well-known director, Miyazaki Hayao:
My neighbor Totoro,
and the lastest one Howl's moving castle..
The museum I believe is not only for kids, Hayao has been consider the WALT DISNEY of the EAST......
It is very popular so reserved tickets are a must.., for outside visitors here is a link to reserve your tickets.
How to buy tickets outside Japan.
1,000 yen per adult,
700 yen for per 13-18 year-old child,
400 yen for per 7-12 year-old child,
100 yen for per 4-6 year-old child.
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
It's not easy getting a ticket to the museum through the lawson convenience store. For one, you have to understand japanese, and even then my japanese friend who bought it for me had to fiddle with it for a while to find the correct page.
Be warned: tickets for weekend sell out way before that week.
Moral of story: Either get someone to buy for you, or else if you can, get it from your own country.
Studio Ghibli has been producing many great animation movies (English version through Walt Disney Pictures) such as "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away". They just released the video and DVD of the latest movie, "Howl's Moving Castle", last autumn (2005) when I was there.
For you who loves animation, Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli works, you shouldn't miss this museum. You'll see how animation works, Ghibli previous movies' sketches, and watch a short animated movie. When I was there I watched "Mei and Neko-bus" - characters from "My Neighbor Totoro" in a short adventure. In the museum you can also see the "live" version of Neko-bus--children will have fun climbing up and down and into it. There are many Makkurokurosuke inside Neko-bus. The whole sight was so cute!
Inside the museum is also shops where you can buy books on Studio Ghibli artworks, CDs, music books (e.g. for piano), keychains, etc. At the roof top it's an atmosphere from "Castle in the Sky" with the giant robot.
The Ghibli Museum, devoted to the art of Hayao Miyazaki and his team of collaborators in located way out in the far suburbs of Tokyo. You can join the JR Chuo line, to travel out for 30 minutes to reach Mitaka, where a one kilometer walk, signposted by the famous character Totoro points the way to the Museum.
I had to book my ticket from Australia three months earlier, and indeed, this particular Saturday, all tickets were sold out. My entry pass to the museum (which is set out like a rambling old house, with mysterious rooms, dark crannies, spiral staircases leading in between floors and other mysteries and delights, as commonly seen in Miyazaki's pictures), is a few frames from a Ghibli movie. First I queue to see a 20 minute animated short film, one of a selection only shown at the museum (this one a whimsical affair about schoolchildren, boats made of blocks, and whales in very simple animated style).
Then I set about exploring, finding exhibits on how animation works - hands on, pinhole cameras and stroboscopes. My favourite exhibit was the rooms dedicated to the animator's workshop, covered with sketchbooks, models, paintings and notebooks (which you could leaf through). Through it all, parents and their kids were enjoying their favourite characters. All of the displays were at kid eye-level, reflecting the dominant demographic in attendance.
On the way up to the jungle on the roof of the museum, (one of the few places to take photos is where the Laputan robot stands guard)one passes the 'Catbus', from 'My Neighbour Totoro', where kids were waiting in turn for a romp on the orange and brown cushions.
After about 90 minutes of wandering and looking, I made my way to the shop to buy some inexpensive souvenirs, then set off back to the station, walking through Inokashira Park where many groups of revellers were sitting under the flowering cherry blossoms on blue tarpaulins, enjoying food and drink as the evening drew in.
Check the website for where to book on-line, and make sure that you do so well in advance, particularly at weekends and holiday time. The entry fee in 2014 was 1000 Yen.
This was the second time I visited the Ghibli Museum. It's such a fun place. The architecture has a soothing roundness to it. The display rooms inside are designed to look like old European private rooms, giving the place a very homey feel. Studio Ghibli makes the best animated features out there. It's great then to see the storyboards and model sheets on display. My favorite display was this demonstration of persistance of vision. I've seen it done with flipbooks. But at the Ghibli museam they do it with wooden models, of Totoro characters. Seeing the illusion, you think you've stepped in a Rankin-Bass movie! :-)
If you are a big fan of Ghibli's movies, you should go to there immediately!
Ghibli museum was amazing. I became a child again and enjoyed everything, when I went to there.
One of exhibits is "How to make animation". It was so interesting.
A room called "Where a movies is born". A model of an airplane and witches' dolls were hanging from the ceiling, a lot of things about movies were hanging on the walls. And the room is filled with books and toys!
besides, we can see the original short movie!
There were the cafe. I ate the jumbo fried pork cutlet sandwich,it was good.
We can buy CD,books,clothes and Ghibli character products at the museum shop.