I’ve watch many great animation made by studio Ghibli my favorite character of them all definitely would be Totoro and maybe yours too! To me this is a must visit during your visit to Japan if you are a fan of studio Ghibli’s work.
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How to buy Ticket
Ticket are not sold at the museum, so you have to purchase the ticket in advance. For visitors outside of Japan you have the option to purchase it online you can visit their home page to find out how.
You can easily purchase ticket at local convenient store called ‘Lawson’ using their automatic ticketing machines, however it is not guaranteed that you can purchase and visit at the same day due to its popularity, ticket often are sold out. I’m lucky that my friend who stay in Japan purchased the ticket about 1 month before I visit Japan. Here’s their official website that you can visit to find out more about the place and how to get a ticket : http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en
How to get there
From Shinjuku station, take the JR line to Mitaka station about 15minutes, 220yen. Then take the shuttle bus from the station to the museum about 210yen one way.You can conveniently use the ‘passmo’ card for the bus ride.
Alternatively you can take taxi (not recommended,taxi in Japan is insanely expensive) or you can walk from the station about 20minutes.
So we took the shuttle bus to get to the museum and then we decided to walk from the museum back to the station.
Photographing inside the museum is prohibited, however you can still take some photos outside. We arrived at the museum at around 12pm without the need of waiting. About an hour later, phew! long queue!
Inside the museum , it was crowded and full of interesting display, you will also get to watch a specially created short film in its theater room.
There’s a themed cafe it was so crowded you’ll have to line up an hour to get in. Beside the cafe, there’s a small stall selling drinks and some hot food.
I got a sausage bun and a cup of hot tomato soup. Hot food is just great during the winter, though the taste of the sausage bun is just so-so.
After some short break, we take the spiral stair and get to the top, you’ll need to queue up even to take photo with the statue.
Saw this huge totoro when we’re on our way back to the station.
You’ll see different a scenery when you walk and by bus. These are some photos on the way walking back to the station.
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