|All photos copyright, Tostzilla.|
You don't need to be a fan of the Ghibli films, but it sure helps if you are. Studio Ghibli has many many award winning animated films including "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbour Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Ponyo," and "The Secret of Arietty" amongst many others
|1:1 Scale Totoro|
|Side of Ghibli Museum with Giant Totoro|
|Kiki Cat Taps|
|Interior Courtyard of Museum|
The museum itself is set in a parkland environment and is nicely themed with friendly staff and many different types of exhibits inside and outside the museum building. You may wish to stop at a konbini by the train station and pick up some drinks and food (rice balls or sandwiches, etc.) as the snack bar here was pretty busy and many families here were having picnics in their outdoor lunch area.
Inside the museum is an environment that begs kids to run around and explore. There is a great big cat bus to play on (for the younger kids only), windy metal staircases and tiny passages to explore, but the biggest attraction are these special Ghibli short films that are ONLY shown here. These short films showcase Ghibli talent and include shows such as a semi-sequel to "My Neighbour Totoro" called "Mei and the Kitten Bus." You will not know which short you will see and I didn't get to see that one so I guess I'll have to go again.
|Laputan Robot Soldier|
Ghibli Museum Links
Definitely check the official site link for the latest information about the museum. You will have to buy your tickets in advance - no walk-ins. See the museum site for information about ticket purchase.
Other Tokyo Anime / Otaku Highlights Worth Visiting
- Gundam Cafe and AKB48 Cafe in Akihabara
- Gundam Front Mini-Theme Park in Odaiba (with another Gundam Cafe)
- Tokyo's Fantastic Kiddyland Toy Store
- The First Evangelion Store in Harajuku
- Pokemon Store in Hamamatsucho
- Tokyo's Theme Cafes
- The Ultra-tall Tokyo Skytree!
- Sweets Land, Character Street, and Ramen Street at Tokyo Station
- Yokohama Ramen Museum and Nissin Cup Noodle Museum
- The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka