Studio Ghibli Museum
Firstly an important note about Museum tickets. They can only be bought in advance! You can make reservations from outside of Japan in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, North America, Europe and Australia. From Japan, you can buy them from Lawson convenience stores. The museum is so popular that tickets must be bought many weeks in advance during peek seasons.
Prices: 700 yen for adults, 400 yen for ages seven to twelve, and 100 yen for ages four to six.
For more information on how to purchase tickets see link below!
Now, about getting there. The museum is located in the heart of the beautiful Inokashira park (pictured above) in Mitaka. You can walk through the park from Kichijoji Station to get there (take the park exit at the station) and you should get there in about 15 minutes. You can also walk there from Mitaka Station (also takes about 15 minutes). For more information on how to get there, see the link below.
Once you arrive there, you'll surely be struck by the outer appearance of the museum! It was designed by none other than legendary director and academy award winner Hayao Miyazaki who is also the executive director of the place. From the ground you can even see on the roof of the museum a large statue of a Robot appearing in Miyazaki's famous feautre Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
Below the famous Labuta Robot! He is on the rooftop garden part of the Museum standing at 5 meters tall.
Inside and out, your beloved Ghibli characters are displayed in statues, original drawings and short movies. Pay attention to many details as you walk through and you will find countless hidden references to the movies.
There is a permanent exhibition room featuring paintings, projected excerpts, and 3D models with figures representing film scenes. There is an area that replicates Miyazaki's workplace and study space. You can see many sketches and illustraions there. In this area, you can also touch the many books and toys scattered around. It has a theme park exhibition feeling to it that is different from most museums.
Totoro, perhaps the most famous character of all of Miyaki's work, is the centerpiece of the exhibition. A scene of his appears in a huge spining zoetrope (pre-film animation device). People marvel at this piece alone for minutes!
A part of the museum is dedicated to a changing special exhibition. The current one lasting until May of 2018 is about depiction of food in the Ghibili's films.
For more information on the exhibitions check out the link to the official website bellow.
Once you are done visiting the Museum, do not leave the area just yet! Take some time to stroll around the huge and beautiful Inokashira Park in which the museum is located! Then explore the beautiful town of Kichijoji, often refered to as the best place to live in Tokyo! See the link below for more on Kichijoji's best restaurants.