Are you a fan of Japanese animation movies? If so, you will know the legendary Ghibli Studio that was the producer and the origin of the most interesting and attractive Japanese anime, as the anime movies of Hayao Miyazaki. I think that visiting Ghibli museum in Tokyo would be for you a source of inspiration and infinite joy.
Ghibli museum is an animation museum in Tokyo and the art museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli – one of Japan’s most famous animation studios that have produced many of Japan’s worldwide animation movies such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. This museum consists of a children’s museum, technology museum, and fine arts museum which is dedicated for the art and techniques of animation.
Historically this museum was opened in 2001. The director Miyazaki Hayao actually created the museum by using his own drawn storyboards. Miyazaki made the museum both as a space for his work’s exhibition as well as a place where people can have many pleasant experiences that allow them to experience his own imagined world in a different way. The museum slogan is “let’s get lost together”. It has an implicit message to ask the visitors to really enjoy the experience and deeply feel the animation world. This museum is described as a “portal to a storybook world”. The design of the museum is inspired from the European architecture as the Italian stained glass that we found in cathedrals.
There are multiple exhibitions in this museum such as the three-dimensional zoetrope. There is also exhibitions about the creation of anime movies. Visitors can also visit the theater on the basement floor which allow visitors to see short anime movies. Other things that are provided in this museum are: a reading room and bookstore, souvenir gift shop, coffee, playroom for children, rooftop garden with a statue of a robot, and also fresco painting in the ceiling of the museum.
Address: 1-1-83 Shimo-Renjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo.
Getting here: by train: JR Chūō line to Mitaka, south exit
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Wed-Mon
The ticket should be purchased in advance. You can purchase a ticket online or from a kiosk at any Lawson stores in Tokyo.