I was randomly wondering around this part of Tokyo when I saw a signpost advertising this place, I went up to the door and asked to buy a ticket and the guard said there weren't any. Although he pointed me to the convenience store across the road where I could buy a ticket. This was 10 years ago, I don't know if that place still sells tickets but the used to. It's now apparently very hard to get tickets unless you buy in advance.This place is magical, it's not a huge museum but the pack a lot in, be sure to bring a lot of money, because you will want to buy everything in the gift shop.
Make sure to buy your tickets some time before visiting. It gets sold out pretty fast! As a huge Ghibli fan I wouldn’t want to miss this experience - but my friend who never saw a Ghibli movie also really enjoyed it. I especially liked the lovely details like the colorful windows with Ghibli sceneries on it and all the sketches and drawings.
Quite possibly one of the most magical places I've ever been and a MUST if you're a Ghibli fan.Tickets tend to go on sale 3 months before so make sure you set a reminder - this place sells out fast. It's also pretty small so there's not many tickets in the first place.Another thing to note is that they don't allow any photos to be taken inside (saves the magic for people to see for themselves) but you can take them outside.If you have time, make sure you get in the queue early for the cafe. The food is delicious but the wait gets insane if you leave it too long.Also walk there from the train station. There's cute little distant markers all the way there but just watch out for the giant spiders that make a hell of a noise!
As a fan of Studio Ghibli, this was a joy. If you're not a fan, I'm not sure if you'd get much out of it. This is definitely not Disneyland. It's very gentle and nostalgic, a bit like Studio Ghibli movies. The gift shop is under-stocked (I found better items at shops in town), you can only watch the special short film once, but besides this, the atmosphere and information about the craft of storytelling was great.
Fans young and old will love this museum, which features hand-drawn sketches by Hayao Miyazaki.
You needn’t be a fan of anime to enjoy the whimsical Ghibli Museum, a combo art, science, and children’s museum in a complex reminiscent of a hobbit village. A central atrium topped by a glass dome and giant fan, inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s drawings, is a maze of staircases, passages, and hiding places; stained glass fitted into the ironwork casts multicolored shapes on the floors. Exhibits explain the animation process, and a small screening room shows original shorts, while on the rooftop garden, a 15-foot-high robot solider guards the Inokashira Park views. All exhibits apart from My Neighbor Totoro’s huge furry Catbus are open to adults.
The Ghibli Museum is a must-visit. Be warned that there are no on-site ticket sales. You must have a reserved ticket. You can get them at Lawson Convenience stores in Japan or through the Japan Travel Bureau abroad. Daily space is limited. Whether you are a fan or not, one can appreciate the art. Be on the lookout for Disney-Pixar characters hidden in the museum.