Ghibli Museum

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The Ghibli Museum is Japan’s must-see spot for fans of the highly acclaimed films produced by Hayao Miyazaki. Opened in 2001, the museum welcomes excited visitors to the peaceful, Ghibli-esque area of Mitaka, Tokyo. Visitor access is through reservation only, usually at least 1-3 months in advance and tickets can sell out quickly.

Notice

Admission to the Ghibli Museum is by advance reservation only.

Overview

Address

1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013 (Directions)

Hours

10:00 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Holidays 10:00 - 17:00

Phone Number

0570-055-777

Website

https://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/

General Amenities

  • Restroom
  • Baby-friendly
  • Coin lockers
  • Nursing rooms
  • Luggage storage
  • Non-smoking
  • Shops

Accessibility

  • Multi-purpose toilet
  • Wheelchair rental
  • Guide dog access

Facilities

  • Cafe

Language support

  • Japanese

Payment Method

  • Credit card - JCB
  • Credit card - Visa
  • Credit card - Mastercard
  • Electronic money accepted
  • Pay by cash

Access

Take the JR Chuo Line to Mitaka Station. From the south exit of JR Mitaka Station, it's a 15-minute walk to the museum.

A community bus runs from JR Mitaka Station to the museum. The loop bus service runs approximately every 10 minutes. Bus tickets are on sale at the vending machine by Bus Stop No. 9.

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