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Our new exhibition: All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest

Our new exhibition opens on July 16. "All Aboard! The Cat Bus to the Ghibli Forest"
© Studio Ghibli © Museo d'Arte Ghibli

Thanks to your support, the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, is celebrating its 15th year. Some visitors who were school children when we first opened are now parents, and we are pretty sure we see some of those first visitors bringing their kids to the Museum.

Every year we have presented a new annual exhibition - that makes 14 in total!

We started in 2001 with the "Spirited Away Exhibit", and our exhibitions have included 2005's "Heidi - Production Artists at Work Exhibit", 2009's "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea - Making a Film with Pencils" exhibition and 2011's "The View from the Cat Bus - A Special Exhibition", introducing to our visitors our thoughts on how animation is created.

Other exhibitions, including the "'Castle in the Sky' and Imaginary Science Fiction Machines Exhibit" in 2002, "The Three Bears Exhibit" in 2007 and "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King - A Fairy Tale Treasure" exhibit in 2014, presented seeds of imagination and new ways to look at animation.

For our newest exhibition we have taken another look at all of our past exhibitions to revisit key themes and reimagine our presentations. After going deep into our warehouse to extract hidden treasures, we have stuffed our exhibition space with a collage of items and images from all of our exhibitions... including some old favorites including the gigantic Three Bears and a huge Cat Bus for everyone to board.

After a long closure, the Museum has reapplied its makeup and is freshly renewed and newly painted. Concentrating fifteen years of exhibitions into one space, we will be delighted for you to feel the passion and dedication of our animators and creators.

Exhibition period: July 16, 2016 (Saturday) to May 2017 (closing date to be confirmed).
Organizer: The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation
Special Collaboration: Studio Ghibli
Supporters: Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., Marubeni Power Retail Corporation

[Notice] Extended Museum Closure from Monday May 9, 2016.

The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, will be closed during the following period.

  < Closed > Monday, May 9 through Friday, July 15, 2016.

The Museum will be closed for maintenance and upgrading, Thank you for your understanding.

>>Museum Calendar

Museum Calendar 2016-2017



The Museum is closed every Tuesday, except on these Tuesdays:
 2016: January 5, May 3, August 2, 16
 2017: January 3, March 21
Tickets for October 1 and 2, 2016 are only available to residents of Mitaka city and other neighboring cities.

The Museum is also closed at Year-end and for New Year's Holidays, and for periodic maintenance:
   Periodic Maintenance 1: May 9, 2016 through July 15, 2016
   Periodic Maintenance 2: November 7, 2016 through November 11, 2016
   Year-end and New Year Holidays: December 27, 2016 through January 2, 2017

* Please check with designated local travel agencies.

Basic Information

Hours Of Operation



The Museum is closed every Tuesday, except on these Tuesdays:
 2016: January 5, May 3, August 2, 16
 2017: January 3, March 21
Tickets for October 1 and 2, 2016 are only available to residents of Mitaka city and other neighboring cities.

The Museum is also closed at Year-end and for New Year's Holidays, and for periodic maintenance:
   Periodic Maintenance 1: May 9, 2016 through July 15, 2016
   Periodic Maintenance 2: November 7, 2016 through November 11, 2016
   Year-end and New Year Holidays: December 27, 2016 through January 2, 2017

Please click here for the Museum Calendar (subject to change)

*Please check with designated local travel agencies.


Entrance to the Ghibli Museum is strictly by advance purchase of a reserved ticket which specifies the appointed date of the reservation.

>>How to buy tickets outside Japan

>>How to buy tickets in Japan

Once you purchase a reserved tickets, no changes or refunds are allowed.
When you enter the Museum, you will exchange your reserved ticket with a "film" ticket (Only one film ticket per person).

Admission Fees

Over Age 19 ¥1,000
Age 13-18 ¥700
Age 7-12 ¥400
Age 4-6 ¥100

*Children under 4 are admitted free of charge.
*When purchasing the tickets outside Japan, charges will be calculated in your local currency at the current rate of exchange, and will also include a handling fee.

Special access for the Physically Handicapped


The Museum offers handicapped use facilities in restrooms on all floors (four either-sex facilities inside, and one facility each for males and females outside the Museum building). We also provide stands for changing baby's diapers.

The Saturn Theater

Hearing assistance earphones are available for loan for the hearing impaired. As of now, only japanese is available.

For visitors using wheelchairs

All facilities in the three-story museum building excluding the roof garden are accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Museum. There is no elevator or other way to ascend from the second floor to the roof garden, except by the stairs.

For visitors who do not feel well

There are spaces available where you can rest.
Please ask our museum staff for details.

Treasure Hunting


Treasure Hunting
(Japanese tilte: Takara-sagashi)
Approx. 9 minutes
Based on the picture book "Treasure-Hunting" (Takara-sagashi) by Rieko Nakagawa and illustrated by Yuriko Omura (Fukuinkan Shoten Publishing)
Planning by Hayao Miyazaki

© 2011 Rieko Nakagawa ・ Yuriko Omura ・ Studio Ghibli

Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess


Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess
(Japanese title: Panndane to Tamagohime)
Approx. 12 minutes
Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
©2010 Studio Ghibli

This is the Kind of Museum I Want to Make!

A museum that is interesting and which relaxes the soul
A museum where much can be discovered
A museum based on a clear and consistent philosophy
A museum where those seeking enjoyment can enjoy, those seeking to ponder can ponder, and those seeking to feel can feel
A museum that makes you feel more enriched when you leave than when you entered!

To make such a museum, the building must be...
Put together as if it were a film
Not arrogant, magnificent, flamboyant, or suffocating
Quality space where people can feel at home, especially when it's not crowded
A building that has a warm feel and touch
A building where the breeze and sunlight can freely flow through

The museum must be run in such a way that...
Small children are treated as if they were grown-ups
The handicapped are accommodated as much as possible
The staff can be confident and proud of their work
Visitors are not controlled with predetermined courses and fixed directions
It is suffused with ideas and new challenges so that the exhibits do not get dusty or old, and that investments are made to realize that goal

The displays will be...
Not only for the benefit of people who are already fans of Studio Ghibli
Not a procession of artwork from past Ghibli films as if it were "a museum of the past"
A place where visitors can enjoy by just looking, can understand the artists' spirits, and can gain new insights into animation
Original works and pictures will be made to be exhibited at the museum
A project room and an exhibit room will be made, showing movement and life (Original short films will be produced to released in the museum!)
Ghibli's past films will be probed for understanding at a deeper level

The cafe will be...
An important place for relaxation and enjoyment
A place that doesn't underestimate the difficulties of running a museum cafe
A good cafe with a style all its own where running a cafe is taken seriously and done right

The museum shop will be...
Well-prepared and well-presented for the sake of the visitors and running the museum
Not a bargain shop that attaches importance only to the amount of sales
A shop that continues to strive to be a better shop
Where original items made only for the museum are found

The museum's relation to the park is...
Not just about caring for the plants and surrounding greenery but also planning for how things can improve ten years into the future
Seeking a way of being and running the museum so that the surrounding park will become even lusher and better, which will in turn make the museum better as well!

This is what I expect the museum to be, and therefore I will find a way to do it

This is the kind of museum I don't want to make!
A pretentious museum
An arrogant museum
A museum that treats its contents as if they were more important than people
A museum that displays uninteresting works as if they were significant

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
Executive Director
Hayao Miyazaki

Look! Totoro Is Waiting for Us at the Entrance!

When you walk along Kichijoji Avenue, in the shade of the tall green trees of Mitaka's Inokashira Park, you come upon a colorful building. Standing in front of a sign that says "Ghibli Museum, Mitaka", a very large Totoro welcomes you at the entrance. When you look through the portholes, soot-black Dust Bunnies are there as well. But this is not the real entrance. Totoro shows you where the real entrance is.

Open the door and welcome to wonderland! Every window and lamp is lovingly hand-crafted with beautiful and colorful stained glass using Ghibli characters, pretty plants and flowers, and forest animals. When the sun is shining, the vivid colors of the glass are reflected in splashes of colored light on the stone floors.

Welcome to The Space of Wonder

press_poto03.jpgLook up at the ceiling, and you will find it covered in fresco painting. In the center of a blue sky, there is a shining, smiling sun. Trees stretching up towards the sky are filled with grapes, melons, deliciously ripe fruits, and beautiful blossoms which you may never have seen before. If you look carefully, you may see Kiki on her broom, Nausicaa on her jet glider, or other characters flying through the sky.

Tickets are given over to visitors here in exchange for reservation coupons. These tickets are made of pieces of the actual 35mm film prints that were used in theaters. You can hold it up to the light and see which scene from a Ghibli film turned out to be your ticket. Since the Ghibli Museum treats every child as an independent guest, even very small children can stand on the special platform at the reception counter to be handed their own ticket.

The Central Hall - The Wind Whistles and the Light Shines Through

The Central HallHere is a towering open space extending up through the entire height of the Museum. In the glass dome at its center, a yellow whale swims in the ocean and the blades of a giant fan rotate overhead. Shining marbles of colored glass are fitted into the ironwork of the stairs and handrails. Taking in the whole room from bottom to top, you will discover a maze of spiral stairways, bridged passages, and overhanging terraces. This marvelous space transports you into the world of Hayao Miyazaki and the strange buildings which often appear in his films. Here you can see and feel them for yourself. Please pause before entering the exhibition rooms, and find your own secret favorite spots.