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Announcing our New Exhibition: The Haunted Tower - Perfect Popular Culture

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This exhibition is based on the novel Yureito (The Haunted Tower) by Rampo Edogawa. The roots of the novel can be traced back to the 1898 novel A Woman in Grey by A.M. Williamson, which was translated by Ruiko Kuroiwa in 1899 and published as a newspaper serial titled Yureito (The Haunted Tower). Thirty-eight years later, in 1937, Rampo Edogawa adapted the story into his characteristic "Rampo" style.

Director Hayao Miyazaki first read the story when he was in middle school. Etched firmly in his memory were the tapestry of romance wove by the story's characters and the great gears of the clock tower that looms large in the setting of the story. Director Miyazaki tells of how, when finally having the chance to create an animated feature, he showcased the tower and the romance in his first animated feature film, Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, in 1979.

This exhibition is planned and designed by director Hayao Miyazaki. Rereading Yureito (The Haunted Tower) after sixty years, he views the novel as an ideal example of popular culture for everyone. He explains why in his hand-drawn manga illustrations seen in the Exhibition.

A giant Clock Tower designed by director Miyazaki surprises visitors in the Museum's Central Hall. After ascending the spiral staircase inside the Tower, children will enter a maze evoking a subterranean labyrinth full of hidden jewels.

After the maze, visitors may view a diorama introducing the structure of the setting of Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro.

Please enjoy the grand and mysterious world of the Clock Tower, the setting of Yureito (The Haunted Tower).

【Exhibition Period】 Saturday, May 30, 2015~ May 2016 (closing date to be confirmed)
【Organizer】 The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation
【Special Collaboration】 Studio Ghibli    

Announcement of a new exhibition: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King ~ A Fairy Tale Treasure ~


Do you know the true story of "The Nutcracker"?
Brought to fame by Tchaikovsky's music, the ballet The Nutcracker is based on the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written 200 years ago by the German author Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann. Fantastic and mysterious, this story unfolds in the overlapping realms of "Reality" and "Fantasy" with ambiguous boundaries.

Hayao Miyazaki's encounter with The Nutcracker, a children's picture book based on the ballet adaptation published by Tokuma Shoten, sparked a fascination for this story that has captured the hearts of many young girls. Reading the picture book and the original novel over and over again, an epiphany came to Miyazaki, "This is a 'Fairy Tale Treasure'!" Thus he began to brainstorm on an exhibition that presents the mysterious charm of "The Nutcracker."

In this exhibition, Hayao Miyazaki introduces the story of The Nutcracker and presents his interpretation from various perspectives through hand-drawn illustrated panels. There are also a large model of a ballet theatre's stage and a room presenting The Nutcracker's lovely illustrations, drawn by its illustrator Alison Jay, inviting young children into the world of the picture book. As for the key person of the story, "The Nutcracker" himself, where is he from and what does he do? Visitors will have a chance to find out and maybe experience cracking a walnut or two.

Hoffman delivered brilliant treasures of his fairy tale world to children blessed with the freedom of imagination. We hope that the visitors will enjoy Hayao Miyazaki's presentation of this story's mysterious charm.

【Exhibition Period】 May 31, 2014 to May 2015 (tentative)
【Organizer】 Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation

Announcement of a new exhibition: "The Lens at Work in The Ghibli Forest"

The Ghibli Museum presents a new special exhibition on June 1, 2013.

There are many things around us that involve the use of lenses, such as a pair of glasses or contact lenses. Nowadays, the lenses inside the camera of our mobile phones are perhaps the most common. So how is such a familiar object created and how does it work? One would imagine that not many people may be able to answer that question.

Thanks to the lenses inside film projectors, Studio Ghibli's movies can be shown on large screens for many people to enjoy. More than 2000 years ago, people discovered that wonderful images would come to life when light was shot through a tiny hole onto a wall. The desire to make these images brighter and much clearer gave birth to lenses and eventually the movies.

At the permanent exhibit area of the Ghibli Museum, visitors can appreciate the process of how drawings on paper become animated on a roll of film. But the screening of a film simply cannot happen without the lens.

This exhibition allows visitors to experience first-hand these close-by yet unnoticed lenses. While walking through and looking into small viewing booths, visitors can peek through lenses and see how objects in front of their eyes seem to change in shape, size and brightness. It is a wonderful sensation that we hope viewers will enjoy.

Additionally, in the footsteps of those forerunners dedicated to entertain crowds with "the world through lenses", visitors will be able to experience projecting "moving pictures" at an interactive exhibit. Furthermore, visitors will have a chance to screen their own Museum film tickets.

Through this exhibition, we hope that the visitors can re-discover these immediate yet often-forgotten lenses.

【Exhibition Period】 June 1, 2013 to 18 May, 2014 (tentative)
【Organizer】 Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation

Museum Calendar 2015-2016



The Museum is closed every Tuesday, except on these Tuesdays:
 2015: January 6, March 24, May 5, August 11, September 22, November 3
 2016: January 5
Tickets for October 1 and 3, 2015 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 18, 2015 through May 29, 2015
  Periodic Maintenance 2: November 10, 2015 through November 20, 2015
  Year-end and New Year Holidays: December 28, 2015 through January 2, 2016

* Please check with designated local travel agencies.

Basic Information

Hours Of Operation



The Museum is closed every Tuesday, except on these Tuesdays:
 2015: January 6, March 24, May 5, August 11, September 22, November 3
 2016: January 5
Tickets for October 1 and 3, 2015 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 18, 2015 through May 29, 2015
  Periodic Maintenance 2: November 10, 2015 through November 20, 2015
  Year-end and New Year Holidays: December 28, 2015 through January 2, 2016

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.

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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 ・ G

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 Nibariki・G

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.