Monday, May 17, 2010

Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

A couple of months ago I went to Ghibli Museum for the first time. I've been meaning to go for the longest time and I finally did. I grew up watching Ghibli films and my friends and I still get totally excited whenever a new film comes out.

As you can see, the museum is nestled away in the nature, helping create the Ghibli world...

Photographs aren't allowed inside the museum (and it is so much better to see everything in person, you'll feel like you're in a Ghibli film) so I'm going to show some other parts...
館内では写真が禁止なので、それ以外のものを紹介... the cafe!

The left is called omu-rice, basically, an omelette with rice inside. The right, a strawberry shortcake. Both very good, not to mention absolutely adorable! All of the food came with a little flag on top and the plates had Ghibli characters on them too. A fun fact: the omu-rice is shaped like a straw hat, like the one Mei wears in Totoro.

Inside the cafe

The courtyard

This is the guardian of the museum, the Robot Soldier on the Rooftop from Laputa Castle in the Sky. You might have recognized the Robot Soldier peering over the entire museum in the first photo.

For more information about exhibits and the museum itself, go here. I saw the Ponyo exhibition when I went and it was really interesting to see Hayao Miyazaki's actual sketches. There is also a small, very cute movie theater playing a short film that you can see only at the museum. And just a warning, don't forget to reserve your tickets in advance, they can't be purchased at the museum.
Do you have a favorite Ghibli film? I'd love to know. Mine are Spirited Away and Whisper of the Heart.

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Japan
1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed Tuesdays)



Anonymous said...

Great photos!!

Martwa Marta said...

this museum must be such a fantastic place! photos you took are fantastic as well!

Hiroko said...

OMG SO AWESOME! I've heard it's pretty hard to get tickets/ they take a long time to get in :/
I love the guardian statue!
I can only imagine happiness in a place like that :D
I love Whisper of the Heart! A lot of people really don't, I think it's so cute :D!!!
Sorry I get excited about Studio Ghibli, I have the collection of DVD's (only a few missing).
I love Howl's Moving Castle because I felt the end was very satisfying, I hate when you don't get the ending you want >.>
And of course I love Spirited Away! Those are my favourite's, have you seen Grave of the Fireflies? I don't understand how it even constitutes as a Ghibli film, heart breaking! The live action is even sadder D:

I loved this post, thank you so much for sharing.

竜眼寺文蔵 said...






wow, i really adore this post, it's amazing! lovely photos, it looks like heaps of fun :) ooh and the cafe looks wonderful too! have a fantastic week ♥

Winnie said...

Yes, I've heard it's quite difficult to go and you have to book tickets way in advance!

Love Studio Ghibli, but still yet to see all of the films, a couple are a little harder to find on dvd. But...Hiroko is right, Grave of the Fireflies is probably the saddest film I've ever watched!

Anonymous said...

wow look awesome, i want to visit Tokyo so badly!


I will take notes for when I have a change to know Japan! I am amazed!!!

CCWai said...

Looks like so much fun there.
I would definitely want to visit the cafe!
Love the movie Spirited Away from Ghibli Studios.

Marinka said...

I love ghibli films especially castle in the sky, my nieghboor totoro, sprited away and ponyo ^^ I wish I could go to this museum it seems like so much fun, it must be magical ^^

Kim said...

Ohh that looks crazy-cute! Is that a ginormous birdcage in the first picture? The food looks delicious too!


rebecca said...

I love all the photos in frames on the wall :)

Vinda Sonata said...

how cool! thanks for sharing, Kiyo. ghibli is an awesome studio. love the architecture and the details, the robot is amazing! also, the omu-rice seems very delicious!
thanks for sharing, kiyo.
i really like your blog, too, always so inspiring! :)

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

omg gorgeous
i think i got shivers looking at your photos- ghibli is genius
i want to go back to japan!!

Anonymous said...

私はそこに行ってみたい! >。<

Tere said...

thanks for your comment!
I'm very happy for your opinion! your blog is very nice!
very kisses from spain!

SabinePsynopsis said...

This looks so interesting! I've never heard of Ghibli, so sadly can't say much about his characters, but I certainly love the Robot Soldier.

Lily nail said...

i was in this place in march !!
i loooove tokyo !!

mel said...

wow sounds like an aweosme mueseum:) i love the gorgeous cafe and the totoro flag!! hehe fab sculture too

Rachel said...

That looks amazing... I really must visit some day!!!

Charlotte Elise Jay said...


this looks amazing I wish I could visit here :(

And the food looks soooo yummy

Char x

Helen said...

oh i never knew this place existed! it sounds so cute though.

Mumbles said...

I never knew about that place either, but it looks so nice
thanks for sharing, the best thing there is the food, it look delicious and so cute
have a nice weekend

marley mumbles

pilcuis said...

the museum looks amazing!! and the food delicious tokyo is the best!

竜眼寺文蔵 said...




Carmen said...

Lovely photos. The cake looks so yummy!

Thanks for your lovely comment.


Mother of Style said...

Wow thanks for sharing these pictures- my family loves the movies as well.

ChocoDisco said...

oh such a cute museum! i will definitely make an effort to visit next time i go to japan =)

thanks for sharing this!

Kirsty said...

wow i've heard from friends how great this museum is, i can't wait to visit tokyo and see it for myself! great blog :)

Vic said...

I would like to go there amazing city !!!