The Ghibli Museum


I’ll be honest: I have no idea who these people are, but they were posing in front of the big totoro for 15 minutes and I was tired of waiting. So, there you have it.

For lovers of animation in Japan, the Ghibli museum is also a place to visit on your list. We recently finally made it out there. However, there are strict rules about not taking photos of the museum, so don’t expect much of that.

The put it simply, the Ghibli Museum seems to have done their best to make a place of wonder for those that visit, especially children. There is no set path to follow and there are no exhibits that you must see. They tell you that you should get lost and find things that you’re naturally drawn towards.

When you enter, you’re given a ticket to a movie. There are a few movies that are shown at this museum, but they cycle through them so you will likely watch a different one should you make a return visit. Also, the tickets themselves have little bits of film from Ghibli movies. If you hold them up to the light, you can see the images in your newfound treasure. Here are some pics of our movie tickets:

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All-in-all, I would say that the museum is an amazing place, though I surprised by how much money people would thrown down for some random souvenirs. Of the two gifts shops, the one with collectibles was completely swamped with people, whereas the bookstore was only a little full. I found that especially strange since that’s where you can buy the picture books of the museum itself, as well as the picture books of the movie you got to watch. Clearly, that’s what I went for:


You’re allowed to take pictures outside of the museum, so here are the pictures I have of that:IMG_5375 IMG_5379 IMG_5377

A beautiful place to visit!

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One Response to The Ghibli Museum

  1. deb92024 says:

    One of the real highlights of my first visit to Japan!


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