Going to Japan, everyone who is familiar with the work of Hayao Miyazaki, tends to get into the Ghibli Museum, founded by the studio of the same name. It was Ghibli workers who gave the world such great anime as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. Therefore, if you are a fan of anime culture or just want to plunge into the world of magic, then be sure to visit this place.
Purchasing a ticket
Studio Ghibli Museum is located in Tokyo and can be visited by both adults and children. But due to its small size, it cannot accommodate a large number of people, so you need to take care of purchasing a ticket in advance. Do not think that you will be able to buy it right on the day of your visit at the box office at the entrance to the museum.
You can buy your ticket from Ghibli's international distributors, who are not so easy to find, or in Tokyo from special machines located in Lawson stores. It is best if you take a person who speaks Japanese with you, otherwise you will not understandhieroglyphs. There you will be offered to buy a ticket for a specific date, and you will be able to discover the magical and wonderful world of the Studio Ghibli anime museum.
How to get there?
Getting to this cultural attraction in Japan is not that difficult. It takes half an hour from Tokyo Station. You can get from Mitake Station by bus in 15-20 minutes or walk to the park on foot. During this walk, you will pass along the canal and enjoy beautiful views.
The Ghibli Museum is an amazing labyrinth where pleasant surprises await visitors at every corner. To enter the territory, you need to go through the gate in the form of the most famous character Totoro. Stepping inside the Ghibli Museum, you seem to find yourself in a French castle. Some visitors comment that it looks like Howl's Moving Castle.
On the first floor you will see all the famous characters of Studio Ghibli, which are set in motion mechanically. Another room on the ground floor is like a miniature Louvre. Climbing up to the second floor, you will find yourself in the workshop of Hayao Miyazaki. Of course, this is not his real workplace. But the creators of the museum recreated the atmosphere in which the famous cartoonist works with amazing accuracy.
The walls are hung with sketches of the cartoon "Hedgehog in the Fog". Hayao Miyazaki is a big fan of Soviet animation, and considers this cartoon to be the best. In the same workshop sometimes worksa real artist, and guests can watch the process of creating anime.
There is a plush bus in a large bright room. Climbing up the narrow stairs, you will find yourself on the roof. The most popular object is located there - a robot from the anime "Castle in the Sky". Of course, the Ghibli Museum has a gift shop. There you can buy figurines of your favorite characters, t-shirts, mugs and many other interesting things.
Permanent exhibitions include stories on the history of animation, sketches and reference materials on the ground floor. Also, visitors will be shown the entire process of creating anime.
But in addition to exhibitions related to Studio Ghibli, there are exhibitions of other animation studios. The museum also has a cinema "Saturn", where guests can watch short animated cartoons. In addition to the souvenir shop, there is a bookstore and a cafe.
History of Creation
Museum planning dates back to 1998. The construction itself began in March 2000, and the official opening took place on October 1, 2001. Hayao Miyazaki himself came up with the design of the museum, drawing sketches as for his animation works. It is designed in European style, and the animator himself wanted the museum building to become part of his exposition.
Hayao Miyazaki and his friend Isao Takahata founded the studio of the same name in 1988. The name of the studio, and later the museum, was given in honor of one of the Italian aircraft, sinceMiyazaki was passionate about aviation from a young age. By the way, in Japanese the name is pronounced as "Jiburi". Although the studio itself advises pronouncing it as "Ghibli".
The park-museum contains all the best that is in the studio itself. The creators tried not only to make his visit interesting, but also to convey the atmosphere in which they create anime masterpieces.
Everyone who has visited the museum in Tokyo is absolutely delighted. They seem to fall into a fantasy world and become the heroes of their favorite anime. Visitors note that getting a ticket is quite difficult due to the language barrier. Also, many are upset that it is impossible to photograph the exhibits. But all this does not make visiting this beautiful place any less exciting.
Guests also note that the language barrier does not interfere with the visit, because at the entrance everyone is given brochures in English. Also in the museum, everything is thought out for a comfortable visit - there is even a playroom for children under 12 years old. Visitors of all ages enjoy immersing themselves in the world of animation.
The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is a dream come true for all fans of this anime studio and culture. No more than 2,400 people can visit it per day, and the park itself is designed for 600 visitors. All this is done for a comfortable pastime. It is not allowed to take pictures inside, and this is done so that the guests of the museum can fully immerse themselves in the magical atmosphere, enjoy it, and not view all the expositionsthrough the phone screen.
The museum is designed not only for children, but also for adults. It looks like a labyrinth where visitors will meet their favorite characters. A little hassle with getting a ticket is worth it to visit this magical place.