The small, but perfectly formed, Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo is a must-see for any Studio Ghibli or anime fan. It’s a chance to see some of the work that goes into a Ghibli movie and a glimpse into the minds of animation masters Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
Visitors can enjoy a delightful recreation of Miyazaki’s studio, ever-changing exhibitions about Ghibli and animation in general, and a chance to see brilliant Ghibli short films that can only be seen by museum visitors. The ticket price also includes an exclusive piece of film strip from one of the studio’s films (I got a strip from Kiki’s Delivery Service). Located in a lovely setting in the suburb of Mitaka, it’s a great little museum with a big heart. Don’t forget to book in advance though – it’s small size means that only limited numbers can attend each day.
Although no photography is allowed inside the museum buildings, there are a few opportunities in the gardens outside including a very familiar looking robot!