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There are three essential visiting spots that every otaku must visit if they ever plan to visit Tokyo: Electric Town (Akihabara), Nakano Broadway (Nakano), and Ghibli Museum (Mitaka). Of these three, Ghibli Museum is the only one which isn’t for shopping alone. Very focused on the animation process, the museum is rewarding even for those who aren’t fans of Ghibli movies.

The picture above is the biggest display outside the museum. Since you can’t take pictures inside, most pictures posted online of people who visited the museum will surely be around this robot statue. This robot appears in Castle in the Sky, one of the most memorable Ghibli movies. Link to the statue from another angle.

Two important bits of information for foreigners:

1. Tickets aren’t sold at the entrance of the museum. I noticed an Italian couple who bought their tickets in Italy, probably through a travel agency. Link to How to buy tickets ouside of Japan. If you are already in Japan, tickets can be pre-ordered at Lawson convenience stores. There is one right across the street to the bus stop near the Ghibli Museum. Inside the stores, there are red Loppi ATMs you must use in order to perform the purchase. No English option, so if you can’t read Japanese very well, ask for help to Lawson employees or print the guide displayed here. The only requirement that stood out to me while using the ATM which isn’t displayed in the previous link is that it asked for a phone number. If you are there for a short period of time and don’t know anyone there, talk to the hotel or to your travel agency and see if they can assist you in providing you a phone number required to buy a token. Another problem is that there is a limited number of guests per designated visiting hours (10h, 12h, 14h, and 16h) . The day I went to buy my tickets (end of November), they were vacant for any hour of the same day. Tickets might be sold out during vacation seasons like the Golden Weekend or end of the year, so watch out.

2. When you enter the museum, you are given a movie ticket. It enables you to watch a short movie only available at the Ghibli Museum. Remember to use it. There isn’t a predefined route inside there. Since I roamed freely, I almost left without going to the small theatre where the exhibitions are made. The short movies exhibited there periodically change. Justin Sevakis, Anime News Network’s new media director, wrote that he saw コロの大さんぽ (Koro’s Big Day Out) when he went there. I watched 水グモもんもん (Water Spider Monmon).

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Written by rti9

January 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Posted in anime, japan

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