4.5 star rating: Recommended 164 Reviews

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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour

Visit the Ghibli Museum on this afternoon tour from Tokyo. Home to works from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli film animation studio, known for feature-length anime films like Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the museum provides a fun and fascinating activity for both kids and adults. Take a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to explore on your own. You’ll travel to and from the museum by local train and bus, accompanied by a guide.


  • Afternoon tour from Tokyo to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka
  • Learn about the anime works of the famous Studio Ghibli
  • Take a 45-minute guided tour of the museum
  • Discover exhibits about the animation process and popular characters
  • Watch a film by director Hayao Miyazaki, known for his Oscar-winning Spirited Away
  • Enjoy free time to explore the museum on your own
  • Travel to and from the museum with a guide by local train and bus

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Such a fun way to spend an afternoon! Learn all about Japanese animation at this museum dedicated to the studio co-founded by a master of the craft. Kids love the quirky anime characters!

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What You Can Expect

Tokyo Studio Ghibli Museum Afternoon Tour

See the works of Studio Ghibli at the Ghibli Museum on this tour from Tokyo.

Meet your guide in central Tokyo near Shinjuku Station to start your tour to the Ghibli Museum. Accompanied by your guide, travel by local train and bus from Tokyo to the suburb of Mitaka, where the museum stands on a 4,000-acre (1,618-hectare) site in Inokashira Park.

When you arrive, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the museum, during which you’ll learn a bit about the history of Studio Ghibli, the famous Japanese animation film studio that has produced acclaimed works like the Academy Award–winning film Spirited Away.

After your tour, you have another 45 minutes to explore the museum on your own. See various exhibits that describe the animation process, take your kids to the play space, or watch a short film by anime director Hayao Miyazaki. Your children will delight in the fun way that Ghibli characters are featured throughout the museum.

Visit the gift shop or restaurant for souvenirs or food, if you wish (own expense), before leaving with your guide to head back to Tokyo by train. Your tour ends when you return to Shinjuku Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Japan. The museum itself looks and feels like something right out of one of their films. Even for non-fans of their films the museum provided great insight into the animation process and there was plenty to see. Our tour guide was excellent, spoke very good English and the instructions were very clear and concise. We made it to the museum and back with zero issues. Make sure you book months in advance! This attraction very quickly sells out and we were barely able to make it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a great time at the Museum. The guide was very knowledgeable on all things Ghibli, as well as other random tid bits of information that was fun to know. Our guide was great, and the tour experience was fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well organized tour. Our host had fantastic English and was very informative about all the exhibits. Had a fantastic time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Easy, convenient meeting location. The tour guide Hiromi was great. Easily navigated the whole group to and from the museum, and provided great explanations about the exhibits we were going to see. Would highly recommend this tour for fans of Ghibli.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

If you don't understand written Japanese, I'd highly recommend this tour. The guide is friendly and will happily answer questions and of course, the museum is a must-see for any fan!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Everything about the tour was great and easy! The museum is a magical place and shouldn't be missed! Definitely recommend this tour to anyone :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The museum is small and can get crowded but worth it if you love animation. Our guide was great, her knowledge of the museum made to trip more meaningful with her simple and informative presentation. We had plenty of time to explore on our own, shop, and eat. Her care in making sure our group got to and from the museum and back was great. Take the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Kumi did a great job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide was so lovely! She spoke and understood english really well so it was very easy to converse with her. She looked after the group, ensuring everyone was on and off the train and bus. She gave us an explanation of the story behind each room and gave sufficient free time also.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The museum is a wonder to behold for any ghibli fan. You have just the right amount of time to explore. The guide was very helpful and pleasant. Only issue was the difficulty in finding the meeting location. We had to ask a kindly Japanese lady to help us and even she got lost!

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