We had tried to book from Australia, however found this online when we arrived in Tokyo on the Friday.
We paid and were confirmed within 24 hours for Mon the 11th of Jan. We had a great Tour Guide who met us at the location Hotel near Shinjuku. She gave us info and then helped us board the bus to Mitaka where the Museum is.
During the bus trip she explained about the vision for the museum, and that we were to experience this for ourselves and we should not have her provide us with all the information. She also after her briefing on the museum, came by to see how we were going to make our way back. Providing us with bus or train options.
For a non Ghibli buff....it was extraordinary to view the animation see Totoro, and the 10mins of animation. See how Animation was made, and walk around absorbed in this medium. My son loved it.
We did our tour at 4.00 and managed to finish around 6.00 to grab the bus out the front to head to the Mitaka Station to head back to Shinjuku.
I enjoyed it and here are some of our pictures
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.
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.
Well organized tour. Our host had fantastic English and was very informative about all the exhibits. Had a fantastic time!
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.
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!
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 :
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.
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.
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!
If you love Japanese animated movies like Ponyo, Spirited Away, Totoro and many more, this is a must visit when you are in Tokyo. Very interesting tour - we were taken there via local bus and train by an excellent English speaking guide. Highly recommend this tour if these movies are your thing!
I am a fan of Ghibli and absolutely loved this museum, such a lovely gem
I booked this tour because it was the easiest way to get tickets to the museum. It's worth it for that alone, but I actually enjoyed the tour itself more than I expected. It was nice to have a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, since the museum is entirely in Japanese. It was a great trip.
We had a lot of fun on this tour; highly recommended for anyone interested in anime' and Studio Ghibli...
The tour was fantastic. Our guide was great and full of knowledge. She even suggested other places to go on other days. The museum was lovely. Magical. Recommended.
Amazing place - as sweet as Miyazaki-san's films. One of our Japan Trip highlights.
This is a great afternoon for Ghibli fans! The museum is really well laid out and having an Engliah speaking guide to point out all the little quirky things and explain the exhibits was really helpful. Plus it made getting there a lot easier if you're still struggling to get to grips with the transport systems in Japan!
im terrible at remembering names, and i feel really bad because our guide was fantastic! very knowledgeable about all thing ghibli, especially Totoro which was her favourite movie. You need to spend a lot of time here going through each room, the animation books, the displays, everything is just amazing especially if you are a studio ghibli fan like me! i couldnt contain my joy!!! the souvenir shop is jam packed with shoppers, in other tokyo toy stores i have been to, there was a range of studio ghibli memorabilia. so dont stress if you miss out. overall a great tour accompanied by a great guide.
Great tour, guide was so helpful after the tour to get us to where we wanted to go. Definitely recommend it!
I recommend if you love animation or are traveling with children. You need to purchase tickets ahead of time in advance anyway and they sell out frequently, so purchasing this with a tour that helps you travel to and from the location is convenient. Also, the descriptions inside are all in Japanese so if you want to know what they say, having the tour guide to translate is very convenient. You cannot take pictures inside the museum, but there are some wonderful locations outside for you to view.
Our guide Honda was awesome. Extremely polite and made sure that we got to the Ghibli museum together. She also bought us a little gift at the shop as the Ghibli movie that was shown changed from what was advertised. The tour/museum was brilliant, I was just gutted that you had to be under 12 to play on the giant cat bus (I'm 30!). I would go back again if I'm ever in Tokyo and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.