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Experience the magic of Studio Ghibli during an enchanting tour to the Ghibli Museum and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain insight into the history of the magical movies during the comfortable journey to Mitaka, and then set out to explore the Ghibli Museum independently. Convenient transportation from Tokyo is included on this tour, as well as entrance fees. On Mondays, your visit to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum will be substituted by a visit to Jindaiji Temple or Takahata Fudoson Temple.

Please note: The order of the tour itinerary will be changed from January 2019. You'll visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum after lunch first, and then head to the Ghibli Museum. Time at Ghibli Museum will be extended to 2.5 hours.
  • Visit Ghibli Museum and learn about the anime works of the famous Studio Ghibli
  • Hear commentary about the museum from a guide aboard the bus
  • Enjoy approx. 2 hours of free time to explore the museum on your own
  • Enjoy lunch at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
  • Watch a film by director Hayao Miyazaki, known for his Oscar-winning file Spirited Away

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn about Japanese animation with round-trip transport, lunch, and entrance fees included.

Make your way to Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel and greet your guide and group. Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and listen as your guide sets the cultural scene of the famous studio along the way; hear of Oscar-winning works such as Spirited Away and gain insight into the signature style of the production company. First stop is Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, where the architecture style has served as an inspiration for one of the Ghibli films. Enjoy the lunch at the hotel before heading to Ghibli Museum.

While at the museum, spend two hours exploring the exhibits on your own before leaving for the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum. Please note that the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum isn’t open Mondays, and Jindaiji Temple or Takahata Fudoson Temple will be a substitute stop in those cases.

Your guided tour ends seven hours later with drop-off in the Shinjuku area.

Please note: The order of the tour itinerary will be changed from January 2019. You'll visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architecture Museum after lunch first, and then head to the Ghibli Museum. Time at Ghibli Museum will be extended to 2.5 hours.


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, Jan 2019

The tour started at the tour office in the fantastic keio plaza hotel, where they had special art exhibits to enjoy while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive.We met our tour guide, Yuki, and were led off to the tour bus which was very comfortable with good wifi. Yuki was amazing, so knowledgeable and friendly, sharing details about Japanese life. She handed out packets describing our itinerary.First, we would stop for an early lunch. I was expecting a box lunch but no, we went to a really wonderful hotel for a buffet lunch. This lunch was unbelievably good! I went on the national holiday known as the coming of age day, so got to see many young women dressed in their kimono. Next we went to the open air architectural museum, where you can stroll among several historical buildings showing Japanese life over time. I really loved this and would like to go back and spend more time. It was great getting to just relax on a tour bus and not have to worry about navigating from place to place myself.After the open air museum we were on to studio Ghibli. There are no words that can adequately explain how I felt about this .Even if you are not a fan, go! You'll see a short animation and wander through the multi story building. You'll see the inspiration for the animations and replicas of the working office . And don't miss the cat bus! Thank you Yuki for such wonderful tour and experience which far exceeded my expectations.

, Dec 2018

It was a Great trip, the tour guide. Id very friendly and helpful. Too bad can't take photos inside the museum . Thank you

, Nov 2018

The museums slogan “Lets get lost together” summarizes the immersive nature of the museum. A must do

, Sep 2018

A great day but a few things of note.Tour guide english was very poor.No movie or interesting facts were provided on bus ride like indicated.Museum is very small, easily done in under two hours, including the 15 minute movie which is the must see of entire experience.The hotel for lunch was nice, but the main viewing area was closed for private event when we went.Can't speak on open air museum, since we skipped that part and went home on our ownBottom line is this,If you like ghibli and couldn't get tickets on your own to the museum, this is a decent option to get you there and in. That said, its not essential for non fans, and probably best done without tour

, Aug 2018

It was a very beautiful tour. And the most appreciated part was our tour's guide, she told me a lot of unknown and interesting facts

, Aug 2018

Ghibli is, of course, the highlight of this trip and I think you're given just enough time at the museum. It is only small and we had plenty of time to explore, go to the gift shop, take photos outside, watch the film and have a drink at the cafe. The hotel you visit is nice, but the special rooms weren't open, so it was a bit of a weird excursion to eat an American bar and grill in Japan, all in all the food was nice. The Tokyo Edo Open Air museum was good and I would have gladly sacrificed the hotel for more time exploring there. It really looks like a film set. I'm sure the hotel is worth it when the rooms are open, and it is very fancy. Wish I could afford to stay there. The bathroom was bigger than my house.

, Aug 2018

Miki our guide on the tour was very knowledgeable about everything Ghibli and gave us some very insightful tips on how to tackle the entire museum and we were able to see most of it within 2 hours without feeling like we were rushing. the hotel that inspired Spirited away was an amazing plus that i don't think we would have seen other wise.

, Jun 2018

Our kids 16yr old boy and 17yr old girl were the main reason we booked this tour, but we ended up enjoying it just as much! The museum is beautiful and our guide Mari was amazing! She shared so much with us about Japanese culture so we felt like we got more than just the tour info!

, May 2018

My daughters are big fans of Anime, and Miyazaki truly is an animation genius. The museum is a little ways away for central Tokyo but well worth the trip. The concession stand is always busy, so sitting down to enjoy some coffee isn't going to happen unless you have all day to spend there. Our tour was only supposed to spend a couple hours there, but we took the option to leave the tour at that point and stay on at the museum. Getting back wasn't too hard even though we got lost in Shinjuku station surprise surprise while transferring lines. The lunch was held at a hotel that needs to be seen to be believed, and was a treat all by itself. If I could make one recommendation to the tour operators, it would be to allow more time at the Ghibli museum, since it is one of a kind. Especially if you have fans of the genre in your family.

, Mar 2018

Miki was a wonderful tour guide. You can tell she really loves and knows a lot about Ghibli films. This tour particularly focused on Spirited away and some of the architecture that inspired the film. We got to the museum before it got super crowded which was great. Miki gave us an overview of the museum which really helped when looking around at the exhibits. Despite it being a very rainy day, we still went to the Edo Tokyo open air architecture museum which turned out to be really amazing and actually really lovely in the rain. I would not skip out on this part if you like history and architecture! The lunch at the hotel was absolutely amazing. The bus was clean and comfortable! Thank you for such a great tour!

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