Going to the Ghibli Museum is already an adventure in itself.
First, you have to get some tickets, which is not an easy task. You have to book the tickets a few months in advance, through a specific French travel agency or you can buy the tickets at a vending machine in a konbini (which implies that you are already in Japan a few months before going to the museum).
Since I didn’t manage to have some tickets from the French travel agency (all the tickets were actually sold out, even two months in advance), Noriko, my wonderful penpal friend, managed to buy me some tickets and send them to me:
It was settled. I had my date with Totoro on June 22th (2015) at 14:00.
ARRIVAL IN MITAKA
Lucky for me, I was couchsurfing really close to Mitaka, in Hiroshi Koganei, so the train journey was not too long (otherwise, from central Tokyo, it would have taken me about 1 hour to get there). At Mitaka, I ask my way to random people (as usual !), because I don’t seem to be really good with orientation, even with my 2€ pocket compass. Anyway, this is how I stumble upon the most kawai bus stop ever. My eyes starts to be filled up with glitters – japanese style.
THE GHIBLI MUSEUM
When I reach the museum, my eyes are getting wider and wider. The glitters are turning into bloody fireworks.
I get a very special ticket at the entrance: a piece of pellicle film. Mine is from Ponyo. This special ticket allows me to watch some 20 minutes original short movies. One is called Treasure Hunting and was created especially for the museum. Wouwwwou !
Sadly, taking pictures inside the museum is forbidden. I really want to remember everything about this place, so I enter in every room at least twice. Hanging on the walls: drawings, toys, reproductions, … An entire room is for the studio animation techniques, another one is a reproduction of Hayao and his team’s office desks.
A huge cat-bus is located upstairs, with many soot sprites on his fur. To my greatest despair, only kids can go inside… There’s also a Ghibli Shop (like almost everywhere in Japan – Oh Japan, wonderful country !), a Ghibli Café, the cutest bathrooms ever, roof gardens, etc.
THE INOKASHIRA KÔEN PARK
Just beside the museum is located the Inokashira Kôen Park, which is worth the walk when you get out of the museum, for it’s a perfect way to remain in this magic and peaceful state of mind.
Let’s go there! :
Ghibli Museum, Mitaka: JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku,Tokyo, Mitaka stop.
Some other Ghibli Shops across Japan:
(There’s no need to tell you how much I was excited, like a little girl in paradise, in every single one of them.)