I’ve waited to visit the Ghibli museum for years. Every time I tried to get tickets before they were always sold out, so right before I moved to Tokyo I made sure I got them a month before. And I finally went! My Ghibli dreams are now complete.
Yes Totoro! Thank you for waiting!
This is the Totoro reception near the entrance of them museum, but it’s so quietly tucked away that you might not see it so soon. I didn’t even find it till I was about to go home.
There’re actually few places you can take photos here; photography isn’t allowed anywhere inside the museum itself. It’s so refreshing because when I visit interesting places I always have to take pictures to show friends or post it on this blog, but with the rule here I could really just enjoy the museum and nothing else. Which I’m sure is their purpose
At the rooftop of the museum stands a huge robot soldier from the Laputa: Castle in the Sky film. When I first tried to go up it was raining a lot so they closed the rooftop. But I came back just when it stopped raining, and a rainbow appeared
There’s so much care put into making special details all over the museum. You have to look around closely to spot some of them, and when you do it’s like finding an easter egg.
Even the taps are blessed with Ghibli cuteness.
Since I went around lunchtime, I went to eat at the Straw Hat CafeIt was raining and there were a lot of people who wanted to enter so I ended up waiting for half an hour before there was a table. But it wasn’t so bad because they gave us chairs to sit and children’s storybooks to read, which was cute of them.
Porco Rosso (I guess that’s him) presents the day’s recommendations!
Their menu has the most beautiful handwritten words and little illustrations everywhere. There aren’t many different options for food, which I think is good because it feels like they treat each of their dishes with more love and care (if that makes sense).
The soup of the day was a creamy corn soup
This was clearly the star. A beautiful, freshly baked strawberry shortcake with super red berries perched on top of the cream. While I was eating halfway I noticed someone took the last slice in the display and I got kind of disappointed about it, but then a while later they staff took out a whole, brand new cake! So I got the first slice from that, yum.
My mom had this cheese pie, which was much simpler than my strawberry-crowned princess of a cake but so delicious with its pineapple-stuffed crustIt was like an evolution of an ordinary cheesecake.
There aren’t many places as special as the Ghibli Museum. It’s like a secret garden hidden away in Mitaka that’s hard to enter (thanks to Lawson’s advanced ticket sales that get snapped up way too fast), but once you’re inside you can really take your time and explore the world of Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s creationsImagination and creativity just work their magic in that place.
To get tickets make sure you buy them beforehand! For every month the sales start midway through the month before and they tend to sell out fast, so you need to be quick. Mitaka’s also located a bit out of the way from central Tokyo, though it’s still fairly accessible by train from Shinjuku.
It does take some work to go to the Ghibli Museum but it’s worth the effort once you step inside!