15 Studio Ghibli Related Places You Must Visit While In Japan
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15 Studio Ghibli Related Places You Must Visit While In Japan

Tokyo 2017.11.02

If you're a fan of the Studio Ghibli animation movies, you might want to visit some of the places that have inspired the settings for these works. This article introduces 15 places around Japan that are related to Studio Ghibli’s movies.

Written by Chiara Mischke

Catlover from Germany with her heart in Japan. In love with music, history, animals and all things weird.

Studio Ghibli, and especially the works of Hayao Miyazaki, have an ever growing fan base all over the world. A proof of this is that the tickets to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka still sell out within hours of their release.

Some people are not aware that the museum is not the only place you can visit if you are in love with Ghibli’s characters and movies. Places all over Japan have inspired and recreated Hayao Miyazaki's art.

This article will introduce you to 15 places all over Japan related to Studio Ghibli’s art.

Ghibli Related Places in Tokyo

1. The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

From The Ghibli Museum In Mitaka - Welcome To The World Of Ghibli!
The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka has to be one of the most first places to visit if you are a Ghibli Fan. It opened on October 1st, 2001, and celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016. It has been around for a long time and it’s open year-round, but it’s still as popular as when it first opened.

Most of the items on display at the museum are part of the permanent exhibition aside from small pieces being added here and there. However, the museum also offers special exhibitions related to Ghibli. These exhibitions change about once a year. As of October 2017, the current exhibition at the museum is about food and how it is used in Studio Ghibli’s movies.

Another thing that changes on a regular basis is the short movie shown at the cinema inside the museum. These short movies are shown only at the museum and can’t be seen anywhere else.

Tickets for the museum are only available on pre-sale, they cannot be purchased at the museum. You have to select the day and time you want to visit the museum when purchasing your ticket. Your choice is final and can’t be changed after purchase.

In Japan, the tickets go on sale on the 10th of each month for the following month. From overseas, you can purchase them through the JTB Group, where they go on sale on the 1st of each month for the following month.

The tickets for the museum sell out very quickly, so we recommend to secure tickets as soon as they go on sale.

For more information please check The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka - Information on Booking Tickets and Access

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2. The Ghibli Clock in Shiodome

15 Studio Ghibli Related Places You Must Visit In Japan

From The Ghibli Clock In Shiodome - Enjoy Hayao Miyazaki’s Art For Free!

The Ghibli Clock located in Shiodome in front of the Nippon TV's headquarters is one of Tokyo’s great free art displays. The clock was created by Hayao Miyazaki himself and built by Kunio Shachimaru, the same artist who created the Robot Soldier on top of the Ghibli Museum.

In 2006 Hayao Miyazaki and Nippon TV revealed the enormous 10 meters high and 18 meters wide Cuckoo Clock.

Even though its connection to "Howl’s Moving Castle" was never confirmed by Miyazaki himself, you can’t deny the similarities of the Clock and Howl’s Castle. The movie and the clock were created around the same time.

The clock comes to life every day at 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM and 8 PM. An extra show is added during the weekends at 10 AM.

At these times nearly everything inside the clock will start moving 3 minutes and 40 seconds before the full hour. The clock showcases the same love for details that makes Miyazaki movies so charming. Definitely worth a visit for Ghibli and art fans alike.

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3. Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum

15 Studio Ghibli Related Places You Must Visit In Japan

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Rumour has it that the east zone at the Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum has inspired some of the buildings in the world of "Spirited Away".

The headquarters of Studio Ghibli is located very close to the museum and it seems that Hayao Miyazaki has been a regular visitor during the creation of "Spirited Away".

Even the mascot of the museum, a tiny caterpillar looking guy, has been created by Miyazaki himself.

Stepping into the east zone you can clearly imagine how this could set the tone for a movie like "Spirited Away". There is even an old tram on display leading up to the street. The inside of the tram looks a lot like that of the train that brings Chihiro and No-Face to Zeniba.

Other than the tram, the old bar, as well as the bathhouse, also seem to have been showcased in the movie. You can certainly imagine Chihiro’s parents stuffing themselves at the bar, while slowly turning into pigs.

Aside from the chance to step into the world of "Spirited Away", the museum has other interesting buildings on display as well. From traditional Japanese to western inspired ones, the variety is endless, making this museum a great place for time travel.

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4. Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory

15 Studio Ghibli Related Places You Must Visit In Japan

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At Shirohige Cream Puff Factory ("White Beard's Cream Puff Factory"), you can enjoy the only Totoro cream puff in Japan. This shop is officially approved by Studio Ghibli.

It is conveniently located in the neighborhood of Shimokitazawa. Everything in this little bakery is Ghibli themed. The sign that shows a picture of white beard, as well as the interior, looks like something out of a Ghibli movie.

All the pastries in this shop are inspired by Totoro and some of his forest friends. You can buy Totoro Cream Puffs as well as cookies and even Totoro Cakes. While the custard and chocolate flavored ones are available year-round, other flavors are season limited.

If you would like to get one of these cute and tasty Totoro cakes, please consider making a reservation beforehand.

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