Mitaka, just one stop from Kichijōji on the JR Chuo-line, is most famous for the Ghibli Museum, officially named Mitaka Municipal Museum of Animation Art.
Miyazaki Hayo's lovers will be delighted to ride a giant stuffed "nekobasu" (well, at least those under 12), meet "face to face" with one of the robots from Laputa, head up the spiral staircase or just wander around the innumerable anime related exhibits.
For the others, the museums may seem like a maze of staircases and toilets with miniature doors. The 15-min movie is rather disappointing, and the whole museum can be seen in less than 20 minutes.
Watch out that entrance to the Museum is only by advance purchase of a reserved ticket with the date specified on it. It is open everyday from 9am to 6pm, except on Tuesdays and during the New Year holidays.
Tickets cost ￥1000 over 19 years old, ￥700 from 13 to 18, ￥400 from 7 to 12, and ￥100 from 4 to 6 years old. The museum is located about 15min walk from Mitaka station south exit, and at the southern end of the Inokashira Koen. There is a special bus from Mitaka Station every 10min (￥200 one-way, or ￥300 return) for those who wish.
Please refer to the official website for more information on advance purchase from outside Japan or for the access map.
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