Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The museum full of wonders!

Look! Totoro is waiting for us at the entrance!

When you walk along Kichijoji Avenue, in the shade of the tall green trees of Mitaka's Inokashira Park, you come upon a colorful building. Standing in front of a sign that says "Ghibli Museum, Mitaka", a very large Totoro welcomes you at the entrance. When you look through the portholes, soot-black Dust Bunnies are there as well. But this is not the real entrance. Totoro shows you where the real entrance is. Open the door and welcome to wonderland! Every window and lamp is lovingly hand-crafted with beautiful and colorful stained glass using Ghibli characters, pretty plants and flowers, and forest animals. When the sun is shining, the vivid colors of the glass are reflected in splashes of colored light on the stone floors.

Current Exhibition

"Future Boy Conan" Special Exhibition ~ Exploring the charm of manga films

Started on May 28, 2022 - Ends in November 2023

One of the characteristics of the works of film director Hayao Miyazaki is that "when you finish watching them, you find yourself a little more energized than before". Drawn into a vivid world of the protagonist, the film evokes the wishes and longings that are hidden within the viewer. The exhilaration brought about by the boldness of a story set in an unrealistic fictional world, which makes it all the more relaxing and enjoyable, is exactly the source of that rejuvenating energy. Manga films, in which the viewer becomes the protagonist of the story and feels like he or she is fully moving around in an absurd world created by imagination, are the origin and basis of Hayao Miyazaki's work.

This aspect is most strongly expressed in Hayao Miyazaki's first directorial debut, the animated television series "Future Boy Conan" (1978). This exhibition explores the charm of manga films in the 26 episodes in two galleries, presenting the story, machinery, design materials and imageboards drawn during the creative process to unravel the fascination. The 13-hour-long program is a "fun and entertaining animation" made to look like a single movie. We would be delighted if you could experience in the exhibition room the moment when the source of energy turns into a step towards the future.

The Saturn Theater

Current Film

Upcoming Films

Koro's Big Day Out

May 1 - 15, 2023

The puppy Koro rushes out of the house chasing Sawako leaving for school, but Koro gets lost. In unfamiliar places, Koro is nearly run over by a car, threatened by an alley cat... For little Koro, everything he encounters outside is new and a big adventure. Meanwhile, Sawako comes home to learn that Koro is gone. She frantically tries to find him. The suburban Tokyo backgrounds for this work were drawn using an innovative style incorporating color pencils as the medium.

Mei and the Baby Cat Bus

May 27 - June 30, 2023

The Whale Hunt

July 1 - 31, 2023

Other Short Films

House Hunting

The Day I Bought a Star

Mon Mon the Water Spider

A Sumo Wrestler's Tail

Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess

Treasure Hunting

Boro the Caterpillar


All admission to the Ghibli Museum is by advance reservation only.

No reservation or ticket purchase can be made at the Museum.

Daily Tickets


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Child (Ages 7 to 12)


Teen (Ages 13 to 18)


Adult (Ages 19 and over)



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