I had always wanted to see the Ghibli Studios, where many of my favorite animated movies were made. The studio also has a museum, and both are located in the city of Mitaka, which is just a few train stops down from where we live in Tachikawa City. So, I decided to go. My friend Kenneth also is a big fan, and joined me on the trip.
The first shot to the left is Mitaka Train Station. You go out the south entrance, (which is pictured), and then head down this street, heading south. There are lots of signs saying which way it is to the Ghibli Museum. It's about 1 kilometer away, which is just under a mile. You can also take the bus. But I like to walk.
Half way there about 7 minutes later...
There were a number of people walking. It's a very nice walk with a small creek on the left and shops on the right.
I have arrived!
Kenneth and myself in front of the main entrance.
Looking over the gate into one of the plazas.
Here is the line que. You have to get your tickets in advance, at a convience store. I signed us up for the first tour of the day, which was at 10 am. Notice the robot from the movie "Laputa" on the top of the building.
In we go....Hiyayo Miyazaki who created the studio and the movies wanted the buildings to be very interesting, and a fun place to get "lost" and explore in.
There is several places to eat around the museum area.
A shot looking down. You are allowed to take photos outside the museum, but you are asked not to take any pictures or movies inside. I respected that, but I did find some pictures on their website and associate websites that I have borrowed to help give the feel for the museum. Under the small gazebo is a hand water pump.
Here is a shot of "Porco Roso" holding up the menu. The line was very long, so Kenneth and I did not try to wait the hour to eat at the main resturaunt. It sure does look good tho!
A shot at one of the artist offices on top of the courtyard.
Inside the courtyard on the bottom are lots of little surprises, like this gate that actually goes nowhere. It's just a painting a few feet beyond the gate.
A litle girl has fun pumping water.
Along side the wall near the pump is this stained glass window. These are little bits of coal dust, from the movie "Spirited Away".
Another view of the resturaunt. There is also a hotdog stand to the left, just out of sight from this picture.
We went upstairs past the "cat bus" display so I could get a shot of me and the robot from the movie "Laputa". Laputa is also called "Castle in the sky".
A shot from the back. The entire roof complex of all the buildings is a very thick garden.
A shot on the roof also of a construction cube from the city of Laputa.
Looking down from where the robot display is.
People lining up for the 12 noon tour.
A borrowed photo of part of the interior of the musueum. There was an impressive amount of real stained glass windows, with scenes from the different Ghibli movies all around the buildings.
A borrowed photo of stained glass window with scenes from "Kiki's Delivery Service".
A borrowed photo of scenes from "My friend Totoro".
A borrowed photo of "The radish god" from "My friend Totoro".
A borrowed photo of the witch Babayaga and Noface from the movie "Spirited Away".
A borrowed photo of Kiki from the movie "Kiki's Delivery Service".
A borrowed photo of looking up at the top of the musuem roof at some stained glass and fans shapped from "Nausicaa".
A borrowed photo of stained glass from the movie "Nausicaa".
A borrowed photo of theChihiro and the dragon Haku from the movie "Spirited Away".
A borrowed photo of the forest god from the movie "Princess Mononokey".
A borrowed photo of the forest people from the movie "Princess Mononoke ".
A borrowed photo showing several scenes from the movie "Princess Mononoke ".
A borrowed photo of the forest creatures from the movie "My friend Totoro".
A borrowed photo Kiki's parents from the movie "Kiki's Delivery Service".
A borrowed photo of Potsu and Sheeta from the movie "Laputa".
A borrowed photo of the crest of Ghibli Studios on their front gate.
A borrowed photo of a cup of hot chocolate with an image of Kiki made on it.
A borrowed photo of a cup of hot chocolate with an image of the CatBus made on it.
A borrowed photo. This is a set of rotating glass cyclendars, and when a strobe is applied, the birds appear to fly.
A borrowed photo. This disk rotates under a strobe, and it looks like everything is moving,...very cool!
A borrowed photo of a a shot of stained glass images from Porco Rosso and the Ghibli Logo.
A borrowed photo of one of the artist studio desks, working on the concepts and design of different movies that Ghibli has done.
A borrowed photo of the movie screening room in the museum. We got to watch an exclusive short film about some children having an adventure out on a boat.
A borrowed photo of the movie ticket you get when you enter the Ghibli Studios. This ticket is a cut of three frames of a movie that was made by Ghibli. You can keep this as a book mark or souvineer later.
   
Here is a shot of some movies that Ghibli has made.
Spirited Away
Kiki's Delivery Service
Laputa - Castle in the Sky
Whispers of the Heart
Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind
Princess Mononoke
Howl's Moving Castle
The Cat Returns
A borrowed photo from the Ghibli Studios brochure, showing the layout of the museum!