Ghibli Museum, Mitaka (ジブリ美術館)
If you are a fan of Ghibli films, this museum is a must-go. Ghibli animation themed museum is designed to recall the world of Ghibli films. You can explore the museum leisurely, or relax at a cafe or at a rooftop garden. Please note that tickets should be purchased in advance at travel agencies in some countries or at Lawson, a convenience store chain, in Japan.
The museum can be reached from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo Line (15 minutes, 220 yen from Shinjuku Station). There are shuttle buses from the station to the museum (210 yen one way, 320 yen roundtrip, children are half price), while a taxi ride costs about 750 yen. Alternatively you can walk in about 20 minutes from Mitaka Station or from Kichijoji Station through Inokashira Park.
10:00 to 18:00 (advance reservations required)
Tuesdays and over the New Year holidays
Periodic closures for maintenance
1000 yen for adults with discounted prices for children
(Tickets are not sold at the museum and must be purchased in advance)
Address: 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo (Google Map)
Atami Hihokan (熱海秘宝館)
It’s not in Tokyo but in Shizuoka, nor informative like other museums above. Atami Hihokan, literally ‘house of hidden treasures,’ is one of few sex museums remaining in Japan. The exhibit consists of Japanese sex arts, holograms, figures, games and so on. They are erotic but humorous or silly joke. The entrance fee of 1,700 yen would sound expensive, but if you can enjoy the nice ocean view from the hilltop and get an idea about Japanese attitude toward sex, it could be a fun. You must be over 18 years-old to enter.
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is most easily accessed from Noborito Station, which lies along both the Odakyu Odawara Line (20 minutes, 250 yen by express train from Shinjuku, frequent departures) and the JR Nambu Line (30 minutes, 310 yen from Kawasaki Station, frequent departures). A shuttle bus (10 minutes, 210 yen) operates every 10-15 minutes between the station and the museum.
Alternatively, the museum is about a 15 minute walk from either Mukogaoka Yuen Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line (20 minutes, 250 yen from Shinjuku) or Shukugawara Station on the JR Nambu Line (25 minutes, 310 yen from Kawasaki).
Hours and Fees
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (advance reservations required)
Closed: Tuesdays (or the following day if Tuesday is a national holiday) and Dec 30 to Jan 3.
No closures during Golden Week and summer holidays.
Admission: 1000 yen (adults), 700 yen (12-18), 500 yen (4-11), Free (under 4)
Tickets are not sold at the museum and must be purchased in advance