5 Ways to Buy Ghibli Museum Tickets
Chance are if you are visiting Tokyo, you’ll want to check out the popular Ghibli Museum in the city of Mitaka, Tokyo. Advance tickets are the only way to visit this brilliant museum – you can’t just show up.
We list the best and easiest ways to buy tickets for the Ghibli Museum. The scope of this article only covers how to buy tickets, but in short, if you are a fan of any of the Ghibli films or animation in general, you’ll want to make this experience a priority. This stop is perfect to pair with your trip to Japan and Tokyo Disney Resort.
General Ticket Information
Tickets from Lawson or Lawson Online (official sources) are ¥1,000 (~$9 USD) for an adult and ¥500 (~$4 USD) for children, which is a fantastic value for what you get. Note that on most Tuesdays the museum is closed (check the official website for specific dates).
When you buy your tickets, you choose your time of entry (10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00). You have up to 30-minutes after your entry time to enter the museum.
Lawson Tickets Online (Easiest)
The easiest way to buy tickets is from the Lawson Tickets Online (official source). Tickets go on sale for the next month on the 10th the month before at 10 AM (Japan time).
You’re able to buy the tickets in store at any Lawson convenience store in Japan too. This is only useful if you live in Japan or know someone who can pick them up for you (make sure your name is on the ticket).
Protip: To make sure you get the date and time you want, buy tickets the moment they go on sale.
Voyagin (Last Minute)
If you’re unable to get the date/time you want then you’d normally be out of luck. Voyagin offers last-minute tickets for the Ghibli Museum. This does come at a price however at about $60USD per ticket. This cost may be worth it if this is a once in a lifetime trip.
Buy your tickets now through Voyagin.
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JCB Travel Agents Overseas
Select travel agents overseas sell a limited number of tickets 3 months in advance. The official website gives an excellent list of where to buy them in various countries, such as Canada, US, UK, and Australia.
Mitaka & Area Residents
If you are a resident of Mitaka and other cities in the area, then you have access to tickets 3 months in advance. This deal is exclusive to residents. They are the same price and residents can buy up to 6 tickets for themselves and friends. Read more about it here (Japanese only).
Buying Through Auction (Not Recommended)
This method we do not recommend as the museum has cracked down on resellers, but we wanted to include this information just so you are aware. The name on the ticket is verified at the entrance, which means someone in your party must have their name on the ticket. If the museum is unable to verify, you are not allowed inside and will not receive a refund. In short, don’t go this route.