Studio Ghibli souvenirs and merchandise are high on the shopping list of any Ghibli fan visiting Japan. But with so many different animation and film franchises, and so many pop culture shops to visit, it’s hard to know where to go first!
But don’t worry, if you’re looking for Totoro plush toys, Kiki’s Delivery Service souvenirs, or Spirited Away stationery, then we know the perfect place for you!
Where to buy Studio Ghibli Merchandise in Japan
The best place to buy Studio Ghibli merchandise is at Donguri Kyowakoku.
The chain of dedicated Ghibli stores can be found across Japan, with a huge selection of Studio Ghibli souvenirs, toys, plush, figurines, clothing, stationery, and homeware.
Most of Ghibli’s films are represented, but designs featuring “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” are most common.
Donguri Kyowakoku means “acorn republic” in English and the stores definitely have a nature theme. Each shop is decorated with tree branches across the ceilings, natural wood shelves, and even the occasional life-size Totoro. Even if you have limited time or budget, if you see a store it’s worth a quick visit to see the decorations.
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Studio Ghibli Merchandise
Donguri Kyowakoku is constantly changing its merchandise, but no matter when you visit you’ll find plush toys, figurines, kitchenware, and stationery. For new and upcoming items, check the official website (only in Japanese but google translate works ok).
Click the photos for a closer look.
Figurines and Ornaments
Studio Ghibli merchandise tends to be slightly more expensive than other animation items, but the designs and quality of the products are worth it.
Also, the shops are regularly releasing new items, which means there are normally older items on sale. Here’s are some example of prices from May 2019 as a rough guide of what to expect.
- Medium-sized plush – ¥3,000 (US$27)
- Small figurine or ornament – ¥2,000 (US$18)
- Jacket – ¥4,800 (US$43)
- Socks – ¥1,200 (US$11)
- Mug/plate – ¥2,200 (US$20)
- Notepad – ¥400 (US$4)
- Pen – ¥800 (US$7)
There are 37 Donguri Kyowakoku across Japan, with multiple branches in Tokyo and Osaka. These branches are close to other sites.
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|Ikebukuro||Tokyo||Map||Sunshine City Aquarium and Mall, Pokémon Centre Mega|
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If you’re travelling to other cities in Japan, you can check out the full list of stores on the Japanese website. Google Translate works with the site and there are links to Google Maps for each location.
Where Else to Shop
There are plenty of places you can find Studio Ghibli merchandise across Japan. Large stores like Tokyu Hands and Loft will usually have some stationery items, but here are a few places you can find a good variety of items.
The Ghibli Museum
The shop inside the Ghibli Museum has a fantastic range of exclusive merchandise, but you need a ticket to enter. Tickets are limited and can sell out way in advance. Check out our Ghibli Museum guide for more information.
The 4-story complex is packed full of secondhand stores which specialise in pop culture merchandise. Studio Ghibli items are common, as well as items from Tokyo Disney Resort. Here’s our guide to getting there and which shops to visit.
Character Street, Tokyo Station
Character Street is a long row of shops under Tokyo Station dedicated to pop culture characters and souvenirs. As well as having a Donguri Kyowakoku Ghibli store, there’s a Pokémon Store (a smaller version of a Pokémon Center), and shops dedicated to Hello Kitty, Miffy, NHK characters, Tomica, Lego, and more.
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For more information on Donguri Kyowakoku, visit the official website.
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