Welcome to mitaka city!
Ghibli Museum, Mitaka / Ticket Information
I’m so happy you’ve come all the way to Mitaka. If you let me be your guide, I can show you all kinds of fun places to hang out and interesting things to do — or just relax! Can I be your guide? Please…? I’d love to? Great!!! Let’s go, meet my friends and neighbors!
Oh wait — I’ve forgotten to introduce myself! My name is Takajō, which sounds like “Mitaka,” but I’ll tell you about that later.
■So, let me tell you about Mitaka.
The word “Mitaka” comes from “mi” （三） which means “three” , and “taka”（鷹） “falcon.” Back in the Edo period, when the samurai ruled Japan, the shogun family practiced falconry hunting （takagari, 鷹狩） in this area—and the area where falconry is practiced is called takaba （鷹場）. Since there were three takaba, the area was eventually called Mitaka （three places for falconry.）
Just imagine! The shogun, surrounded by his many followers, practiced takagari right here where you’re standing!
■ So, remember my name, takaj ?
A takaj is a falcon trainer. See? I have a falcon with me right here.
Ghibli Museum, Mitaka / Ticket Information
Entrance to the GHIBLI MUSEUM is strictly by advance purchase of a reserved ticket which specifies the appointed date and time of the reservation. The entrance doors open 4 times a day.
To reserve tickets, use the Loppi (ticket selling machine) at Lawson convenience stores
Mitaka City Office provides free Wi-Fi at Mitaka Station,which can be used for 24 hours.Choose the “ilovemitaka” network and register with your email address. You can use Wi-Fi whenever you are near Mitaka Station. For more details, please check the Tourism Association`s website. Tourist manuals are also available at the tourist information center.
Mitaka Walking Map & Talking Pen
The original map accompanied by a rentable electronic pen was created to guide you throughout Mitaka so you can see Mitaka’s charming attractions. It is must-have item for first time visitors and is provided at the tourist information center. In case you do not speak Japanese, other languages, English, Chinese, or Korean helps you hear description of each location.
Rental charges of the pen : ¥100 / day
Access for the Airport by Airport Limousine bus
Airport Limousine buses to both Haneda Airport and Narita Airport depart from Kichijoji Station.
※There is the information desk of the Odakyu bus at the Mitaka Station south exit.
No reservation accepted.
Ticket prices : Adults ¥1,230／Children ¥620
The time required : 45-90 minutes
Where to buy your ticket: Driver Service. Please pay as you enter
Please get a ticket before departure.
Ticket prices : Adult ¥3,100／Children ¥1,550
The time required : 85-120 minutes
Phone : Odakyu Bus Reservation center (03-5438-8511) 10:00-19:00
Where to buy your ticket : Information desk of the Odakyu Bus at the Mitaka Station south exit.
Around “Mitaka” Station
JP BANK and SEVEN BANK
Bank cards and credit cards of most overseas banks are usable at JP BANK located at the Post Office or at SEVEN BANK in 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan.
Please note that some cards may be unusable and card-issuer may apply a service fee.
Currency Exchange Locations
Around Mitaka Station
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
(0422-47-3101) Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Weekdays only)
Can exchange: American Dollar / Euro
(0422-43-2171) Hours: 10:00 ~ 15:00 (Weekdays only)
Can exchange: American Dollar
Around “Kichijoji” Station
World Currency Shop
(atré Kichijoji place East building 2nd floor)
Hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00 (Open every day)
Map of the foreign language
Here’s a map of Mitaka so you can find your way around. Do you like anime? You do! Great! It helps you find the way to the Ghibli Museum and how to buy tickets for the Ghibli. Everything you need is right here, including international ATMs, free Wi-Fi spots, currency exchange, internet cafes,coffee shops and hotels—even the website of the Tourism Association!
Some facts about Mitaka City
【Mitaka City is located just about the center of Tokyo. Because of its breathtaking natural surroundings and many parks, Mitaka has quickly grown in size and become one of Tokyo’s famous commuter towns and also boasted a strong cultural atmosphere with literary museums, university, astronomical observatory, and even a marine technology laboratory. (Mitaka also happens to be a best kept secret place where you can enjoy shopping in friendly shops and eating at cozy restaurants.)】
【Tamagawa Josui Canal】
If you walk toward the Ghibli museum from Mitaka station, you will see Tamagawa Josui Canal on the left. About 360 years ago, the Shogun ordered the creation of the canal in order to supply drinking water to Edo (the old name for Tokyo.) Its entire 43 km length is said to have been completed in less than a year. The beautiful canal’s natural surroundings have been preserved till this day.
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