How to Buy Studio Ghibli Museum Tickets in 2019

How to Buy Studio Ghibli Museum Tickets for Tokyo, Japan

Studio Ghibli is one of the most loved and acclaimed animation studios in the whole world. Founded in 1984, Studio Ghibli has produced over 20 anime feature films. Seven Ghibli films are among the top 15 anime films made in Japan, 5 of their films have received Academy Award nominations, and ‘Spirited Away’ won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. In addition to Spirited Away, some of their most well-known and loved films include My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

If you love the creations of Studio Ghibli or enjoy animation in general, a ticket to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo should be one of your most sought-after tickets.

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Ghibli Museum Tickets Sold Out

Because of Studio Ghibli’s critical and popular acclaim, the Studio Ghibli Museum is one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Tokyo. Unfortunately, the museum is quite small in comparison to many other museums, so entry numbers are strictly limited and you cannot purchase tickets directly from the museum, therefore Ghibli Museum tickets availability can be a big problem.

Ghibli Museum tickets can be harder to get than tickets to the most popular live concerts and sporting events. This is partly because of the limited ticket numbers but also because the tickets only become available once a month through the main ticket suppliers, Lawsons and JTB. For example, if you want to purchase a ticket through a Lawson’s Online, you will have to be ready to purchase at exactly 10am on the 10th of each month (when tickets go on sale for the following month). Even then there is no guarantee to get the number of tickets you want at the time you want. In our Facebook group, Japan Travel Planning, it’s common to hear stories of people not being able to get through due to the sheer volume of traffic, and when you get through the tickets you want are often not available. Tickets for the entire month can often be sold out within 30 minutes to an hour.

If you are confronted with ‘Ghibli Museum tickets sold out’ all hope is not lost. If you are one of the many people wanting to obtain the prized Studio Ghibli museum tickets, I will be providing you with a wide range of different options to give you the best chance of securing Ghibli Museum tickets.

In this article I will also help you with the following:

  • Quick links for purchasing online Studio Ghibli Museum tickets
  • Why you should visit Ghibli Museum
  • My recommendations for purchasing tickets
  • Which days the museum is open and which days it is closed
  • Opening hours and specific admission times
  • Where the Studio Ghibli Museum is in Tokyo including some of the attractions in the area surrounding the museum
  • How to get to Studio Ghibli Museum
  • Expanded detail on the different ways to purchase Ghibli Museum tickets.

How to Buy Studio Ghibli Museum Tickets – Online Quick Links

Costs are accurate as at 11 July 2018, but prices may go up or down depending on product pricing, exchange rate changes and various promotions offered by the different providers.  This article will be periodically updated to reflect the latest prices.

Ghibli Museum Ticket Type Provider & Cost Link and When to Buy
Tickets Only Lawson Online

Ages 19 and over – 1000 Yen (US$9)

Ages 13 to 18 – 700 Yen (US$6.30)

Ages 7 to 12 – 400 Yen (US$3.60)

Ages 4 to 6 – 100 Yen (US$0.90)

Children under 4 are free

Click here to buy tickets through Lawson Online.

Tickets go on sale for the following month from 10am (Japan time) on the 10th of each month

Voyagin

Ticket vouchers are US$32.29 each. (Only adult tickets available. Free admission for children 3 or under)

Voyagin also regularly offers coupon code discounts – click through to see what discount may be on offer.

 

Click here to book tickets through Voyagin.

Voyagin offers much greater flexibility than other ticket providers. They offer both a pre-order service and are the only provider to offer a last minute ticket service.

Pre-order tickets: As the date of publication, tickets can be pre-ordered as far ahead as June 2019. The pre-order deadline is 8th (23:59) of the previous month of the ticket date.

Last minute tickets: Use this option if you miss the pre-order deadline. The chances of getting tickets with this option are reduced significantly.

Klook Short Tour (including Inokashira Park Walking Tour and Ghibli Museum Tickets)

A new option being offered by Klook is a short tour which includes a guided 30 minute walk through Inokashira Park, and then entry to the Ghibli Museum to explore at your own pace (unguided).

Prices are from US$ 43.19.

 

 

Click here to book the Inokashira Park Walking Tour and Ghibli Museum Tour through Klook

 

 

JTB Group

Prices set by the local JTB agency based on exchange rates and include an additional handling fee. Shipping is extra unless collecting direct from the agency.

For example, in Australia tickets are currently $30 for adults, $20 for youths (13-18), $18 for juniors (7-12), $10 for children (4-6) and $1 for infants (0-3). Shipping is AU$8 or AU$20 for a courier.

Click here for JTB Hong Kong

Click here for JTB Taiwan

Click here for JTB Korea

Click here for Europe, North America and Oceania.

Tickets for that month up to three months ahead will be sold from the 1st of every month. For example, 1st January – April tickets

1st February – May tickets

NOTE 1: There are 200 tickets per admission day for all JTB agencies including Asia. Only 100 of these tickets are available for Europe, North America and Oceania.

NOTE 2: Some JTB agencies such as JTB UK may only offer tickets as part of a package, and may refer you back to Lawson Online if you just want a ticket.

KK Day

Japan Delivery – From US$17.97 (Only adult tickets available. Free admission for children 4 and under.)

Click here to buy Japan delivery ticket through KK Day

Ticket bookings are taken every month from the 1st at 10:00am until the 5th at 6:30pm for the following month.

Viator

Viator have recently launched a ticket only option which is very competitive. Ticket vouchers through Viator are US$53.51.

You can add on transfers to and from the museum but this add-on is expensive.

Click here to book tickets through Viator.

Their pre-order service seems to be quite flexible but they don’t offer a last-minute service like Voyagin.

Tickets + 1-way transfer Get Your Guide

Adult ticket price varies depending on the number of adults in the group. Adults include children over the age of 12.

For example:

1 x adult is $209.41 per person.

2 x adults are $112 per person.

3 x adults are $80 per person.

If you have 9 adults in the group the ticket price is US$51.07 per person.

The above prices are for more than 1 month ahead. For one month ahead, e.g. booking in July for remaining August tickets, expect to pay almost double the above prices for adult tickets, e.g. 1 x adult is US$401.56.

Ages 6 to 12 – US$14.12 per ticket.

Ages 4 to 5 – US$12.94 per ticket.

Click here to book tickets through Get Your Guide.

The price includes a one-way transfer to the Studio Ghibli museum and you can pay extra for a 2-way transfer.

Get Your Guide also offers a lot of flexibility when pre-ordering tickets. Tickets can be pre-ordered up to one year ahead.

There appears to be no stated date by when you have to pre-order tickets. Just look on the booking calendar for when tickets are available.

Tickets + Tour Price includes pickup from Keio Plaza Hotel, English speaking guide, lunch at Hotel Gajoen, Ghibli museum entry fee, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum entry fee and drop-off near Shinjuku station. Does not include drinks at lunch.

Klook

Adult ticket price is US$120.09

Ages 4 – 11 – US$106.75

Children aged 0-3 are free if they don’t require seats or a meal. Otherwise child ticket price applies.

Viator

Viator offers the same tour as Klook at a similar price.

Adult ticket price is US$122.14

Ages 4-1 – US$108.83

Children aged 0-3 are free if they don’t require seats or a meal. Otherwise child ticket price applies.

Click here to book tickets through Klook.

Click here to book tickets through Viator.

If you are prepared to pay the extra money, this tour package through Klook or Viator offers you considerable flexibility and a strong chance of securing a ticket. You can purchase tickets at relatively short notice even for the month ahead (until tickets are sold out) up to about 5 months ahead.

Why Visit Studio Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum is full of fascinating details that will induce a sense of wonder. I have no intention of giving away all its surprises but, without revealing too much, here are just some of the experiences you can look forward to:

  • A ticket booth staffed by Totoro.
  • Exchange your reservation coupons for a special ticket made from pieces of film prints from Ghibli movies. This is a wonderful souvenir in it’s own right.
  • Watch an original animated short film in the Saturn Theatre. At the moment, the short film is Boro the Caterpillar.
  • Journey through rooms and spaces that are as whimsical as the buildings in Ghibli movies.
  • Gain insights into how animated films are made by wandering through a room set up like a vintage animator’s studio room.
  • Browse through a collection of books recommended by Miyazaki in the Reading Room called Tri Hawks. This is also a book shop.
  • Touch and play with the Cat Bus (if you are 12 and under).
  • Take the staircase to the rooftop garden and encounter the 5 metre (15 foot tall) Robot Soldier.

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It’s a museum that encourages you to relax, take your time and go on a journey of discovery in search of all the wonderful and whimsical details both large and small. No photos or videos are allowed inside which in one sense may be disappointing but it encourages you to enjoy the museum through your own eyes rather than through a camera lens. I’d strongly recommend purchasing the book called “The Art Collection of the Ghibli Museum” from the Tri Hawks Reading Room and Bookshop particularly given the restrictions about taking photos or videos inside. The great news is you can take photos outside which is almost equally as wondrous as the inside, as the whole building and grounds looks like it came straight out of a Ghibli movie including the Robot.

When you visit be aware that while there are English brochures and staff can speak English, the displays are in Japanese. However, unlike many museums this is not a big deal. In fact, it encourages you to focus and let all the incredible visual details wash over you. Don’t feel rushed and you will feel like you are inside part of the Ghibli universe.

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Ghibli Museum Shop

The Studio Ghibli Museum Gift Shop, is called ‘Mamma Aiuto’ named after the sky pirates from the Ghibli film ‘Porco Rosso’. The Ghibli Museum Gift shop is filled with collectibles and souvenirs, many of which are limited editions or items that are exclusive to Mamma Aiuto so it’s well worth a visit. Here’s a link to a recent article with some examples of the items that are exclusive to the Studio Ghibli gift shop. Be prepared for the Studio Ghibli gift shop to be busy just like other parts of the museum, so you may be forced to shuffle around a bit depending on the time you visit it.

If you have the time, I would suggest doing a bit of research by visiting a Donguri Republic shop before your visit to the museum (without necessarily buying unless you find items that are just too hard to resist). Donguri Republic is the official Ghibli gift shop and has over 30 locations throughout Japan. A visit to a Donguri shop will give you a better idea of the items exclusive to Mamma Aiuto when you visit Ghibli Museum. Read this article for more details about Donguri stores and their locations.

Ghibli Museum Café

The café at the Ghibli Museum is called the Straw Hat Café. The café is located in a bright yellow building which is accessible by a set of stairs from the first floor or by crossing a bridge on the second floor. If you have the time, a visit to the café should be an integral part of your visit to the museum. You can order food (including various snacks and ice creams) and drinks including beer from a counter and eat at an open area with tables.

The best experience though is by getting into the café itself. Studio Ghibli characters feature in both the décor and the dishes, so the café becomes an extension of the museum experience. The café gets full quickly and it’s not uncommon to have a wait of about an hour but for most people it’s well worth it. I would suggest lining up about 11ish, have something to eat and drink, and then see the rest of the museum afterwards. The wait itself is made as relaxing and pleasant as possible. You can sit on a nice patio shaded by tall trees overhead. Chairs are scattered around the patio which allows you to sit down. Staff provide menus (in English, Japanese and Chinese) so you can browse the menu while waiting. Sometimes books are even provided for you to read. Once you have entered the café, you will discover that the food is made of organic ingredients, is delicious, and is full of whimsy and wonder, just like the rest of the museum. Here’s a great review by Food Lover Girl which will give you a good insight into what Straw Hat Café has to offer.

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Ghibli Museum Tickets – My Recommendations

Here are my recommendations regarding the various Ghibli Museum ticket purchase options.

Lower Cost Higher Risk Options

There are three main lower cost options available, but the downside is the risk of not getting the number of tickets you want for the days that you want, or in the worst-case scenario, not getting tickets at all. I’ve heard and read of many instances, where people who were desperate to go to the Ghibli Museum have missed out using these options. However, if getting the tickets at a cheap price is the primary requirement for you, try to get a friend or contact who is already in Japan to get a ticket for you through a Loppi machine at a Lawson store. Otherwise, if you have already booked your Tokyo accommodation, see if your hotel concierge service can organise some tickets for you.

The other main lower cost option is to try and get a ticket through Lawson Online, but you will have to be extremely quick and extremely lucky to get the tickets you want. A slightly more expensive option is to purchase a ticket through your local JTB office (if you have one). For this option you will need to be ready at least 3 months in advance (e.g. book in January for April) and you will also need to be quite quick. There are only 200 daily tickets made available for all JTB offices, and only 100 of these are available each day for all of North America, Europe and Oceania.

Higher Cost Lower Risk Options

When trying to arrange tickets for my family to visit the Ghibli Museum I would choose to book a ticket through an online travel agency/reseller such as Voyagin, KK Day, Klook, Get Your Guide or Viator.

Voyagin Ticket Vouchers for the Studio Ghibli Museum

I would recommend booking Ghibli Museum tickets through Voyagin. This is also the booking option I would choose to use and the reason for this opinion is maximum flexibility.  Voyagin regularly offers coupon code discounts – click through to see what discount may be on offer.

Click here to book Ghibli Museum Tickets through Voyagin

One huge advantage of the Voyagin service is that you can pre-book a long way ahead (almost 12 months) with a very high chance of securing tickets which gives you considerable peace of mind when organising your itinerary. This provides you with peace of mind with the added benefit of not having to worry about setting a reminder to book during a certain period. You will also get an immediate update from Voyagin once the tickets go on sale. It’s a very straight forward and reliable service that minimises stress.

At the other end of the planning spectrum, if you have had only limited time to plan your trip to Japan or decide at short notice to visit the Ghibli Museum, Voyagin also offers an excellent last-minute service. Most providers only offer tickets about 1 month in advance and then stop selling them, whereas Voyagin guests can book same month tickets. For example, some ticket providers will stop selling tickets on 5th July for August tickets, whereas Voyagin will still offer tickets after the 10th of the July.

Last minute tickets through Voyagin are those tickets that are remaining after the official sale date. Because the museum is so popular, many dates/time slots are already sold out after the first sale date. Last-minute tickets are only offered on their website if they are actually available, but in the process between a booking being made and Voyagin securing the ticket there is a small chance that the tickets go out of stock through the supplier. Therefore, in this instance it helps if you can provide alternative times and/or dates you can go to the museum so Voyagin can secure the next available option. In certain months, these last-minute tickets will also sell out very quickly. For example, August is a high month for travel to Japan so last-minute tickets will have sold out soon after 10th July.

Klook Short Tour (including Inokashira Park Walking Tour and Ghibli Museum Tickets

A new option being offered by Klook is a short tour which includes a guided 30 minute walk through Inokashira Park, and then entry to the Ghibli Museum to explore at your own pace (unguided).

Click here to book the Inokashira Park Walking Tour and Ghibli Museum Tour through Klook

 

KK Day Ticket Vouchers for the Studio Ghibli Museum

If you’re well organised and ready to pre-book tickets between the 1st day of the month at 10:00am and the 5th day of the month at 6:30pm in the month prior to when you want to visit (e.g. book in January for a February visit) my suggested option would be to pre-book a ticket through KK Day. The reason I recommend KK Day is that the tickets they offer are at a relatively small price premium.

Click here to book Ghibli Museum tickets through KK Day

 

Viator Ticket Vouchers for the Ghibli Museum

Viator have recently launched a ticket voucher only option at a price that is very competitive. You can also add on transfers to and from Studio Ghibli Museum but at a significantly higher cost.

Click here to book Ghibli Museum tickets through Viator

 

Get Your Guide Ticket Vouchers for the Ghibli Museum

Tickets through Get Your Guide are also worth considering in certain specific situations. Just like Voyagin, they offer considerable flexibility. You can pre-book through Get Your Guide up to one year ahead. You can also manage to secure relatively last-minute tickets until they are sold out but at a very steep price premium (almost double the price of pre-booked tickets). Finally, they offer a one-way transfer to the Ghibli Museum within the ticket price and an optional return trip.

Click here to book Ghibli Museum Tickets and transfer through Get Your Guide

 

The downside is that the price for tickets can be quite a bit higher than Voyagin depending on your group size and the number of children you have under the age of 12. For example, if you have 2 adults in your group and 2 or more children under the age of 12, Get Your Guide is better value than Voyagin. However, if you have only 1 or 2 adults in your group with no children, or your children are older than 12, Voyagin is generally better value until your group size gets very large.

Klook and Viator Day Tours (Tour and Ticket Vouchers to the Studio Ghibli Musem)

If you are prepared to go on a tour that takes about 7 hours this is an excellent option to get last minute tickets. There is a strong chance of getting tickets for the month ahead using this option.

Click here to book the Ghibli Museum Tour through Klook

 

While you will pay about US$120 for one ticket, this also includes lunch (no drinks), a short visit to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, departure from Keio Plaza Hotel (near Shinjuku Station) and drop-off near Shinjuku Station. Tours depart on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The same tour experience is available through Viator but at a significantly higher price (about US$165).

Click here to book the Ghibli Museum Tour through Viator

 

Ghibli Museum Calendar 2018

The Ghibli Museum is open Wednesday to Monday but is closed on most Tuesdays. It is however open on the following Tuesdays: 24 July, 14 August and 25 December. The Ghibli Museum will also be closed for maintenance from 5 November to 16 November and will be closed for a winter break from 28 December to 2 January 2019. Tickets for 30 September and 1 October 2018 are only available to residents of Mitaka City and other neighbouring cities.

Studio Ghibli Museum Hours and Specific Admission Times

Studio Ghibli Museum is open from 10am to 6pm. There are four official admission times. Official admission time for 10am tickets is 10:00-10:30. The official admission time for 12 pm tickets is 12:00-12:30, and the official admission time for 2 pm tickets is 14:00-14:30. Finally, the official admission time for 4 pm tickets is 16:00-16:30. You can stay until 6pm even if you enter at one of the earlier admission times.  It takes approximately 2 hours to see the museum.

Where is the Studio Ghibli Museum?

The Studio Ghibli Museum is in the western suburbs of Tokyo in Mataka City. It is located within Inokoshira Park which is well worth visiting. If you have the time I would recommend setting aside the better part of a day to explore the park, museum and the suburb of Kichijoji. If you exit at Kichijoji Station, the suburb has plenty of cafes, restaurants and fashion stores and there are many small interesting shops leading to the park. Wandering through Inokoshira Park is like being in a Ghibli film. The park has an abundance of green space and plenty of recreational and sight-seeing opportunities. Here are just of the activities you may wish to consider:

  • Visit the Benzaiten shrine which is a vivid red colour that looks particularly spectacular during Sakura season.
  • Admire the autumn colours and view the Spring Sakura blossoms thanks to the maple, cypress and cherry (Sakura) trees throughout the park. Many of the Sakura line the lake making for a spectacular sight in Spring.
  • Watch street performers and listen to people who regularly play music including instruments such as cellos and harps.
  • Hire paddle Swan boats or row boats
  • Have some food and a drink from one of the many food stands and cafes. Otherwise buy some provisions and have a picnic.
  • Spot the brightly coloured Koi.
  • Walk on the many trails throughout the park.
  • Wander through the petting zoo where you can play with small animals like guinea pigs and squirrels. This zoo is probably best for families with young children. There is also a small aquarium in the park.
  • Visit the Sunday craft market

How to get to the Ghibli Museum

The Ghibli Museum is easily accessible by train. Travelers coming from Shinjuku Station should take the Chuo Line and get off at either Kichijoji Station or Mitaka Station. The museum is about a 15-minute walk from both stations.

I would recommend getting off at Kichijoji Station as this is a much more interesting walk through Inokoshira Park. There are plenty of Ghibli-themed signs in Inokashira Park to direct you to the museum.

If you would prefer not to walk 15 minutes, the other option is to get off at Mitaka Station and use the Studio Ghibli bus to get to the museum. The bus journey takes about 5 minutes. The bus has a capacity of 36 people and can accommodate 2 wheelchairs. Adult fares are 210 Yen (US$1.85) for a one-way trip, or 320 Yen (US$2.83) for a round trip. Fares for children 12 and under are 110 Yen for a one-way trip or 160 Yen for a round trip.

How to Buy Ghibli Museum Tokyo Tickets in Japan

If you are already in Japan and are there for an extended period of time, try visiting a regular Lawson store (blue exterior) to purchase your Studio Ghibli tickets using their Loppi machine. This option would also work if you have a friend or contact living in Japan that can help you out. If you have already booked your hotel accommodation you could also ask the hotel concierge service to help you buy the tickets through a Lawson store (normally for a 5 to 10 percent surcharge).

The ticket prices are at cost and are available from the 10th of the month before, e.g. March tickets will be available from 10th February. You can buy tickets at any time during the day and can also be purchased after the 10th of each month, but tickets can sell out quickly. A certain amount of Japanese language familiarity would be useful or you may be able to ask someone who works in the store to help you. This link (under the How to Buy Tickets section part way down the page) provides helpful information on how to use Loppi to purchase Ghibli Museum tickets.

How to Buy Ghibli Museum Tickets Outside Japan

These options also work if you are in Japan but are the only options available to you when outside of Japan unless you are able to purchase your tickets through a Lawson store.

Ticket Vouchers for the Studio Ghibli Museum through Lawson Online

Starting from the 10th of the month at 10am Japan time, Ghibli Museum tickets become available for the following month using this link. You will need to have the following information ready (your credit card, email address, telephone number, country of origin, passport number and address while in Japan) before you start. You will be asked to select the desired entry month, desired date, entry time and number of tickets (up to 6 tickets per person). Tickets for the Studio Ghibli museum sell faster than concert tickets for any touring megastar (particularly for weekends and public holidays) but weekdays may be a little easier. My advice is to be flexible and have 2-3 days in mind that you can visit as well as different time slots so that if your preferred option is gone you have a back-up plan. Using this option, you may have difficulty accessing the site when it’s getting smashed with heaps of people trying to buy tickets at the same time, and I have heard of tickets being totally sold out in 30 minutes to an hour.

If you are successful in buying tickets through Lawson Online, your entry voucher will be barcode printed on your My Page at the URL listed in the email that arrives after you complete your booking. Make sure that the group leader (person with the passport used when purchasing) brings his or her passport, as it will be used to confirm the identity of the Group Leader when entering the Museum.

Purchase Ticket Vouchers through JTB Offices

JTB has 35 offices but Ghibli Museum ticket vouchers are only available through JTB offices in the following countries: Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand. Ticket vouchers are exchanged for entry tickets once at the museum.

Ticket vouchers become available on the 1st of each month for 3 months ahead. For example, tickets for April become available on 1st January. There are only 200 daily ticket vouchers available through all JTB offices and only 100 of these are for Europe, North America and Oceania so tickets through this option will also sell out quickly, particularly for the most popular days. It’s quite common for all JTB’s ticket allocation for a given month to have sold out before the end of the first day of availability. It’s also worth noting that some JTB offices such as JTB UK only offer tickets as part of a package (i.e. you are not able to purchase just Ghibli Museum tickets on their own).

Prices are set by the local JTB agency based on exchange rates and include an additional handling fee. Shipping is extra unless you can collect the tickets directly from the agency. For example, in Australia tickets are currently $30 for adults, $20 for youths (13-18), $18 for juniors (7-12), $10 for children (4-6) and $1 for infants (0-3). Shipping is AU$8 or AU$20 for a courier. You can only purchase a maximum of six tickets at a time.

Click here to purchase tickets through JTB Hong Kong. Click here for JTB Taiwan. Click here for JTB Korea. Click here for Europe, North America and Oceania.

Purchase Ticket Vouchers through KK Day

Pre-bookings through KK Day for advance purchase ticket vouchers will be accepted from 10am of the 1st of the month until 6:30pm of the 5th for entrance on the following month (i.e. book your ticket from 1st January to 5th January for admission between 1st February to 28th February). When booking you need to provide your passport number and full name as shown on the passport. Any information not provided during the booking must be provided by the 7th. You will be notified if you have been successful by the 15th. KK Day also has a general sale ticket option. Tickets for the following month are available to purchase from 10:00am on the 15th of every month and you will receive confirmation of your booking within 2 business days.

Only adult tickets vouchers are offered through KK Day with free admission for children aged 4 and under. The current price for ticket vouchers is from US$17.71 and the vouchers will only be shipped to hotels that are able to collect packages on your behalf. Click here to purchase tickets through KK Day.

Purchase Ticket Vouchers through Voyagin

Voyagin offers both a very flexible pre-order service and a valuable last-minute service. The ticket voucher prices are significantly more expensive than obtaining the tickets through Lawson, but the price is clear and does not change depending on the number of people in the party, and the chance of getting tickets is high. In order to pre-order you need to book before the pre-order deadline of 23:59 of the 8th of the previous month of the ticket date. Last minute tickets are for bookings after the pre-order deadline.

When booking you need to provide the full passport name of a representative of your group and alternate dates and times you can visit the museum. Ticket vouchers are only delivered to hotels with a concierge service, otherwise you will need to pick up the vouchers from Voyagin’s office in Shibuya. You will also need to collect the tickets from Voyagin’s office if you order the tickets with less than 3 full business days before your visit to the museum. Click here to book Ghibli Tickets through Voyagin.  Voyagin regularly offers coupon code discounts – click through to see what discount may be on offer.

Purchase Ticket Vouchers through Get Your Guide

Booking your ticket vouchers through Get Your Guide offers many of the same benefits as Voyagin with the additional benefit of a one-way transfer to Studio Ghibli Museum. Just like Voyagin you can pre-book your ticket vouchers a long way in advance. You can also pay extra for a round trip option. Get Your Guide also offers a form of last minute ticketing. The big issue with booking through Get Your Guide is the variable ticket pricing. Ticket vouchers for children aged 6-12 are US$14.12 per person and 4-5 year old ticket voucher prices are US$12.94 per person. An adult ticket voucher for one person is US$209.41 (and almost double this price for tickets the month ahead of when you book) but reduces significantly the more adults in the group. Do your sums to work out whether Get Your Guide is more economical than Voyagin ticket prices. Click here to book tickets and transfers through Get Your Guide.

Purchase Ticket Vouchers through Klook

Buying tickets through Klook and Viator offer an excellent chance of getting a ticket to Studio Ghibli Museum but it is bundled as part of a 7-hour tour which includes lunch (no drinks) and a visit to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. The tour departs on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. An adult ticket voucher through Klook is US$119.55 and a child ticket (aged 4-11) voucher is US$106.25. Children that are 3 and under are free if they don’t require a seat or lunch. Click here to book through Klook.

Purchase Ticket Vouchers through Viator

Viator also offers the same tour as Klook but at a higher price. Adult ticket vouchers are US$122.14 and child prices are US$108.83. Click here to book the Ghibli Museum Tour through Viator.

Viator have recently launched a more flexible ticket voucher option at a price that is very competitive with Voyagin. You can pre-order a ticket voucher until the 5th (23:59) of the previous month. The cost of the ticket voucher is US$53.51 which applies to all people aged 4 and above. As with other providers a full passport name must be provided at time of purchase. Tickets will be delivered to hotels that offer a concierge service. You can also add on transfers to and from Studio Ghibli Museum but at a significantly higher cost. Click here to book Ghibli Museum ticket vouchers through Viator.

How to Buy Studio Ghibli Museum Tickets for Tokyo, Japan
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