Twenty minutes from Tokyo, families can step into the magical world of Studio Ghibli
Far from the typical museum layout, the Ghibli’s design beckons children to explore on hands and knees, with terraces, bridges, and small spiral staircases throughout. Exhibits narrate the history of animation and then use storyboards and sketches to take you from a film’s genesis through to its finished product. In a studio replica, a zoetrope spins static characters into action. The museum’s theater plays an exclusive Studio Ghibli short for visitors and children under 12 can take part in an interactive exhibit that teams them up with animated Ghibli characters on a climbable, fuzzy cat-shaped bus.
Atop the museum is a whimsical rooftop garden with a statue of a Robot Soldier from the film “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” and the gift shop is a treasure trove of DVDs, books, toys, and puppets. A café serving both Japanese and Western-style dishes serves as the perfect place for an intermission.