Connect Deeper with yourfavorite Anime Characters
The Ghibli Museum (Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Bijutsukan) is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao’s Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli has produced many feature length films such as “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Princess Mononoke”, “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”.
Located in Mitaka, the museum is a must-see for fans of the films. The building of the museum was designed in the very distinct style of the studio’s films. It presents many of their famous characters are there, including a life-sized robot from “Castle in the Sky” in the rooftop garden.
The first floor of the museum exhibits the history and techniques of animation, complete with sketchbooks and has as a small theater which shows short movies by Studio Ghibli that are exclusive to the museum so you can enjoy the museum several times. The second floor houses special temporary exhibitions. The museum also has a cafe, children’s play area, a rooftop garden and a gift shop.
Kanaguya is a traditional ryokan in Shibu Onsen (Nagano Prefecture). This more than 250 years old building inspired the final look of Spirited Away, especially its bathhouse. There are a total of 9 baths in the Inn. Five of them are private (you can enter and lock the door and have it all to yourself). The four other baths are shared baths, called rotenburo (same gender only). Kanaguya’s hot spring water comes from 4 different sources. If you liked Spirited Away, contact us so we can plan your trip to Japan including Kanaguya.
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Years after years we have selected the best specialists about Japan. They have at least lived a minimum of 10 years in the country. They are here to answer all your questions and to make your tour just the way you want it.
Jeff was born in a south suburb of Chicago named South Holland and lived in Japan for 14 years. He now lives in Commerce Township, Michigan with his wife Yoshimi, son Shota, and daughter Mina. He enjoys playing with his kids, volunteering with his daughter’s marching band, cycling and training & teaching Aikido.
Michiyo was born in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture though currently lives in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. Her main passions in life is traveling all around the world and enjoying their cultures.
Noriko was born in Nagoya. During her childhood she moved around Japan following her father’s office transfer. She especially liked her time in Shizuoka, facing Mt Fuji. She now lives in Minoo (in the suburb of Osaka). Noriko graduated from Hiroshima university. She’s been to Malaysia, Thailand and Europe (Germany and Bulgaria). Her hobbies are hiking, reading and surfing.
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