Studio Ghibli Places in Japan You MUST Visit
If you have an interest in the Studio Ghibli anime films by Hayao Miyazaki, then you probably have an interest in Japan and vice versa! Many of these films are based in Japan which can, therefore, spark many peoples desire to visit Japan! But did you know there are TONS of Studio Ghibli places in Japan dedicated to the films?! For example, the Studio Ghibli Museum, Studio Ghibli Cafes and even REAL LIFE Studio Ghibli places! If you want to find out more, make sure to check out our list of the BEST 8 Places in Japan that are Studio Ghibli themed!
1. Satsuki and Mei’s House, Aichi
To start off our list of Studio Ghibli Places in Japan, It’s Satsuki and Mei’s house. If you love Studio Ghibli, them I’m sure you have watched the super famous film called ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ which follows the two main characters Satsuki and Mei. A big part of My neighbor Totoro is the house that they live in together with their father! They are constantly playing in the garden and throughout the house whilst their father works in his very messy office.
You can now visit the house in REAL LIFE! The house was constructed to be an EXACT replica of the film with massive attention to detail! All the rooms are the exact same, as well as the garden and items inside the house!! You can enter all the rooms and explore as much as you want, searching through the house for hidden items.
To visit the house you must buy tickets in advance at a lawson confine (Using the loppi machine). Your ticket will give you a dedicated time that your tour will start at and you will get 30 minutes to explore the house as much as you want! The ticket prices are only 510yen, meaning it is a super cheap and fun activity for Studio Ghibli fans in Japan!
Yazako, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1103
10:00AM – 16:00PM
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2. Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory, Tokyo
You’ve probably seen these ADORABLE Totoro cream puffs all over instagram and wondered where to get your hands on them! Well, I’m here to tell you!! Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory in Tokyo is the cafe that came up with this concept and homemakes these cream puffs daily! There are tons of different flavors including Strawberry, Custard, Chocolate and many seasonal flavors as well! Each cream puff costs 400yen and the cafe sells many other foods as well!
As you can see from this picture, the outside of the cafe is truly magical as well! It honesty looks like it’s straight out of a Studio Ghibli film…you wouldn’t believe that this is in the middle of Tokyo. This is honestly such a great cafe to go to to grab some tasty treats and relax in the quiet wooded surroundings!
5 Chome-3-1 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033
10:30AM – 19:00PM (CLOSED TUESDAYS)
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3. Studio Ghibli Museum, Tokyo
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Studio Ghibli museum already as it’s one of the most popular Studio Ghibli themed places in Tokyo ever! But I just HAVE to put it on this list as it truly is AMAZING! You’re not aloud to take pictures inside the museum so I’ll keep it a surprise, but basically it’s full of amazing decorations and exhibitions ALL Ghibli related! This is also a great spot for those who are bring children to Japan as there are tons of fun activities to do inside the museum!
Tickets must be bought in advance on the official website, the MONTH BEFORE you plan on going (you cannot book anymore in advance than that). Weekend tickets sell out fast so if you’re looking to go on a weekend or at a popular time make sure to get a ticket as soon as they come out! Tickets cost 1000 yen.
TIP: If you happen to be studying abroad/living in Japan and you reside in the Mitaka area, tickets can be bought at your local Shiyakusho. Make sure to take your residence card with you!
1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013
10:00AM – 18:00PM. (CLOSED TUESDAYS)
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4. Studio Ghibli Store, Tokyo
There are many Studio Ghibli shops all over Japan and especially Tokyo, including Ikebukuro, Odaiba and SkyTree… but one of the most easily accessible ones is located underground in Tokyo Station! These Studio Ghibli shops are called Donguri and they sell all the Studio Ghibli merchandise your heart desires! from plushies, to stationary, to food this shop has it all!
One of the places the shop is located underground Tokyo station, alongside a row of shops which has been given the name’ Tokyo Character street due to the sheer amount of character stores a long it. Including Studio Ghibli! This is somewhere you HAVE to go to if you’re looking for Studio Ghibli souvenirs in Tokyo!
〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1 東京 駅 一 番 街
10:30AM – 20:30PM daily.
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5. Kiki’s Bakery, Oita
This is honestly one of the sweetest and most wholesome bakeries i’ve ever seen in my life…and better yet it is Studio Ghibli themed! Located in a village in Oita, that has been built to look like the English cotswolds, this bakery is themed around the very popular Studio Ghibli film ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. The bakery sells tons of homemade goods such as cakes, pastries and bread…all of which are super delicious!
The inside of the bakery is just as quaint and cute with all the tasty treats on display! The cafe is also very reasonably priced with post items being under 500yen! So if you’re a Studio Ghibli fan and you’re in southern Japan, make sure to stop off here, you won’t be disappointed!
1503-3 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita 879-5102
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6. Tomonoura, Hiroshima
If you’re thinking this fishing port looks familiar, that’s because it inspired the landscape of one of the places of the popular Studio Ghibli film ‘Ponyo’. The town itself is one of the most picturesque and calm towns in Japan and it’s a great place to go and relax whilst feeling like you’re inside the Ponyo film!
The landscape looks very similar to that of the anime and there is even the famous cliff that is featured in the anime! If you’re wanting to travel around places in Japan other than Tokyo, make sure to make Tomonoura and stop on your list!
Tomocho, Fukuyama, Hiroshima 720-0201
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7. Motomachi Shopping District, Yokohama
If you’ve seen The Cat Returns, a popular Studio Ghibli movie, then you’re probably thinking that this picture looks quite familiar. That’s because that movie was set in the streets of Motomachi shopping district which is located in Yokohama. This is one of the less known Studio Ghibli places in Japan but it is still somewhere you HAVE to go to! The town itself is VERY distinctive and almost looks like you’re in Europe, which is what the film seems like too! This is a super fun place to go to a recreate some scenes from the movie!
Yokohama is somewhere I’d highly recommend traveling to if you’re in Japan anyway so if you’re going there, make sure you stop off at this amazing town to make you feel like you’re in the Ghibli film!
1 Chome-8 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0861
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8. Baby King Kitchen, Tokyo
Although Baby King Kitchen is an independent restaurant in Tokyo that sells a variety of food, they have recently come out with there brand new Studio Ghibli menu!! The menu includes tons of dishes that have been inspired by the films. There are items like the Kiki’s Delivery Service themed cake, Soot Sprite meatballs and much more! If you’re looking for a reasonably priced lunch in Tokyo that is Studio Ghibli themed…you have to check out this super cute cafe in Tokyo!
〒166-0002 Tokyo, Suginami City, Koenjikita, 3 Chome−2−15
11:30AM – 21:30PM
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