Did you know that you cannot buy tickets at the gate of the Ghibli museum? So I’m going to show you how to buy Ghibli Museum tickets in advance and even sold-out tickets.
How much is a Ghibli Museum ticket?
The ticket price for the Ghibli Museum is only ¥1,000 (or US$ 9) each. However, tickets must be purchased in advance. If you failed so, you can get a last-minute ticket or a next-day ticket from an authorized travel agency in Japan.
So in this article, I’ll show you:
- How to get the Ghibli museum tickets at its original price.
- How to get last-minute tickets (if you missed booking the original price).
- How to get next-day or “sold-out” tickets.
Let’s dive in!
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How to get ticket at its original price,
Two (2) ways:
- Lawson’s website.
- Lawson’s LOPPI machine.
This is the recommended way of buying Ghibli tickets in advance for visitors overseas.
The caveat: Tickets on Lawson’s website only go on sale every 10th of each month at 10 a.m. (Japan time; GMT +9) and it will sell out quickly during the day.
So, you need to be on your computer at EXACTLY 10 a.m. and be quick to book those tickets.
What you need during the booking process:
- Credit card – They only accept credit cards as a payment method.
- Intended address in Japan – This could be your hotel.
- 4-character password – You must write this down to login to print your tickets.
- Passport number
- Phone number and email
You can buy up to 6 tickets in one booking occasion.
What I noticed while I was navigating the website: The 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. admission times sell out very quickly. By noon that day, tickets on the website were all sold out! This is why you need to book your tickets as soon as the tickets go on sale on the website. If you’ve booked successfully, a confirmation will be sent to your email.
Inside that email is the link to login to Lawson’s website.
You will need to enter the email address, the exact phone number, and 4-character password you entered during the booking process. So be sure to write all that info down at the time of booking. Upon logging in, you will be redirected to a screen with your ticket that has a barcode.
You must print this ticket. The staff will scan it at the museum entrance and your ticket will be exchanged for an official ticket. The official ticket has a real 35mm film print framers from Ghibli films that were used in theaters.
2. Lawson’s Loppi Machine
If you’re already in Japan, this is another recommended option.
Lawson is a convenience store that you can find on nearly every corner of Japan. There are some Lawson stores that don’t have Loppi Machines.
Usually, these are special Lawson stores like Natural Lawson (maroon signs) and Lawson 100 (green signs).
So you need to find a regular Lawson store, which has a blue exterior.
One thing to remember when buying tickets from a Lawson Loppi Machine is that it doesn’t have to be purchased on the 10th of the month.
You can buy it at any time or day and the earliest dates that will be available to you is the month after (i.e. Tickets for May will be available on Loppi Machines in April).
How to get last-minute tickets, if you missed booking the original price
Only 1 travel agency is authorized to sell last-minute tickets for the Ghibli museum.
Voyagin sells 3 ticket options and these are the ticket descriptions from Voyagin:
Last Minute Tickets: Choose this option if ordering tickets after the preorder deadline. We request that you include up to 3 alternative date/time slots for your visit when placing your booking so that we can quickly secure your tickets.
Ghibli Ticket Guarantee: Choose this option before the preorder deadline to have one of our Ticket Concierges personally handle your order as a top priority, virtually ensuring your tickets. Only 10 orders per month, not available on weekends.
The price also includes ticket delivery to your hotel in Japan. Because the tickets are non-refundable make sure to read the FINE PRINT before booking.
Even more discount if you use their Summer Sale coupon codes:
- Get US $10 OFF of US $150 minimum spend: TRAVELSUMMER10
- Get US $25 OFF of US $300 minimum spend: TRAVELSUMMER25
- Get US $40 OFF of US $450 minimum spend: TRAVELSUMMER40
- Coupon is valid until September 1, 2019.
How to get a next-day or a “sold-out” ticket
4. JAPANiCAN, GetYourGuide, or Veltra
You can book from either JAPANiCAN, GetYourGuide, or Veltra. However, the price is ¥13,500 per person. But it’s a guaranteed way to experience the Studio Ghibli Museum. And before you think it’s expensive, the price includes:
- Bus transportation with an English-speaking tour guide.
- Lunch buffet at Hotel Gajoen in Tokyo.
- A side tour of Edo Tokyo Open Air Museum (or Jindai-ji Temple or Takahata Fudoson Temple if visiting on a Monday).
- Followed by a visit to the Ghibli Museum.
The tour guide though will not go with you to the Ghibli Museum. So you are free to explore the museum by yourself.
Reviews from tourists who have availed this package swear by being a unique way to experience Tokyo with Ghibli Museum as a side trip.
Other Ways To Buy Ghibli Museum Tickets Not Mentioned
5. JTB Office Overseas (¥1,000)
JTB is the largest travel agency in Japan. And they have offices in over 35 countries. But not all of them sell tickets to Studio Ghibli Museum.
People in the following countries are in luck: Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand. As JTB in these countries sells tickets to the Studio Ghibli museum. All you have to do is visit your country’s respective JTB website through this link.
An important reminder though:
- JTB releases ONLY 200 tickets per day for all overseas offices. This means that they too sell out quite quickly.
- Tickets must be purchased every 1st of the month up to 3 months prior to your Ghibli Museum visit (i.e. Tickets for March go on sale on December 1st).
All you have to do is visit the website of your respective JTB office to book. If you’re living in a country not listed, check if there’s a JTB in your country by typing this keyword on Google: JTB [your country] Ghibli Museum ticket. Without brackets.
If you are getting negative results, you just have to stick with booking your ticket through Lawson’s website or other options mentioned above.
6. Hotel Concierge (Ask your hotel for the price)
If you’re staying at a hotel (sorry Airbnb users), contact your hotel concierge and ask if they can buy your tickets in advance and they will usually buy it for you. Many hotels in Japan have done this favor for their customers while they have not arrived in Japan yet.
They get the tickets from a Lawson Loppi Machine. But they’ll charge 5-10% fee for the service. It’s still cheaper than buying tickets last minute.
7. Ask a friend who lives in Japan
If you have a friend who lives in Japan, ask that friend to buy the Studio Ghibli ticket for you from Loppi Machine. The ticket price is only 1,000 yen, which is the original price of the Studio Ghibli Museum ticket.
I have done this as a favor for a friend who was visiting Japan. I bought the ticket a month before his visit. All I needed was his full name and his desired date and time of visit.
Final Verdict and Recommendation
In summary, the best way is to book your tickets through Lawson’s website to get the original price. Visit the Lawson website and book at EXACTLY 10 a.m. on the 10th of the month.
If you missed it, Voyagin is your next option for the last-minute ticket. You just have to deal with the price. And if you feel like visiting Ghibli museum, say, tomorrow. Then the tour package with a side trip to Edo-Tokyo Museum and lunch buffet through Veltra and JAPANiCAN is your last resort.
Tips For Visiting Studio Ghibli Museum
1. Choose a time slot with the least number of people.
The entrance to the museum is time controlled. Meaning that you need to pick a specific time to enter the museum during the booking process (10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., or 4 p.m.). And 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. have always the least amount of people.
2. Visit the museum on a weekday.
In addition, avoid non-working Japanese holidays. It can become really packed especially during a holiday weekend. And exploring the entire museum with that much people also slows everything down.
3. Arrive on time.
They are very strict on this rule. So if you’ve missed your time slot, you’re not allowed to get in and tickets cannot be refunded. The good news is that, as long as you make it inside on time, you can enjoy the museum for as long as you want up until closing time.
4. Take note of the museum’s closing dates and maintenance dates.
The booking system will block these dates automatically during the booking process. This just serves as your guide when planning your Tokyo trip overall.
5. Respect the museum rules.
Absolutely no photography inside the museum.
Studio Ghibli Museum stated that they want you to:
“Experience the Museum space with your own eyes and senses, instead of through a camera’s viewfinder.”
Below are some important museum rules:
- No eating or drinking.
- Admission to the Saturn Theater is limited to one screening per person.
- No smoking on the premise.
- No re-entry to the museum.
6. Watch 1 or 2 Studio Ghibli films before you visit.
This is just to create a compelling sense of familiarity with Studio Ghibli films.
Did I miss anything? Please leave your comment below if you have any questions!