I visited Ghibli Museum in this past spring and I realized how popular this site is for overseas travellers. It is not very difficult to access this museum. But some of you worry about language, direction, storage and exact location to catch a bus to the museum. In this post, I use lots of picture to explain about access by train and bus.
Access to Mitaka station by JR Chuo line Rapid train and Chuo-Sobu Local train
The nearest station to Ghibli Museum is Mitaka. You can get Mitaka by JR Chuo Line Rapid train or Sobu-Chuo Line local train. Both train run almost same route and regular commute train. Train runs every 5 minutes or even less than 5 minutes. Chuo Line Rapid departs from Tokyo and skip several stations. But Sobu-Chuo Local runs between Mitaka ana Chiba. This train does not go to Tokyo and stops all stations on this route. So if you get Mitaka from Tokyo or Shinjuku, you can catch Chuo Line Rapid easily and faster.
Tokyo – Mitaka 30 minutes (by Chuo Line Rapid)
Shinjuku – Mitaka 18 minutes (by Chuo Line Rapid), 21 minutes (by Chuo-Sobu Local)
Mitaka station is not a huge terminal station, like Tokyo and Shinjuku. There are only three platforms and six tracks. Please see the map at JR East official English site.
If you take Rapid, you will arrive at track #3 or #4. If you take Local, you will arrive track #1. There are two ticket gates, main gate and small gate that is connected to shopping complex, “atre vie”. You can proceed to main ticket gate.
Once you get off Mitaka station, proceed to South exit.
After you exit the station building, turn left and go down to the ground level. You will see the bus stop for Ghibli Museum is located soon.
How to pay a fare
There are vending machine at the bus stop.
There are lots of Ghibli character on the bus. You can’t miss the bus.
There are several bus stop between Mitaka station and museum. Don’t worry. Almost 100% passengers go to the museum. You can’t miss to get off.
Most of you go to the museum as day trip. But some of you may go there with your baggage. I had a small suitcase. But it was very hard to find coin operated locker at Mitaka station. There are some coin lockers at the south exit. But all lockers were full. I moved to North exit and found several lockers were empty. Fortunately my suitcase is very small and could put it into the locker. But there is no large size locker. Don’t take a big suitcase.
There are lots of coin operated locker in the museum.
But those are standard size. But you can’t store a suitcase either.