Japan Adventures – Museums and Shrines

Today, we’re talking about the museums and shrines we visited. This includes Ghibli Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science and Meiji Shrine.

Ghibli Museum

I’m sure most of your guys know about Studio Ghibli. They’ve made a lot of well-known animations including My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and so much more. Getting tickets for this is actually very tricky. There’s three times you can come in during the day, and they only sell certain amounts. So you have to get these months in advance! It was a bit confusing to get to Mitaka, we took a combo of trains. From the station though, there is a bus that will take you straight to the museum. It’s hard to miss.

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We weren’t allowed to take photos of inside the museum, which was incredible! We got lots of background information on the films, including storyboards, concept art, models and heaps more! We also got to watch a short film that you can only see at the museum. The outside areas were free to photograph, and they all looked like they belong in Ghibli museums. The front entrance was very popular for a good reason. In the end, I bought an official Totoro stuffed toy from the gift shop.

One of my favourite exhibitions inside was the food one. They had lots of models of the actual food from the movies, and it all looked so real!! There was also a cafe in the museum, but it was really packed and we didn’t want to wait. They had a side stall that sold hotdogs and icecream which we stopped by at. Outside near the roof, they had a robot soldier from Laputa Castle in the Sky.

We all had such an amazing time at the museum. If you get the chance to go, even if you’re not a really big fan of Studio Ghibli, it’s an amazing place to see!

National Museum of Nature and Science

This museum is very close to Ueno Zoo so we visited right after. We didn’t stay too long though as I started getting really hungry as it was getting to 3pm and we hadn’t had lunch. Getting that out the way though, I really liked the museum! There were lots of exhibitions, all about  technology, science, animals, nature and everything.

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There was a special exhibition on about the human body which I was really wanting to see, but it cost extra and I was getting a bit hangry so we didn’t go. Always make sure to eat before visiting things people. My favourite thing we saw here though was definitely the dinosaur exhibition, where they had reconstructed heaps of skeletons!

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All in all, I do wish we had explored a little more of the museum. Especially the human body exhibition as it looked really cool!

Meiji Shrine

There are quite a lot of shrines and temples in Japan, but this is one of the most famous ones in Tokyo. It’s quite close to the Harajuku station, so we stopped by before visiting the Hedgehog Cafe.

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I really enjoyed the walk up to the shrine. There were lots of these big official entrances along the way. Despite the amount of people around, it was still a very peaceful walk.

I really liked seeing all the lanterns along the way. I’m sure that if you came before daylight, they’d look so cool all lit up. We also saw this little exhibition made out of rice paper. Each one had a unique design. The walk up to the main shrine took around 20 minutes, but it didn’t feel that long! It’s such a beautiful and serene space.

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Once at the shrine, we looked around for a bit. The architecture is definitely very interesting, but we didn’t stay too long. We were keen on getting to the hedgehog cafe if I’m honest. We had our priorities. I’m still really glad we stopped by though!

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Tomorrow, I’ll be talking about what we got up to in Kyoto and Osaka!

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Hello internet! My name is Angela. I write daily about my travels, life, thoughts, and ramblings. I live down in New Zealand with my lovely husband, Rory. Thanks for stopping by!
29 comments
  1. Japan is one of the places I’ve been dying to visit. I’d really love the visit the museum, sucks that pictures weren’t allowed but that means it’s extra special stuff inside! Great post!

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    1. We had such an amazing time there! I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface though, so I would love to go back again haha! The museum was incredible! We got a lot of behind the scenes knowledge on the films, as well as getting to see storyboards and models 😀

  2. I would love to visit Japan! It looks like you guys had a great time. Studio Ghibli looks amazing! The hedgehog cafe would also be a high priority for me! Haha

    1. Japan was amazing!! I would love to to back one day 😄 haha, the hedgehog cafe was definitely one of the top highlights! We made sure we were able to visit there 🤗

  3. We Love studio Ghibli! Japan is on our bucket list thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. Ghibli has so many amazing films! Japan is definitely an amazing place to visit, I hope you get to go someday 😄

      1. Yes! Love their body of work. And We will be visiting soon hopefully 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience.

  4. that yellow bus is so cool! you got some amazing pictures 🙌🏻 love that your fave exhibit was the food one! 😂

    1. The bus was pretty hard to miss haha! I love that they had it though as we didn’t know how to get from the station to the museum 😄
      The food exhibition was so amazing! They had real models of all the food feom the movies, it made me so hungry 😂

  5. Great pictures Angela! Thanks for sharing. Japan looked amazing. I would love to visit there one day.

    1. Thank you Cherylene! It is definitely an incredible place! I hope you get to visit one day 🤗

      1. I look forward to it.😊

  6. More gorgeous pics! I would love to visit the Ghibli museum (:

    1. I have so many more pictures I want to share as well haha! You would love the Ghibli museum! It was incredible 😄

  7. Ahh everything looks so lovely 😍

    1. Everything was haha! We saw so many new things 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing your experience, Angela, and those amazing photos!

    1. Thanks for reading Diana! I’m loving being able to share what we got up to in Japan!

  9. Japan is no joke the most awesome country in the whole world. They have everything you can ever dream of. Love the photos. xx

    1. It seriously is! I’m already really wanting to go back and explore it some more. I’m glad you’re loving the photos Azra! 🙂

  10. Wow they all look so cool!! I love going to museums when I travel to different places xx

    1. They were so much fun! I also love going to museums when I travel somewhere new. You always learn something 😀

      1. Yeah you definitely do xx

  11. Japan looks so cool, your pictures are amazing! I really would love to visit it one day too 🙌🏼 xx

    1. Thanks Jasmin, Japan really is incredible!! Such an amazing place to visit, I hope you get to go someday 😀

  12. Your photos make Japan look even more amazing than I already imagined!

    1. It was so incredible! Japan is an incredible place to visit 😀

  13. I loved reading this! Japan sounds so cool! And I loved your pictures of the shrine! So pretty! <3

    1. It really is! So much fascinating history and places to see 😄

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