The Ghibli Museum is situated among the trees and greenery in Inokashira Park, just like a real-life scene from its own movies. The building was designed by Ghibli mastermind, Hayao Miyazaki, with no expense spared to create the rounded fairytale abode. Spot Totoro peeking out from the paned window as you head inside and exchange your reserved ticket for a collectible negative still from a movie.

Every tiny detail is considered, from the flowery ceiling paintings to the door knobs, each adding to that real-life Ghibli experience. The museum has no set path, so guests are free to wander around as they please. They can peer into alcoves, check out a replication of the Ghibli studio or browse books selected by Miyazaki himself. Kids under 12 can even jump into the My Neighbor Totoro movie by riding on the huge plush cat bus.

The museum features annually changing exhibitions along with its many permanent exhibits. There’s also a beautifully designed movie theater showing exclusive Ghibli movies. While no pictures are allowed inside the museum, you can take them in the garden.

Note: The museum is very popular and tickets can’t be purchased on site. Make sure to book far in advance and remember the time on your ticket. Latecomers may not be able to gain entrance.