Following the temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of Japan's most beloved tourist attractions is offering short virtual tours on YouTube.
The Ghibli Museum is located in Mitaka, a thriving suburb 20 minutes west of central Tokyo by train. The museum is dedicated to recreating the animated words of Studio Ghibli, and also to the artistic process of the studio itself.
Studio Ghibli's films, which include Hayao Miyazaki's “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Mysteriously Disappeared” are popular with audiences worldwide. Every year the museum attracts thousands of visitors and admission is limited. Only a certain number of people can enter each day and tickets must be reserved months in advance.
The museum is closed from February 25. After broadcasting free-to-use funds for web meetings to help those who must now work from home, Ghibli Studios released videos of short tours of the Ghibli Museum.
The five videos with the tours begin with the exterior of the museum and then continue to various rooms and exhibitions.
The room “Where a film is born” shows “inspiration for what will happen from the blank paper on the desk to become the origin of a film.”
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All five videos can be found on Studio Ghibli's official YouTube channel.
YouTuber CocoTak published a somewhat longer tour of the Ghibli Museum, which includes the journey from Mitaka Station:
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