We woke up early today, and we are excited as today is one of the highlights of our tokyo trip. Yep, Studio Ghibli museum. Studio ghibli is the japanese animation film studio responsible for Princess Mononoke, spirited away, howl's moving castle, cat returns etc. And they have a museum in Tokyo, Mitaka. We took the metro subway to hatchobori and changed to the tokyo line. From tokyo, we took the chu-o line （中央腺） to Mitaka. Along the stations, we took pictures of some vending machines, one was selling glico snacks and the other was 120 yen assorted drinks... which i bought arnd 5 bottles for the entire tokyo trip.
We reached the Mitaka City at last. Quite a big place with some shopping centres nearby the station. But we didn't had time to roam much. We noticed a zen priest outside the station,pretty cool. :)
We then proceeded to take a Ghibli museum shuttle bus near the station. Many people were queuing up already! And it was a friday! People there queuing were locals,taiwanese and koreans as we observed.We took out the tickets that we bought yesterday at a convinience store called Lawsons. We paid the one way trip which was 200 yen and boarded the bus like excited school children on a field trip.
10 minute later, we were here at last. After seeing much pictures on website, we have seen the real thing now. We took some pictures inside the museum...although we are not allowed to... but they turned out blurry so i didn't upload em. So most of the pictures were outside of the museum. We saw a 20 min short animation clip in the theatre inside about a lost dog. And looked at some cool animation exhibits. n one of the exhibits, there's a very cool zoetrope (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoetrope
After shopping at the merchandise souvenirs shop and spending a few ks. We head out of ghibli museum,leaving fond memories. Will bring my kids here next time hehe :) Out of ghibli museum was a mitaka park, pretty big but to be on schedule, we can't do much exploring. We walked back to the mitaka station following the signs along the way, took us 15 min. Seen much things arnd the city. Like japanese houses etc.
NAKANO - Sun Mall and Broadway
We proceed to take the chu-o line again down 3 stops to Nakano. Nakano station had a shopping centre nearby called Sun Mall, heaps of shops and restaurants. We walked tru Sun mall to another shopping centre called Nakano Broadway. There were 4 levels of shops in Nakano Broadway dedicated to shops selling anime goods and cosplay costumes, gashapon toys,anime models, film posters, used cds and comic books, small eateries etc. The last pic was some rare stones from a shop...one cost 99999 yen ($1520 sg dollars)...We spent arnd 3 hrs plus there as there were much to see.
At 8.30pm when the shops starts to close, we went to a eating place called Katsuya, where katsu meals are served mainly (pork cutlets). I tried the katsu with cheese inside and rice with miso soap. Arnd 830 yen for the set meal. For some wierd reasons, photos were missing here. I did remember we took pictures of the food we ordered... oh well, ill put it up when i find em >.<
After our dinner, we went along the alleys outside sun mall, where there were several japanese style restaurants. One even had fresh seafood displayed out. Btw Im pointing at a poster of Aya Ueto, a famous actress. After that we head back to the hotel as we had to get up early tomorrow for TGS.