Tokyo / Day 2


The Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka, Tokyo is one of my favourite places in the world, so it was a no-brainer that I'd be returning there (for the third time!) when I came to Japan. Unluckily for me, I had scheduled my visit as Typhoon Phanfone was approaching Japan so was completely saturated by the time I arrived at the museum. 

Going to the museum can literally take months of preparation. You need to book your tickets for a specific day through a travel agent in your country, as foreigners can't buy tickets from within Japan. Once you've received your tickets, you cannot change the date allocated, so unfortunately for me it meant trudging through the incessant rain to get to the museum. It's about a 15 minute walk from Mitaka station, which itself is easily accessible by catching the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku station. The walk is usually very lovely, with little Totoro signs guiding your way. 

As always, it was an absolute delight being at the Ghibli museum. I'm a huge, huge fan of all their films (my favourites would probably be Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Kiki's Delivery Service) and they're all represented in this gorgeous museum. There is no photography allowed inside the museum, which is a wise decision considering how many people are visiting at any given time. You'd never get anywhere if people were taking photos throughout the exhibits!


The statue on the roof is a robot from Laputa: Castle In The Sky, which is very much at home in the greenery.

As we were leaving the rain had not eased up, so we caught the bus back to Mitaka station, then went straight back into central Tokyo.

If you've spent time overseas, you know what I mean when I say that you don't want to waste time hanging out at your hotel. Despite the ever increasing rain (and looming typhoon), Justin and I did a bit of shopping in Shibuya and had lunch at the holy grail of burgers - Mos Burger. Please, do yourself a favour and get one if you're in Japan, they are absolutely amazing.



At around 3pm we called in quits and went back to our hotel, feeling very soggy and sorry for ourselves. Our clothes and shoes were completely soaked through, so we threw on our pyjamas and dried out. 

Sadly the rain had still not let up at dinner time, so we virtually ran to a small Japanese restaurant in Shinjuku that I remembered going to on my last visit to Japan. 

Miso Tonkatsu, the perfect comfort food for this weather!

I feel like I was perpetually soggy today, not the most glamorous look in such a stunning city!