Shirohige’s Cream Puff Shop is famous for their Totoro-shaped choux creams. They have various flavours for their choux creams such as custard and cream, strawberry cream, peach cream, maron and maron (chestnuts) cream, chocolate cream, caramel banana cream, and matcha cream. Totoro’s hats and head accessories sets the labels for the flavours.
Address: 3-21-21 Takaidohigashi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: 10:30am-7:30pm (Close Mondays)
Darwin Room – Where you can find a real otter, zebra, butterflies among many other animals preserved. They also have a small cafe area where you can dine.
Address: 5-31-8 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0032
Business hours: 12:00n-8:00pm
Ghibli Museum by Hayao Miyakazaki is described as a portal to your own story book. And as the main character of your own story, Ghibli Museum ask you to experience it with your senses and not through a camera’s viewfinder. That’s a perfect reason why it is not allowed to take photos inside!
Here are 10 things you might want to know about the magical place:
1. Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki designed the museum himself. ヽ(^。^)丿
2. Photography and video recording are not allowed inside the Museum, for maximum visual experience. Get lost and be inspired. Use the “no-photo taking” rule as a positive sign to immerse yourself in the world of wonder. There are lots of things you can spot if you just open your eyes. Try finding these things: the faucets that are shaped as Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service), Makkuro-kurosuke (wandering soots) that are locked through a porthole, stained glass Totoro, a fresco painting at the ceiling, among many others!
3. Aside from the Museum, there are many other Studio Ghibli-related features in the area that one can explore: a cafe (Straw Hat Cafe) where in you could get Ghibli characters collectible flags depending on your order or luck, a rooftop garden where the five-meter-tall Robot Soldier (Laputa Castle in The Sky) is located, a whimsical souvenir shop called Mamma Auto, based from Porco Rosso, and the reading room called “TRI HAWKS”, a pun intended for Mitaka meaning Mi (Three/Tri) and Taka (Hawk/s). Books personally recommended by Hayao Miyazaki himself could be found here.
4. At the top of the Central Hall, you’ll be able to see Totoro’s nekobus (cat bus) playroom. Unfortunately, only children below 12 are allowed to play.