Ghibli Museum

20 minute walk from Mitaka Station
Advance reservations are required
Admission: 1000 yen
The Ghibli Museum is home to all of the favorite characters of Studio Ghibli's films such as "My Neighbor Totoro", "Princess Monoke", and "Spirited Away". The museum features special animation exhibits and exclusive short films.

Suginami Animation Museum

25 minute walk from Ogikubo Station
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
Admission: Free
This museum is located in Suginami City Ward, the heart of Japanese animation. It features hands-on activities such as a dubbing booth and a digital workshop where you can bring your own creations to life.

Toei Animation Museum

15 minute walk from Oizumi Gakuen Station along the Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays, New Year holidays
Admission: Free
The Toei Animation Museum consists of a single, spacious exhibition room with a small number of displays. Toei is a leading producer of anime series and movies, including animated versions of popular manga such as Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon.


Meguro Parasite Museum

15 minute walk from Meguro Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and New Year holidays
Admission: Free
The Parasite Museum is not for the squeamish but it is definitely interesting. The only museum of its kind in the world, it has a large collection of bugs, worms, and other animals that have been collected from other animals' bodies.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Museum

10 minute walk from Yurakucho Station
9:30 to 17:00, free admission
Closed: Mondays, December 28 to January 4
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Museum shows the history of the Tokyo police and the equipment and technology that they use. There are also a few vehicles on display including a motorcycle and a helicopter.

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