Are you feeling tired after six power-days exploring Tokyo, trying to take in as much as possible? I’d expect so. Does the vast amount of things to do finally get thinner to finally enjoy some peace and quiet? Well, in a way.
Planning our itinerary and juggling spots even after three month of doing so, I find nine days aren’t enough.
Two full weeks would have been nice.
We would have had two additional days, if we had booked our flight earlier, getting the Friday flight for cheaper. But alas, we waited a week because there was some more organizing to do and by the next Monday the price rose, making it 150€ more expensive, reaching its usual price tag. I had prompted for the special offer. So, we opted for the Sunday flight, which was still cheaper.
At least there’ll still be plenty left for a second visit.
However! Sunday, our seventh day of our itinerary, was actually called “Ghibli & Chill”. I don’t know how chill it is anymore, but at least for once I’ve calculated in lots of time to spare. I hope.
After a yummy breakfast, we will be on our way to – you guessed it – Ghibli Museum. It’s a bit far out, taking about an hour by train. At this point we haven’t made our ticket reservation, since the earliest we can book is in January.
A recommendation beforehand: Booking through Voyagin is not advised, since they take a horrendous fee. The museum ticket itself only costs 1.000 Yen, booking via Voyagin will cost you 6.500 Yen. That’s about 60 Euros/Dollars.
One advised way to get tickets is via a travel agency. It still costs a fee, but it won’t be as much. In Germany, it will cost 18€ per ticket.
Or you could buy your tickets online via Lawson Ticket. These tickets go on sale from the tenth of each month for the following month.
If you’re staying in Japan for longer you could get your tickets via a Loppi machine at Lawson’s.
Since you’re not allowed to take pictures inside the museum, it’s hard to imagine what’s awaiting you there. I’m hoping for lots of “awwww” moments.
I feel like I should have a Ghibli movie marathon beforehand, or at least watch or re-watch most of them. You know, to get in the mood.
I read in an article about off the beaten track neighbourhoods about Koenji, funnily, shortly after I already put it in our itinerary. Why, you may wonder. Actually, there’s an episode of Hiro no Sento-Sake in which the protagonist visits Koenjifor an acquisition, but ends up having a bath at Kosugi-yu. For a while I thought about actually visiting that bathhouse too. When I still had some peace and quiet moments in mind.
The actual reason, why I really wanted to go there however was the restaurant, the protagonists went after. It’s a Korean-style grill close by. It’s called Shokudo Kaburi Koenji Apache. Or maybe just Kaburi for short. You have your own little grill at your seat and you order from a variety of meats. I really have to try some wagyu. It looked so delicious in the episode and it’s located perfectly between Ghibli Museum and Tokyo Centre. I had to take that opportunity.
While we’re at it, we get to explore the neighbourhood a bit more. Win-win!
So we’ll have plenty of time to go around Nakano Broadway, check out Namco and maybe stroll around the blocks.