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by Minty14 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:24 am

Knoyleo wrote:Oh no, I'm in Tokyo in 2 weeks and assumed I'd be able to just get tickets to the Ghibli museum when I'm there. Have I strawberry floated it?

I went through Viator when I went and got them pretty close to the time: https://www.viator.com/tours/Kanto/to-P ... 4-27666P29

Looks like there are a few available if you want to give it a try. This looks like a different tour provider to the one I used, so I can't personally vouch for this one.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Knoyleo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:28 am

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Knoyleo wrote:Oh no, I'm in Tokyo in 2 weeks and assumed I'd be able to just get tickets to the Ghibli museum when I'm there. Have I strawberry floated it?

I went through Viator when I went and got them pretty close to the time: https://www.viator.com/tours/Kanto/to-P ... 4-27666P29

Looks like there are a few available if you want to give it a try. This looks like a different tour provider to the one I used, so I can't personally vouch for this one.

The earliest tickets I can see on there look like November. :(

Is booking this far ahead common for most tourist things in Japan? I hope not. :dread:

Maybe one day, I'll learn to plan my holidays in advance. I did exactly this in New York, not realising you had to book ahead to visit most of the big attractions. I think I've been spoiled by London where you seem to be able to do just about anything by just turning up on the day.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Minty14 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:38 am

Whoops, I should have looked closer. The Ghibli Museum is a bit of a special case when it comes to booking in advance. I made the same assumption that you'd be able to get tickets anytime like most attractions, but luckily managed to grab the last ticket for the only day available during my visit.

In general, I don't think you need to worry about booking in advance unless it's for sports events, concerts etc. For example, I also went to Disney Sea and was able to get a ticket from the Disney Store for the next day with no problem.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Skarjo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:58 am

Knoyleo wrote:Oh no, I'm in Tokyo in 2 weeks and assumed I'd be able to just get tickets to the Ghibli museum when I'm there. Have I strawberry floated it?


Yea, sorry man. They go on sale for at the beginning of the previous month and are sold out within minutes.

:(

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Skarjo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:01 am

But yea the Ghibli museum seems to be the exception rather than the rule. I kept getting caught out by it because this is the first year I've even thought about it far enough in advance to actually stand a chance.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Yoshimi » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:21 am

Skarjo wrote:
Yoshimi wrote:
Skarjo wrote:Whew!

Got a ticket.

:datass:

Damn they ain't kidding when they say that gooseberry fool sells out fast as strawberry float. A month in advance too.


We'll done Skarjo. When are you going? I'm booked for thu 17th.


Friday the 10th. You gonna be in Tokyo then?


Afraid not. We're in Seoul from 11-15, Tokyo 15-22, then back to Seoul 22-26.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Yoshimi » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:22 am

Knoyleo wrote:Oh no, I'm in Tokyo in 2 weeks and assumed I'd be able to just get tickets to the Ghibli museum when I'm there. Have I strawberry floated it?


Knoyleo, there are very limited tickets left for October. Last entry of the day. Get in quick! https://l-tike.com/st1/ghibli-en/sitetop


EDIT: Sorry, just re-read your post and realised you're going in 2 weeks. I think you're out of luck for those dates.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Knoyleo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:08 am

Skarjo wrote:
Knoyleo wrote:Oh no, I'm in Tokyo in 2 weeks and assumed I'd be able to just get tickets to the Ghibli museum when I'm there. Have I strawberry floated it?


Yea, sorry man. They go on sale for at the beginning of the previous month and are sold out within minutes.

:(

Same as the sumo, then. Tickets for that went on sale the morning I was getting married. :lol:

Good to hear it's the exception rather than the rule, though.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Parksey » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:49 pm

I don't think everyone is like that in Japan, but the Ghibli Museum is definitely not a solitary exception.

The Japanese really like to travel.within their own country, so if it's peak season, then it's not just going to be full of foreign tourists. If it's a public holiday or a seasonal event (like the cherry blossom viewings) then it get crazy busy. I find accomodation sells out a lot more in advance than in other countries, if it's something the Japanese are also going to want to be visiting.

For most stuff in Tokyo, you're probably going to be fine on the day. Though there could still be decent queues.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Knoyleo » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:43 pm

Parksey wrote:I don't think everyone is like that in Japan, but the Ghibli Museum is definitely not a solitary exception.

The Japanese really like to travel.within their own country, so if it's peak season, then it's not just going to be full of foreign tourists. If it's a public holiday or a seasonal event (like the cherry blossom viewings) then it get crazy busy. I find accomodation sells out a lot more in advance than in other countries, if it's something the Japanese are also going to want to be visiting.

For most stuff in Tokyo, you're probably going to be fine on the day. Though there could still be decent queues.

I'm there for the rugby World Cup, so I know it's going to be busy, and yeah, accommodation is not cheap. I'm just hoping that a lot of the crowds there for the rugby won't be super keen to go and see the bonsai museum, or Daigo Fukuryū Maru Exhibition Hall.

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PostRe: Trip to Japan
by Lotus » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 pm

Had some annual leave to burn so I've booked myself 10 days in Tokyo in November. :datass:

I was there for about 6 days last time I went, before moving onto other places, so I'm looking forward to seeing what I couldn't get to see before and just chill out a bit too. Surprisingly I managed to get some cheap, direct flights as well, so that was a bonus. :toot:


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