The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan will be unveiling a new exhibition June 4th, “Nekobus kara Mita Fūkei-ten,” re-creating the famous backgrounds from Studio Ghibli Films. One of the re-creations is the NekoBus from Hayao Miyasaki’s My Neighbor Totoro!
A large plush catbus is already on display, but it is child-sized. Only children are allowed to enter and play in it. It is filled with lots of black “dust bunnies” or Makuro Kurosuke from the anime. The new exhibit will have an adult-sized Cat Bus! From the inside, visitors can see the re-creation of the natural landscape seen in My Neighbor Totoro.
You can then leave the Cat Bus and enter the second exhibit which will re-create the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart. The room also has the hat shop from Howl’s Moving Castle, the forest from Princess Mononoke and the restaurant scene from Spirited Away.
Museum hours are from 10am-6pm, while the Straw Hat Cafe hours are from 11am-7pm. It is closed on Tuesdays. You must buy a ticket from Lawson Ticket and are only available in Japan. Ticket availability is limited and there are no refunds. Entrance to the Ghibli Museum is strictly by advance purchase of a reserved ticket which specifies the appointed date and time of the reservation (10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm). It seems that the tickets are only valid until 30 minutes after your scheduled entry time. Ticket prices are as follows, Adults are 1000 Yen, Kids 13-18 are 700 Yen, 7-12 are 400 Yen, 4-6 are 100 Yen, and under 4 are free. One last thing, the exhibit goes through May 2012 according to Cinema Today.
Whew! Lots of rules to follow there! Once you get past the rules it should be lots of fun right? LOL!