Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
A museum produced by Hayao Miyazaki, the director from Studio Ghibli. The world of Ghibli’s cinematic animations spreads out through the whole museum complex. Illustrations, paints and materials fill the studio-style exhibition rooms. There is also a screening room which shows original short films.
*Entrance to the Ghibli Museum is strictly by advance purchase of a reserved ticket (an admission voucher). Before you visit, please see the website of Ghibli Museum, Mitaka for more information.
15-minute walk from Kichijoji Station, or a short ride on the shuttle bus bound for Chofu from the south exit of Kichijoji Station (2 to 5 minute intervals). Get off at the "Mansukebashi" stop.
Tokyo Opera City
This cultural facility has everything from the world-class Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with the finest acoustic characteristics ever achieved, to art galleries and other museums. Within the same building you can enjoy the offerings of about 50 restaurants and shops, art, gourmet specialty goods, and more.
Connected directly with Hatsudai Station
Tama Zoological Park
The most popular attractions are the petting zoo with guinea pigs, an Insectarium with magnificent butterflies and other creatures, and the Lion Bus through the African Garden, a habitat populated by massive and powerful animals. Also famous is the "Sky Walk," a 150-meter strip of cable used as an aerial walkway by the orangutan denizens of the zoo (one of the longest skywalks in the world). The animals here are kept under the conditions close to their natural habitats.
Next to Tama-dobutsukoen Station
Takao Trick Art Museum
An art museum specializing in sensory illusions to provide the "pleasure of being deceived." Put aside your preconceptions of art museums and enjoy flashes of disparity between reality and illusion.
Families and friends are free to take photographs and even make noise.
1-minute walk from Takaosanguchi Station