Ghibli Museum Cracks Down on Ticket Scalping and Resales with Pre-Entry ID Checks
If you are an anime fan, specifically fan of Studio Ghibli’s work, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan is a definitely a must visit. The museum has a theater that screens Studio Ghibli short films that can’t be seen anywhere else, cameos of Ghibli characters, and of course tons of Ghibli merchandise.
However, when going to the museum, you will need to follow some very strict rules. For instance, photography is strictly prohibited inside the facility, to prevent overcrowding, tickets are limited per day, which also are divided into four different entry times, unless stated other wise. You also have to buy the ticket in advance.
As soon as tickets are available, they sell out very quickly. But, not everyone who buys these tickets attend the museum. They sell the tickets off for money. Ghibli Museum tickets are always in high demand and many will do anything to get their hands on them, even if that means to pay a higher price for them on online auction sites.
When the management found out about this, of course they took action. Starting this July, the Ghibli Museum will be asking visitors to show some form of ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, at the gate to verify the purchase of the ticket(s). If the ticket and ID do not match, the ticket holder will not be able to enter.
In addition, the museum will be selling a portion of its tickets for July and August, the Japanese summer vacation period, through prepurchase lottery system, which employed last year. For those wishing to visit in July, lottery applications can be made between 10 a.m. on May 25 and 11:59 p.m. May 31. Winners will be informed by email on June 9, one day before the general reservations are opened and given the option to purchase up to six tickets. For August, applications will be accepted between June 25 and 30, with winners contacted on July 9. You can apply by clicking here.