I'll say right up front I hadn't heard of Studio Ghibli but knew some of their work. My daughter is an animation fan and was really keen to go. We fronted up on a warm Sept morning - a decent line out the front moved...More
This might depend where you ordered your tickets from. I'm going to assume it was possibly a tour company / booking agency etc? As if you ordered from the museum site directly, and ordered your ticket and your friends... More
This might depend where you ordered your tickets from. I'm going to assume it was possibly a tour company / booking agency etc? As if you ordered from the museum site directly, and ordered your ticket and your friends ticket together on the same order, then they won't be individually named, there would be just a "group leader" that you had to designate. (Will say the group leader name near the top of the booking confirmation email). That way the named group leader on the confirmation is the one who will need to show the passport, and anyone else can go in with them using the other ticket that was booked on the same order. If the group leader isn't there themselves, or is there but doesn't have their passport and print out of the booking page with the barcode on (under My Page on the site), then neither person will be able to gain access. If you ordered from them but you ordered your friends ticket separately to yours, under their name, where they are listed as a group leader for their ticket. Then your other friend won't be able to use that ticket by taking your friends passport. As the passport is used to identify the person named group leader on the ticket, so unless your two friends look virtually identical in appearance, then it won't be accepted. (of course you could try your luck incase they are feeling very lenient for some reason, but they would be fully entitled to refuse entry to that person) If you ordered the tickets via a third party company, travel agency / tour company etc, then you would be best to check with them. They might be able to transfer the name on it. Or if the company was the official authorised provider of Ghibli Museum tickets in your country, then their booking procedure may not require a group leader like a direct ticket would, so it might work differently. As an absolute worst case scenario if you will be in Japan in advance of going to the Ghibli Museum then your friend could purchase a ticket from a machine in a Lawson, though you will have to navigate the menus in Japanese. If not then as I say your friend could try their luck, but generally in Japan the official rules are stuck to, so if your friend did that then make sure they're prepared to kill time while you enjoy the inside of the museum lol.