In under a month, the first Ghibli Park will open in Japan – and tickets are on sale already! Here’s all the public information you need to prepare for the first visit to the world of animated movies by Studio Ghibli.
This Ghibli Park Is Truly Unique
That’s right – Japan is welcoming more than one new entertainment facility in the coming years. Apart from the Harry Potter universe, tourists and residents will be able to see the first ever Ghibli Park with their own eyes! Set to open on November 1, the park will be located inside the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city near Nagoya. To reach it, visitors will have to take a three-hour train from Tokyo. The theme park will include five areas: Hill of Youth, Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, Mononoke’s Village, Valley of Witches, and Dondoko Forest, Studio Ghibli announced. It stated that the attractions won’t disrupt the park’s nature, with attractions blending into the greenery.
The Hill of Youth doubles as an entrance to the park, with the observation tower being the main gate and holding a ton of 19th-century objects from different Ghibli films, including Laputa: Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle. Fans of Whisper of the Heart will see an orange building that resembles the antique shop from the movie, along with the Cat Bureau from The Cat Returns. An old swimming pool became Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, hiding attractions from rain and snow. There are an exhibition room, a children’s playground, shops, and restaurants in the warehouse. In addition to the small cinema, it will also hold the Laputa: Castle in the Sky garden recreation. There’s also the 6.3-meter recreation of the airship.
Tickets And Pricing
The Ghibli park includes Mononoke’s Village, too. Fans can cheer with excitement: a real-life recreation of Tatara-ba, the Irontown from Princess Mononoke is awaiting their visit. Moreover, the tatari gami, or the god of destruction, as well as the boar god Lord Okkoto and other creatures are placed all over the village. The Valley of Witches, on the other hand, is based on Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, combining the two charming universes in a perfect blend. Kiki’s home is joined by restaurants, parks, chill zones, and Kiki’s bakery. Howl’s Moving Castle got recreated, too, with cannons and eyeballs moving just like in the movie. Of course, My Neighbor Totoro was acknowledged in the Ghibli park – the Dondoko Forest has Satsuki and Mei’s house. Tourists will be to take a picture with a wooden Totoro-shaped statue.
Sadly, the park is not finished yet. While the first portion of the Ghibli Park should showcase The Hill of Youth, Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, and the Dondoko Forest on November 1 this year, the rest of the attractions are scheduled to be finished in autumn 2023. The grand reveal of the Valley of Witches, too, has been pushed back to March 2024. Starting August 10, the tickets have been available for online purchase. Although there’s no entrance fee, every attraction has its price. An adult ticket for the Ghibli’s Large Warehouse, for example, costs ¥2,000 ($15) and the kid’s is ¥1,000 ($7.50).
But if you want to feel like a part of the Ghibli universe, this is your chance – no annoying character costumes, music, and rides, just a pure Ghibli park experience.