Japan's Studio Ghibli Park Soon To Open This November
The long-awaited opening of Japan's Studio Ghibli Park, which will bring the worlds of My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, and other Ghibli films to life, is finally scheduled this November.
The Studio Ghibli Park is a theme park that is currently under development in the city of Nagakute, Japan.
It will have rides based on movies made by Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio based in the Tokyo neighborhood of Koganei.
Goro Miyazaki, the animation head and landscape architect for Ghibli films, has roots in the Shinshu region, and he will be in charge of directing this one-of-a-kind park where the enchantment of Ghibli films comes to life.
Ghibli Park is in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park. You can get there by train in less than two hours of travel from Kyoto.
When it's successfully completed, the theme park will cover about 17.5 acres. You can imagine how big it is by thinking that one acre is equivalent to an average football field. So, this project is probably more than 17 football fields!
There are also two other open areas within the theme park, and they are called "Youth Hill" and "Dondoko Forest." In the year 2024, two additional regions, Witch Valley and Mononoke's Village, will become available to explore.
In the second location known as "Hill of Youth," you'll find a reproduction of the antique shop from the episode "Whisper of the Heart," as well as another scene from "The Cat Returns."
The third open area this November is Dondoko Forest, which features a realistic reconstruction of Satsuki and Mei's house from "My Neighbor Totoro" as well as a playground with a Totoro motif.
Beginning on the 10th of August, tickets will be available online for dates beginning on the 1st of November.
Because there will be no sales of tickets on the day of the event, reservations are needed.
If you want to go to more than one attraction, you'll have to buy separate tickets for each one.
"When the park opens on November 1, 2022, Ghibli Park will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and will open one hour earlier, at 9:00 on weekends and holidays. Ghibli Park will be closed every Tuesday," TDR explorer said.
The cost of renting Ghibli's large warehouse is the highest among the three options. During the week, the price of a ticket is 2,000 (or $15) for an adult and 1,000 (or $7.50) for a child.
This price increases to 2,500 (US$19) for adults on weekends and holidays, but it remains at 1,250 (US$9) for children.
Furthermore, the cost of tickets varies for adults and children, as well as depending on the day of the week and whether or not it is a weekend or holiday. Take a look at the following prices:
Ghibli's Great Warehouse Tickets
|For adults on weekdays||¥2,000 (~P830) or 15.02 USD|
|For kids on weekdays||¥1,000 (~P420) or 7.51 USD|
|For adults on weekends and holidays||¥2,500 (~P1,000) or 18.17 USD|
|For kids on weekends and holidays||¥1,250 (P~520) or 9.38 USD|
Youth Hill Tickets
|For Adults||¥1,000 (~P420) or 7.51 USD|
|For Kids||¥500 (~P210) or 3.75 USD|
Dondoko Forest ticket prices are also the same as with Youth Hill Tickets.
On weekdays, Ghibli Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on public holidays and weekends, it will open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 5 p.m.
On Tuesdays, unless a holiday falls on that day, the establishment is closed.
- Location: 1-4-4 Hakoshimizu, Nagano-shi, Nagano 380-0801
- Access: 12 minute walk from exit 3 at Zenkojishita Station on the Nagano line; From the Zenkoji exit of JR Nagano Station, take the bus and get off at Zenkoji Kita. The venue is 3 minute walk from there.
The following is what Goro Miyazaki, the director of the Ghibli Park and the eldest son of the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, had to say about the Ghibli Park.
At the press conference, director Goro Miyazaki welcomed the people who came to see the construction site for the first time. He also said
"There’s a fun area just for children. And you might not be able to see it from here. But we’ve renovated a former changing room into a special exhibition room. We’d recommend visitors to try and discover how to get there."
The Grand Warehouse at Studio Ghibli is a huge indoor city that used to be a heated swimming pool before it was changed.
The museum has an area of 9,600 m2, making it roughly three times as large as the Ghibli Museum Mitaka.
The home of Arrietty and her family from the 2010 film will be on display, as viewed through the eyes of the characters themselves, along with a large collection of plants.
There is a small version of the big flying ship from "Laputa: Castle in the Sky," as well as a copy of the famous sky garden from the movie. Both are 6 meters long (1986).
Also, the youngsters can have some free time in the "My Neighbor Totoro" universe thanks to the playroom.
At the Hill of Youth, there is a replica of the antique shop "Chikyu-ya," which can be found in "Whisper of the Heart," as well as a roundabout that can be found at the front door (1995).
Also, the cat's office from the 2002 movie "The Cat Returns" has been made into a cat-sized wooden building with one floor and miniature furniture and accessories.
The Dondoko Forest is based on the house where Satsuki and Mei live in My Neighbor Totoro. It shows how rural Japan looked during the Showa era (1926–1989).
Aichi Governor Omura said at the press conference that Ghibli Park will add a new wooden playground called "Dondoko-do" on the hill behind Satsuki and Mei's house.
The Aichi Tourism Bureau made this video, which gives an overview of the most popular places to visit in the Aichi prefecture.
It also features a brief scene from "My Neighbor Totoro," which takes place in Satsuki and Mei's home.
On their website, under the section "Measures against the new coronavirus infection," it says that Ghibli Park will operate with the safety of its customers and employees as its top priority.
They are taking many steps to fight infectious diseases and pay close attention to keeping infections from spreading.
They want you to understand and help them take the following precautions stated in their posted rules:
- Please comply with the mask-wearing, hand-washing, and alcohol-based disinfection procedures.
- Before entering indoor facilities in every area, temperatures will be taken.
- If you are not feeling well, please avoid visiting.
- At the time of temperature measurement, if your temperature is 37.5 degrees or higher, you will be denied access.
- If you suspect close contact with a person who has tested positive for the new coronavirus infection, or if a family member is suspected of being infected, please avoid visiting in advance.
- Customers without masks may be denied access.
- Depending on the level of congestion, we may restrict access to certain areas.
- If you are in a queue, we will instruct you to leave room between clients.
- There are no paper towels available, so please bring a handkerchief.
Ghibli Park's official websites posted their big announcement below that shook the Ghibli fans:
It all starts from this grand warehouse. Come discover all the secrets hidden in the world of Studio Ghibli. Ghibli Park is a park that represents the world of Studio Ghibli. With close consultation with the surrounding forest, it is being built on and within the grounds of Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park (Moricoro Park).
"There are no big attractions or rides in Ghibli Park. Take a stroll, feel the wind, and discover the wonders. "Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse," "Hill of Youth," and "Dondoko Forest" will be the first to open on November 1, 2022. Welcome to the great warehouse of Studio Ghibli’s secrets and iconic architectures you have seen in the films."
The theme park dedicated to the Ghibli studio will be built at Aichi Commemorative Park, which is situated in the middle of Japan close to Nagoya.
The park hosted the World's Fair in 2005, and Studio Ghibli was involved in the construction of a replica of the house that Satsuki and Mei lived in during the story of My Neighbor Totoro.
Studio Ghibli Park will be located in Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture—approximately one train hour east of Nagoya.
Numerous Ghibli lovers have already made the journey to Tokyo's Studio Ghibli museum. Others excitedly anticipate the imminent release of the Ghibli picture, How Do You Live? Fans will be ecstatic to hear that the Ghibli theme park will open to the public in the fall, bringing the films to life.
Miyazaki chose the name Ghibli from the Italian term ghibli (also used in English), derived from the Libyan Arabic word for scorching desert wind, with the intention that the company would "blow a new wind across the animation industry." It also refers to the Caproni Ca. 309, an Italian aircraft.
Later this year, there will be a new must-see location for fans of "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service," and other classics from the famed Studio Ghibli.
When it opens in Japan on November 1, Ghibli Park will be a dream come true for anyone who has ever watched one of the studio's beautiful and often magical animated movies and wished they could step into the worlds they create on the big screen.
However, you won't find a Catbus roller coaster, an "Avatar"-style experience on Kiki's broomstick, or a Ponyo Under the Sea ride at Ghibli Park.
Instead, the park's website encourages visitors to "take a stroll, feel the wind, and discover the delights." In anticipation of this momentous occasion, admission tickets can now be purchased online.
While waiting, the majority of the Studio Ghibli movies mentioned can be viewed on the Disney+ streaming platform. Additionally, you may follow the Ghibli Twitter account to see additional hints.