Ghibli Park: Guide To The Japanese Theme Park That Represents The World Of Studio Ghibli

Official Studio Ghibli releases include My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle, among others.

Studio Ghibli, known for titles like Spirited Away—which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—is coming to life.

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The Japanese animation film studio will see its real-world counterpart by November 1 through “Ghibli Park.”

This dedicated theme park represents the world of Studio Ghibli, including its lineup of critically acclaimed films since 1985.

Developers are building Ghibli Park “with close consultation with the surrounding forest” 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,” the park’s website describes.

By November, the first phase of construction will include “Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse,” “Hill of Youth,” and “Dondoko Forest.”

The first location is an indoor facility storing all of the studio’s secrets. These include artifacts and exhibits from past Studio Ghibli movies. 

Meanwhile, the Hill of Youth has the antique shop from Whisper of the Heart, as Dondoko Forest has “Dondoko-do” waiting at the top.

Future locations also include the Valley of Witches and Mononoke Village.

Ghibli Park is located within Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park 1533-1 Ibaragabasama, Nagakute, Aichi. For more information visit Ghibli-Park.jp or Ghibli Park’s social media pages (@ghibliparkjp).

Banner Photo by Studio Ghibli via Ghibli Park’s website.

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