A Studio Ghibli Theme Park!
Studio Ghibli is a world-famous animation studio responsible for well-loved classics such as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.
Now, the latest endeavour of the studio is a theme-park based on the many Studio Ghibli films we love and cherish.
So, where will the park be located? Japan’s beautiful and nature-rich Aichi prefecture.
The park is set to open in the year 2022, four years from now.
It will be built on a 200-acre park where a nature world fair previously was. According to a statement from Aichi prefecture, the park will be divided into 5 areas based on different Ghibli themes.
This will allow us to enter into the worlds of our favourite Studio Ghibli movies!
Area 1: Adolescence Hill (translation)
This area will be at the entrance of the park and will be full of props from Howl’s Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart. It will be designed with a magical late 19th-century theme.
Area 2: The Ghibli Warehouse (translation)
Towards the centre of the park, we have the Ghibli Warehouse that will feature heated pools. The warehouse will also be full of Ghibli memorabilia and activities for the kids.
Area 3: Mononoke’s Area (translation)
To the north-east area of the park, they will have a beautiful area based on the Princess Mononoke animation. It will include several buildings and characters such as the legendary boars.
Area 4: The Witch’s Valley (translation)
Towards the east of the park will be the Witch’s Valley. It will have the castle from Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s house from Kiki’s Delivery Service
Area 5: Dondoko Forest (translation)
This area will be based on the house from My Neighbour Totoro.
“Dondoko” is from the scene in the movie where Satsuki and Mei dance with Totoro to help the seeds they planted grow faster.
A theme-park based on the amazing illustrations of Studio Ghibli that incorporates the beautiful nature of Japan just sounds fantastic to me.
But if you just can’t standing waiting for four long years, you could also try going to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo!
Click here for a link to the Studio Ghibli museum website.