Studio Ghibli Theme Park Is Finally Opening in November 2022

Studio Ghibli Theme Park Is Opening in November 2022: Here’s What to Expect!

We’re ready to see dreamy attractions inspired by their iconic films!

Hear ye, hear ye, Ghibli fans! We’ve got exciting news for you. This year might have been off to a bumpy start, but the legendary Studio Ghibli just released an announcement that’s giving us something to look forward to.

The highly anticipated Studio Ghibli theme park is slated to open on 1 Nov 2022. It’s currently finishing construction at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in the city of Nagakute, which is about a three-hour train ride from Tokyo. If this Japan attraction sounds familiar, that’s because it’s also the site of the popular recreation of the red-roofed house from My Neighbor Totoro. Speaking of which… 

What we know so far about Studio Ghibli’s theme park

Aerial shot of the Ghibli theme park opening near Nagano

The upcoming Ghibli amusement park will have five themed areas, all based on iconic films from the Japanese animation studio. The first one is inspired by My Neighbor Totoro, which should be ready by the opening day later this year. 

Studio Ghibli theme park

Satsuki and Mei’s house was built on the site of the Aichi World Expo 2005.

By 2023, two more sections will be welcoming guests: one based on Princess Mononoke, and another that’s a combination of Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle. Meanwhile, the final two sections are eyeing a March 2024 launch. Although, we have yet to hear which Ghibli works will serve as their inspo. 

While there will certainly be amazing rides, there won’t be any large-scale rollercoasters, according to Japanese news outlets. This Studio Ghibli theme park will focus on nature trails instead. What’s more — Hayao Mizaki, aka the animation studio’s co-founder, has reportedly made it imperative that no trees be cut down. 

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What exciting attractions to expect

Along with the official opening date, Studio Ghibli released sneak peeks of the attractions under construction via Twitter

Studio Ghibli theme park

According to Entertainment Weekly, the indoor zone called the Grand Warehouse is partially inspired by Spirited Away. It will feature exhibition spaces, dining spots, a theatre, and even antique shops similar to those in Whisper of the Heart. 

Studio Ghibli theme park

The My Neighbor Totoro-themed area will feature a wooden Totoro-shaped statue (called Dondoko-do) approximately five feet tall. Visitors will find it right behind Satsuki and Mei’s house. 

There will also be a Princess Mononoke-inspired village that brings the film’s characters, creatures, and settings to life. 

Studio Ghibli theme park

A section called Valley of the Witches will be based on Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle. What’s more, a gigantic replica of the titular castle is also in the works, according to a tweet from Aichi Prefecture governor, Hideaki Ōmura

Aichi’s tourism board also released a promotional short film to further up the hype! Click here to watch. 

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As of now, there is still no information on tickets — including prices and selling dates. Stay tuned for further updates on the Studio Ghibli theme park!

Other upcoming anime-based attractions coming to the Land of the Rising Sun this year include the Pokemon and Donkey Kong theme parks at Universal Studios Japan

All images credited to Studio Ghibli.

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A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.