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Studio Ghibli’s official amusement park to open in November 2022

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On May 31, 2017, Studio Ghibli officially announced working on a project of opening an official Ghibli theme park 🎡 in the beginning of 2020. The chosen site to recreate My Neighbor Totoro’s atmosphere is Morikoro Park, in Nagoya’s suburb. The place already displays Mei and Satsuki’s house, built for 2005 Aichi’s International Exhibition.

It is the first step for a park dedicated to immersion into Studio Ghibli’s universe, especially in famous filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s works. There will be not roller coasters but rather recreations of the studio’s movies settings.

Ghibli Museum in Tokyo will naturally continue to operate.

🌿 A park divided into 5 universes

In 2018, Aichi prefecture announced details on the park. It will spread on a 7,1 hectares area (of the 200 of the Universal Expo’s site) and open on November 1, 2022. Construction work started on July 28, 2020, with no foreseeable delay due to the Coronavirus 🦠. Ghibli Park will be divided into five areas:

In Japanese Transcription Meaning Surface Description
ジブリの大倉庫エリア Ghibli Dai Sôko Area Ghibli Grand Warehouse 4,200m² An area with a playground for children, a 170 seats theater, cafés and shops, a part of which were partly inspired from Spirited Away.
どんどこ森エリア Dondoko Mori Area Dondoko Forest 20,000m² Area including the house of My Neighbor Totoro, already built, inspired from countryside landscapes of Showa era (1926-1989)
青春の丘エリア Seishun no Oka Area Hill of Youth 7,500m² Area inspired from Whisper of the Heart, with a tower remodeled in a 19th century steampunk style and a reconstitution of Chikyuya boutique and the office of The Cat Returns, as well as attractions from Laputa: Castle 🏯 in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle.
もののけの里エリア Mononoke no Sato Area Mononoke’s Village 5,400m² Area with the reconstitution of Tatara forge and Emishi Village, and a space for resting.
魔女の谷エリア Majo no Tani Area Valley of Witches 27,000m² Area inspired from Howl's Moving Castle (which will be recreated), Kiki's Delivery Service (reconstruction of Okino residence and its garden) and Earwig and the Witch (with a 956m² red brick restaurant).

The two last areas are expected to open a little bit later: at the end of March 2024 (construction works have started in 2021).

The estimated construction cost is ¥34 billion (~252.5 million dollars), of which ¥3 billion (~22.3 million dollars) were spent on design and mapping.

An official presentation video was released, but with very few hints regarding the actual park:

The zoning choices reflect the will to accommodate children in the best way possible, as families are the main target of this amusement park. Therefore, there is NO attraction based on:

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (whose copyrights are not owned by Ghibli as a matter of fact);
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind;
  • Grave of the Fireflies;
  • Pom Poko;
  • Porco Rosso;
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea;
  • The Secret World of Arrietty;
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya;
  • From Up on Poppy Hill;
  • The Wind Rises.

Moreover, movies directed by Isao Takahata (1935-2018) are not featured in the park.

Ghibli Park Nagoya, Large Warehouse Area Illustration 2

🎨 Hayao Miyazaki in charge of the design

At the end of 2018, it was announced that the design of the park will be created by Studio Ghibli and the park itself will be built by the firm Nihon Sekkei for an estimated amount of ¥284,439,600 (~2.1 million dollars). It is a sure fact that Hayao Miyazaki will have a say in the overall look of the park.

On May 31, 2019, two years after the announcement of the park’s creation, Aichi prefecture’s governor Hideaki Omura published on his Twitter account Ghibli Park’s official logo (front picture). It represents the name "Ghibli Park" ジブリパーク in katakana drawn by:

  • Hayao Miyazaki (filmmaker and co-founder of the studio) for the first word ジブリ Ghibli; and,
  • Toshio Suzuki (producer and president of the studio at the time) for the last characters パーク Park.

The katakana's design reminds of nature and forest undergrowth, with a reference to the cute soot gremlins, the susuwatari.

On a side note, the park’s communication is totally made by Aichi prefecture, and not by Studio Ghibli, whose official website barely mentions the project.

Cross-sections and sketches of the five areas were disclosed (see our photo gallery). Those last elements confirm Miyazaki’s implication in designing the general ambiance of the park. Colorful constructions in eclectic architectural styles are surrounded by nature and the nearby forest. A design true to Studio Ghibli’s universe that will please fans without a doubt.

Ghibli Park Nagoya, Mononoke Village Illustration 2

💴 Admission fee and booking

Ghibli Park’s admission fee were set at an affordable price compared to its rivals Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Osaka.

In the same manner as for Ghibli Museum, advance booking is required, and tickets are not purchasable on site. Reservation will be possible from August 2022 for November’s opening. Buying tickets from overseas is likely to be very complicated or next to impossible unless a Japan-specialized travel agency is involved.

Each area has its own admission fee:

  • Ghibli Grand Warehouse:
    • On a weekday: ¥2,000 (~US$14.85)
    • On the weekend and holidays: ¥2,500 (~US$18.57)
  • Dondoko Forest: ¥1,000 (~US$7.43)
  • Hill of Youth: ¥1,000 (~US$7.43)

Children’s admission fee (4 to 12 years old) is half the price. It is free for children up to 3 years old.

The park is open from 10 a.m. on a weekday and from 9 a.m. on the weekend. Closing hour is 5 p.m.

Ghibli Park is expecting to receive 1 million visitors in 2022 then 1,8 million per year once the five areas are completed. After completion of the park, a revenue of ¥48 billion (~356.5 million dollars) is expected annually.

Updated on May 02, 2022 - Ghibli Park