One of the most exciting parts of any fandom is seeing its worlds and characters transformed into an immersive theme park. And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching a Studio Ghibli film, rejoice! There’s now a theme park celebrating the iconic Japanese animation studio.
Studio Ghibli is known for making some of the best and most gorgeous animation films of all time, including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Likewise, the park is all about maintaining the ethereal aesthetics of Hayao Miyazaki’s animation style, and there are no rides.
It’s set to open on November 1, 2022, in the Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute, Japan. In fact, the Aichi Tourism Bureau is so excited about the addition that it made this wonderful teaser promotional video about the park, entitled “Play along with the Wind. Aichi, home of the Ghibli Park:”
The park will feature three main areas: Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, Dondoki Forest, and Hill of Youth. The Grand Warehouse attraction is particularly exciting, as it plays host to a ton of cool exhibits and artifacts from the Ghibli universe. As you walk around and explore the park, you’ll see a variety of familiar wonders and exhibitions. Dondoki Forest features Cat Bus, Satsuki and Mei’s house, and a giant Totoro, all from My Neighbor Totoro. Likewise, in the Hill of Youth, you’ll get to see the World Emporium antique shop from Whisper of the Heart.
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You may not want to rush to the park the first day it opens, however; more construction is expected to begin in 2023 for two additional attractions: Valley of Witches, featuring elements from Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Mononoke Village, which will feature creatures (kodama!) and more from Princess Mononoke.
If you can’t wait until November to get your Studio Ghibli fix, don’t worry—you can watch dozens of Ghibli films right now on HBO Max. A bunch of the most popular movies are there, along with things like a documentary on Hayao Miyazaki.