Studio Ghibli’s Theme Park Opens November 1 in Japan


On November 1, a theme park based on the work of legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli will open in Nagakute, Japan. official Twitter account announced. Plans for the park, which should not be confused with the existing Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, were initially announced in 2017.

Ghibli Park will be located on the site of the 2005 World’s Fair in the city of Nagakute, approximately 145 kilometers east of Kyoto and 150 miles west of Tokyo. A recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house from My neighbor Totoro was already built on this site for the fair, but the new park will expand this with new attractions based on other Ghibli films.

The Ghibli Twitter account has shared photos of the attractions under construction. There are antique shops modeled after those in Whisper of the heartas well as a warehouse with exhibition spaces and a theater. France24 notes that other areas will be inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and Kiki’s delivery service.

Studio Ghibli’s theme park opening comes just over a year after another iconic Japanese brand, Nintendo, opened its own theme park at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Between the two of them, I find it hard not to fantasize about taking a trip of my own when international vacations one day become a less stressful prospect.

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