Studio Ghibli Is Building A Real-Life Howl's Moving Castle

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The already cool-sounding Studio Ghibli theme park now sounds even better. Aichi Prefecture, where it will be located, revealed that a real-life Howl’s Moving Castle will also be built on the grounds.

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Sadly the castle won’t move and will be smaller than the one in the movie. However, as Tokyo Shimbun notes, it will be as tall as a four-to-five-story building. Above is concept art of the structure, which will be located in the park’s Witch Valley area. (I’m assuming the finished version will be painted.)

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As previously announced, there will also be a Princess Mononoke Village. Finally, we get a look at the concept art to get an idea of what to expect.

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The park will be divided into different areas. Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse is filled with all sorts of Ghibli stuff; Dondoko Forest is Totoro-themed; Princess Mononoke Village is self-explanatory; Springtime of Life Hill has attractions modeled after The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart; Witch Valley features Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle attractions.

The theme park will open in fall 2022. Princess Mononoke Village and Witch Valley will open a year later.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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If they built the bath house from Spirited Away in there, I’d probably never leave