Studio Ghibli Getting Its Own Theme Park In Japan

[Image: Expo 2005]
[Image: Expo 2005]

“Ghibli Park,” a Studio Ghibli theme park, is slated to open outside Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

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According to Chunichi Web, the park is set in the world of My Neighbor Totoro and will allow visitors to enjoy flowers and trees during each of the four seasons. Don’t expect rides per se, but rather, a place to enjoy nature and Totoro. That sounds very Ghibli!

[Image: Chunichi Web]
[Image: Chunichi Web]
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Ghibli Park will be located on a 200 hectare plot of land on which the 2005 World’s Fair was held near Nagoya, Japan. As Kotaku previously reported, Satsuki and Mei’s house was recreated for that expo.

Illustrator Martin Hsu previously visited the house and said that while there are rules about photography, visitors are allowed to touch everything in the house.

[Image: Travelogue]
[Image: Travelogue]
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[Image: Martin Hsu]
[Image: Martin Hsu]

Writes Hsu, “This includes opening up all drawers, boxes, lids, doors, windows, hidden doors, clothes, shoes...you get the idea.”

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[Image: Official Site]
[Image: Official Site]

The goal is for Ghibli Park to open in early 2020.


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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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papigiulio
Papigiulio

So it will be similar to Ghibli Museum near Tokyo then, if it has no rides.

Probably has a 2 month waiting time as well. Why Nagoya? Lego land also moved to Nagoya. Land in Kansai must be too expensive I guess.