It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of Studio Ghibli or at least saw their mouthwatering animated food. The beloved Japanese animation film studio has a legendary status in the industry and is responsible for some of the most iconic and critically acclaimed animated features in cinema history, including Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. This is why it’s exciting to learn that their animations are coming to life.
Studio Ghibli announced on their social media that the first Studio Ghibli theme park is set to open its doors to visitors on November 1, 2022.
The park draws inspiration from memorable scenes from Studio Ghibli movies, and the idea is to focus on sightseeing instead of rides. Some of the content includes Mei and Satsuki’s house from My Neighbor Totoro, the dining area from Spirited Away, and a replica of Irontown from Princess Mononoke.
Studio Ghibli theme park will be located in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park, situated in the city of Nagakute. The area’s tourism bureau has already started with the promotion campaign by releasing a video that showcases some of the park’s scenery.
According to the official announcement, the theme park will consist out of five areas, each dedicated to a certain movie or common motifs in Studio Ghibli’s works. Three areas – Springtime of Life Hill, Ghibli Warehouse, and Dondoko Forest – will be available on an opening day.
The remaining two, Mononoke’s Village Area and Witches’ Valley Area, are still under construction and won’t be open to the public until 2023.