I don’t know about you, but I’ve grown up on Ghibli movies. From “Graves of the fireflies”, “Laputa, Castle in the Sky”, “My Neighbour Totoro”, to “Spirited Away”, “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “Arrietty”, and many more! I loved the animation, the impactful background soundtrack and touching storylines.
So if Ghibli also holds an important position in your life, scream at the top of your lungs now! Because a Ghibli theme park, located in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park, is opening this year in Japan.
The Ghibli Park isn’t like any other theme park full of adrenaline and rides. But a life-size recreation of the most extraordinary Ghibli animations. You can run through the tunnel from “Spirited Away”, View the whole area on the top of the hill from “Howl’s moving castle” and follow Totoro into the deep forest.
Starting from November 1st 2022, submerge yourself into the world of Ghibli, where three out of the five areas will open first and the rest is yet to be confirmed.
Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse
Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse is designed to be available for any weather conditions; this vast indoor area contains shops, play areas, exhibition areas, cafés, and a “Spirited Away” inspired food street!
Hill of Youth
This area is inspired by the animation “Howl’s Moving Castle”, in which a giant steampunk elevator is accessible for guests to ride and view the site from high. Alongside the elevator are buildings inspired by “Whisper of the heart”. Let’s hope we don’t turn into cats afterwards.
Using Mei and Satsuki’s house as the centrepiece, this “My Neighbour Totoro” inspired area restored the atmosphere of the Japanese Showa Era. There are also rumours about a 5m tall Totora placed in the forest!
Valley of Witches
The opening of the Valley of Witches is yet to be confirmed, but apparently, this area is a combination of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Howl’s Movie Castle”. Expect to witness a life-size replica of the castle, the recreation of Sophie’s hat shop and the bakery that Kiki stayed at in the animation.
Lastly, as the name speaks for itself, this area is designed to be the village of Princess Mononoke, where large sculptures of the movie’s spirits and creatures are homed.
Here’s a breathtaking short film that features the Ghibli Park: