Studio Ghibli Theme Park Tickets
Studio Ghibli Theme Park is expected to open in 2022.
- Slip into a Ghibli universe as you walk through the gates of Studio Ghibli Theme Park.
- Discover elements from popular movies like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
- Follow Totoro deep into the jungle by embarking on walking tours in the lush Dondoko Forest.
- See life-size replicas of Howl’s Moving Castle and the Okino home from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
- In addition to exhibition galleries and cinemas, visitors can also enjoy themed play areas
- Entry to Studio Ghibli Theme Park
- Access to five themed zones
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what to expect
what to expect
What is Studio Ghibli Theme Park?
Studio Ghibli is a cultural sensation in Japan, known for classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. The animation studio is the brainchild of world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki, whose movies have served as a glorious gateway to the world of anime. The studio now aims to enter the world of theme parks, featuring attractions that will strongly reflect elements of movies previously released by the studio.
Why Visit Studio Ghibli Theme Park?
Studio Ghibli Theme Park will work to bring Miyazaki’s painted visions to life. Situated on a 200-hectare plot of land in the Aichi Expo Memorial Park, the theme park aims to recreate the sprawling pastoral setting of Ghibli films, featuring nature trails lined with statues of spiders, boars, and other Ghibli characters. It is, moreover, an eco-friendly park, focusing on construction without destruction. What makes the park stand out is probably its absence of roller coasters and huge rides often found in other amusement parks. There will be rides, but the focus will lie on immersing visitors in the world of Studio Ghibli.
Studio Ghibli Theme Park Features and Attractions
The park is split into five different worlds, each based on one or more Studio Ghibli titles.
Youth Hill Area
Themed after Howl’s Moving Castle, the Springtime of Life Hill will feature a steampunk elevator that will grant the guests a view of the whole land. Situated around the entrance of the park, this area will contain lots of 19th century-inspired accents, including a full-sized replica of the Chikyuya antique shop from Whisper of the Heart.
Ghibli Large Warehouse Area
This area will be home to a fusion of Western and Japanese-style buildings. It will also feature an indoor attraction that will house an exhibition room, a 170-seat theater, a children’s play area, shops, cafes, and a dining area inspired by the mysterious town from Spirited Away.
Dondoko Forest Area
This area is named after “Dondoko Odori,” a dance performed by Satsuki, Mei, and Totoro in My Neighbor Totoro. It will be fashioned around the piece of land that already features a realistic replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house (built for the 2005 World Expo). The idea is to use the lush and rural landscape to reflect the Showa period (1926 – 1989). Planned paths in the forest and walking tours will be arranged here.
Mononoke’s Village Area
Dedicated to Princess Mononoke, this area will be based on Irontown (Tatara), the setting for the film. With the aim to transport visitors to the Muromachi period It will also be home to sculptures of spirit demon Tatari Gami, Okkoto (Boar God), and other mysterious creatures from the movie.
Witch’s Valley Area
Inspired by the wastelands of Howl’s Moving Castle and the beautiful Karikiya home from Kiki’s Delivery Service, this area will include restaurants, rest areas, and recreational spots.
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How to Get to Studio Ghibli Theme Park
- Location: Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture in Japan
Get Directions to Studio Ghibli Theme Park
By Train: Via the Linimo magnetic levitation train at the Expo Memorial Park Station.
By Bus: Via Meitetsu bus at the Aichikyūhaku-kinen-kōen Station bus stop. The park is a minute away from the bus stop.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
- Wear a mask at all times in the park.
- Temperature checks will be taken at the entrance gate.
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently during your visit.
- Avoid crowding and maintain a good distance between yourself and others.
How Much Will Studio Ghibli Theme Park Tickets Cost?
Ticket prices are yet to be revealed, but the absence of many rides in the park makes it reasonable to assume that it will not be expensive. For instance, tickets to Ghibli Museum in Mitaka cost ¥1,000 per person, and the My Neighbor Totoro exhibit “Satsuki and Mei’s House” costs ¥520 for adults and ¥250 for children.
Things to Do Near Studio Ghibli Theme Park
Aichi Expo Earth Memorial Park
Aichi Expo Memorial Museum
Visit the Aichi Expo Memorial Museum and discover over 300 items related to the 2005 Expo including previously exhibited items from around the world, later donated to the museum. The attraction is free to visit and displays admiration for nature and the creative strengths of humankind.
Hana no Hiroba (Flower Square)
Perfect for visitors who want to rest and relax, Hana no Hiroba is surrounded by beautiful flower beds blossoming in different shades. This site offers amazing photo opportunities and also includes a restaurant for snacks and desserts.
Aichi Children's Center
This attraction is not just fun but informative. Over here, kids can develop their senses for vision, touch, hearing, as well as, their thinking abilities through a variety of games and activities. Junior high school kids and under can enter for free while adults can enter with a ¥300 ticket.
Toyota Automobile Museum
Discover the storied history of Toyota and fulfill all your gearhead fantasies by checking Toyota Automobile Museum off your bucket list. See a stunning display of over 120 cars (not just Toyota, but American and European automobiles too) from all eras of the motor age, including brands like Mercedes Benz, Ford, Porsche, Subaru, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen, and more!
Studio Ghibli Theme Park: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Studio Ghibli Theme Park?
A: Studio Ghibli is famous for its animated movies such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. The animation studio is the brainchild of world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki. The studio now aims to enter the world of theme parks, featuring attractions that will strongly reflect elements of movies previously released by the studio.
Q. When will Studio Ghibli Theme Park open?
A: The park is set to open in the fall of 2022. Three of the park’s five themed lands (Youth Hill, Dondoko, and Ghibli Large Warehouse) will be launched in 2022 while the remaining two areas (Mononoke’s Village and Witch’s Valley) are scheduled for debut in March 2024.
Q. Where is Studio Ghibli Theme Park located?
A: Studio Ghibli Theme Park will be situated within the former site of the 2005 World Expo, Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park. The site is close to the countryside east of Nagoya, the capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture.
Q: How much will Studio Ghibli Theme Park tickets cost?
A: Ticket prices are yet to be officially announced, but they will most likely be affordable.
Q. What are the attractions and rides of Studio Ghibli Theme Park?
A: The park will feature attractions related to the Ghibli universe. It will be divided into five themed lands such as Ghibli's Giant Warehouse, My Neighbour Totoro-themed Dondoko Forest, Princess Mononoke Village, Springtime of Life Hill, and Witch’s Valley. The park will focus on recreating movie scenes and nature trails instead of thrills and rides.
Q. Who is in charge of the Studio Ghibli Theme Park concept art and construction?
A: Studio Ghibli will oversee the park design while the company Nihon Sekkei is responsible for the work of a ¥ 284 439 600 construction budget (approximately EUR 2.4 million).