*Theme image was taken in the premises of Linimo Aichi Expo Commemorative Park station, Japan
Ghibli Park, long awaited by Ghibli fans around the world, finally opened its doors on November 1, 2022.
Have you made progress in planning and arranging your trip and getting your luggage ready?
If COVID-19 has stretched your trip to Japan, be sure to stop by Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city, and most importantly, Aichi Prefecture, where Ghibli Park is located.
- What is Ghibli Park in Aichi, Japan?
- Ghibli Park Opening Area and Schedule
- Ghibli Park area scheduled to opened in 2022
- Ghibli Park areas scheduled to open in 2023
- How can we enter Ghibli Park?
- Access to Ghibli Park
- Ghibli Park Location
- Official Web & YouTube
- Ghibli Park Basic Information Summary
What is Ghibli Park in Aichi, Japan?
Ghibli Park, a theme park inspired by Studio Ghibli’s works, finally opened on November 1, 2022.
The decision to build Ghibli Park was made in 2017, and Studio Ghibli and local companies have been working toward its opening with the backing of Aichi Prefecture and other public organizations.
— ジブリパーク GHIBLI PARK (@ghibliparkjp) October 29, 2022
Studio Ghibli has been producing impressive and inspiring animated works for over 30 years, but strangely enough, no such thing as a theme park has ever been built.
One exception is the Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum in Mitaka City, Tokyo, produced by Studio Ghibli.
The concept is the same as that of the Studio Ghibli museum: “Take your time and enjoy”
At the Mitakanomori Ghibli Museum in Ghibli Park, you can see objects that could be the base of Ghibli Park.
See beautiful images posted by Google Maps users.
The original Ghibli Park, the Mitakanomori Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, opened in October 2001.
The museum operates a complete reservation and capacity system, which is unusual for a Japanese museum, and visitors must make plans and purchase tickets before visiting.
This is a measure taken out of concern for the heated popularity of Ghibli, and embodies Studio Ghibli’s concept of “slow enjoyment.
As will be explained in more detail later, this concept of the Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum is also applied to Ghibli Park, which also requires visitors to make a reservation and purchase a ticket.
Ghibli Park is located in Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan (Aichi Expo Commemorative Park)
Ghibli Park is located in the Aichi Expo Commemorative Park (Aichi Expo Comemorative Park) in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture.
Nagakute City is located next to Nagoya City, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, and is easily accessible from Shinkansen stations and airports.
It is a rural area with abundant greenery, bordered by the forested Seto City to the northeast.
Nagakute City, where Ghibli Park is located, is a lush green area
The fact that the area is surrounded by lush greenery with lots of nature is one of the reasons why Ghibli Park was built.
Many of Studio Ghibli’s works are based on the theme of harmony and coexistence with nature, and perhaps the location was ideal for reflecting that worldview.
Ghibli Park has no major attractions
The most famous theme parks in Japan are Disney Resort in Tokyo, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, and Legoland in Aichi Prefecture, but Ghibli Park is not planned to have large-scale ride attractions like those in these theme parks.
According to Studio Ghibli, Ghibli Park is “created in consultation with the forest. It is a place where visitors can walk through the forest and along the paths on their own feet, feel the air and wind, and discover the secrets.
Waiting excitedly for your turn to enjoy the attractions is not a bad thing, but it might be better to take your time and explore the world of Ghibli’s works at your own pace without being rushed by anything.
Ghibli Park Opening Area and Schedule
This section explains the opening dates of Ghibli Park.
Ghibli Park is divided into five areas, with each area opening at a different time.
The five areas will open in two phases, with three areas opening in 2022 and the remaining two in 2023.
Ghibli Park area scheduled to opened in 2022
The three areas that opened in 2022 will be the following three.
I will present information on each of them, as much as we currently know about them.
１．”The Hill of Youth” Area
After passing through the North Entrance of Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park, which will be transformed into a landscape in harmony with Ghibli Park, you will first be greeted by “Hill of Youth” (Seishun no Oka).
In this area, the worlds of “The Cat Returns” and “Whisper of the heart” are expressed.
The Cat ReturnsThe Cat Returns - Wikipedia
Whisper of the heartWhisper of the Heart - Wikipedia
In the nostalgic atmosphere of a residential area built in the image of a residential area in the early Heisei era, “Chikyubiya,” a store that repairs and sells antique furniture and clocks that appear in “Whisper of the heart” is located.
There is also the “Rotary Square” that appears in the movie. Visitors will be able to experience the atmosphere of the film through the reproduction of a telephone booth, bulletin board, and other items.
The “Cat’s Office,” which appears in “The Cat Returns,” has also been recreated from the cat’s point of view, and its furniture and accessories can be seen up close.
The Hill of Youth is the entrance to Ghibli Park
The Hill of Youth Area is the entrance area that leads visitors into the world of “Ghibli Park.”
The existing elevator facility has been renovated into an “elevator tower”.
The interior and exterior design incorporates elements of late 19th century fantasy science as represented in “Howl’s Moving Castle”.
2. “Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse” Area
Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse is an indoor facility, a sort of warehouse filled with various exhibits of Studio Ghibli’s works.
The aforementioned Ghibli Museum is three times the size of the Mitakanomori Ghibli Museum, and is a nostalgic and fanciful blend of Japanese and Western art.
Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse is filled with exhibits of popular works.
The “Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse” is packed with exhibits based on the following four films
Castle in the skyCastle in the Sky - Wikipedia
My Neighbor TotoroMy Neighbor Totoro - Wikipedia
Spirited AwaySpirited Away - Wikipedia
AriettyArrietty - Wikipedia
From “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” the “Garden in the Sky,” the garden of Laputa in ruins, will be recreated.
The giant flying ship that appears in the film will be installed at a scale of approximately 6 meters in length.
The house and the garden with its lush vegetation are inspired by the world of “Arrietty the Borrower” and the house where Arrietty and her family live.
The house and plants are reproduced on a large set, so visitors can simulate the world of Arrietty and her family from the perspective of a dwarf.
Facilities for children to play in the world of “My Neighbor Totoro” will be provided, and a cat bus playground will also be set up.
3. “Dondoko Forest” Area
The “Dondoko Forest( in Japanese, Dondoko Mori) Area” will be a space that reflects the world of Totoro.
The “Dondoko” in “Dondoko Forest” is named after the “Dondoko Dance” in “My Neighbor Totoro” in which Satsuki, May and Totoro dance to pray for the germination of the seeds they planted.
My Neighbor TotoroMy Neighbor Totoro - Wikipedia
The “Dondokoro Forest” will be developed in the image of the rural landscape of the Showa Period (40-50 years ago), which is reminiscent of the world of “My Neighbor Totoro”.
There will be a wooden playground equipment called “Dondoko-do” in the shape of Totoro wearing a hat.
Recommending Totoro’s “Satsuki and May’s House”
This area includes “Satsuki and May’s House,” which has been in the Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park for some time, and “Dondokodo,” a wooden playground equipment in the shape of Totoro wearing a hat, will also be installed in this area.
Ghibli Park areas scheduled to open in 2023
Two areas of Ghibli Park are scheduled to open in the fall of 2023, approximately one year after the above three areas.
“Mononoke Village”(Mononoke no Sato) Area
“Mononoke Village” will be developed based on the motif of the Emishi village and the tara fields in “Princess Mononoke”.
The area is designed to resemble a traditional Japanese satoyama.
It is integrated with “Aichi Satolabo” in the Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park, where visitors can experience and learn about satoyama.
Visitors can actually experience and learn in the facilities that appear in “Princess Mononoke,” such as the “tatara field” and “charcoal hut” that will be developed in the area.
Princess MononokePrincess Mononoke - Wikipedia
The “Aichi Sato-Lab” is integrated with the scenery of the “Aichi Sato-Lab” where visitors can experience learning about satoyama in the Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park, and experience learning in the facilities that appear in “Princess Mononoke” such as the “taraba” and “charcoal hut” to be developed in the area.
“Valley of Witches” Area
This is another area that is eagerly awaited for completion.
A space with motifs of “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “The Kiki’s Delivery Service” is being developed.
Ghibli’s magical and imaginary space “Valley of Witches” Area
The Valley of Witches Area is inspired by the world of “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “The Kiki’s Delivery Service” the stories of Howl and a young girl.
Howl’s Moving CastleHowl's Moving Castle (film) - Wikipedia
Kiki’s Delivery ServiceKiki's Delivery Service - Wikipedia
The magical and fanciful Northern European-style space will include a realistic reproduction of “Howl’s Castle” from “Howl’s Moving Castle” and the hat store where the character Sophie works.
From “The Kiki’s Delivery Service,” Kiki’s family home, “Okino House,” will also make an appearance.
In addition to the play facilities, the park will also include a restaurant building by the pond.
It will be an area where visitors can experience a complex of exhibits, play, and rest.
How can we enter Ghibli Park?
Have you got a general idea of the areas of Ghibli Park?
Next, we will show you how to enter Ghibli Park.
Since this information is before the park opens, we recommend that you check the information yourself right before the park opens.
Purchase of tickets for admission to Ghibli Park
Admission fees for theme parks, not only in Japan but also in other countries, tend to increase year by year.
When I went with my friend, it was less of a burden. Many people may feel that the incentive to get married and add to their family has grown, but the burden has also increased.
You may also be concerned about the admission fee to Ghibli Park, but don’t worry.
(Surprisingly?) The price is (surprisingly?) inexpensive.
This may be largely due to the fact that there are few attractions that cost a lot of money for their facilities, but it is also due to Studio Ghibli’s concept of “hating to make money”.
The fact that the park is located in a facility owned by Aichi Prefecture may also contribute to the fact that tickets are not expensive.
Naturally, ticket prices for the “Grand Warehouse of Ghibli” are the same as those for the domestic market.
Ticket prices for Ghibli Park by area type
“Child” in the table is the age from 4 years old to elementary school student (12 years old)
|[Hii of Youth]& [Ghibli’s Grand Waredouse]||Adult: 3,000yen
|[Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse]||Adult: 2,000yen
| Adult: 2,500yen
|[Dondoko Forest]||Adult: 1,000yen
| Adult: 1,000yen
- The above amounts include tax. Admission is free for children under 3 years old.
- All tickets for weekdays, weekends, and holidays must be reserved by date and time.
- A separate system fee (110 yen per ticket) is required to purchase tickets.
There is more information about the area on the page with this table, if you would like to see it.
* The Japanese elementary school year begins in April and ends in March of the following year.
For more information on purchasing tickets for individuals overseas, please see the following pages.
Tickets for Ghibli Park areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis
As you can see from the list above, Ghibli Park is divided into several areas, each of which requires an admission fee.
All tickets are available by reservation only and must be purchased in advance.
Studio Ghibli recommends visiting one area per day.
As mentioned above, we advocate taking your time to enjoy the experience, so we recommend taking as many days as time permits to immerse yourself in the beautiful forests of Japan and the world of Ghibli.
If your schedule does not allow for such a long visit, it may be effective to visit different areas in the morning and in the afternoon.
Ticket sales for Ghibli Park for overseas users will begin in Jan. 2023
The important thing is when ticket sales will begin.
It has been confirmed that the start of ticket sales for individuals overseas will take place in January 2023.
As soon as we know how to purchase specific tickets, we will introduce them on this site as soon as possible.
Also, at this time (December 2022), there are no plans to issue annual passports.
Access to Ghibli Park
There are two ways to get to Ghibli Park: by Linimo from Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park Station, or by car (private car or cab).
Most visitors from overseas will pass through Nagoya Station, so the starting point is Nagoya Station.
For those coming from Aichi International Airport (Centrair), it is convenient to go out once to Nagoya Station.
The following information is only a guide. We recommend that you use the method that suits you best when actually visiting.
Access to Ghibli Park by train
The following is the recommended access to Ghibli Park by train.
This is the access method from Nagoya Station, the largest railroad station in Aichi Prefecture and a terminal for Shinkansen trains that connect to the rest of Japan.
Travel distance: approx. 20.4 km / Approximate fare: 670 yen (total) / Approx. time required: approx. 61 minutes
Access to Ghibli Park by car
The following are recommended ways to get to Ghibli Park by car.
There is also a bus stop named “Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park,” and there is a way to get there by Meitetsu bus.
However, even I myself, who live in this area, find the timetable of this Meitetsu bus very confusing. Moreover, there are only a few buses, so I do not recommend it.
If you prefer to go by car, I recommend renting a car or taking a cab.
*This is the expressway toll/ Additional charge for cab: approx. 8,450yen
Ghibli Park Location
Ghibli Park is located in the 2005 Aichi Expo Commemorative Park.
The main accesses are listed below the map.
1533-1 Ibaragabasama, Nagakute, Aichi
Official Web & YouTube
The official Ghibli Park website was launched in February 2022.
“Play along with the wind” | Ghibli park Promotion Video
Along with this, a promotional video for Ghibli Park is also available on YouTube.
It is a beautiful video that briefly introduces photogenic spots in Aichi Prefecture, and we recommend that you take a look at it.
The “Satsuki and May’s House” shown in the thumbnail exists in the Dondoko Forest area, but the house itself was built long ago.
The house is a faithful reproduction of the house where “My Neighbor Totoro” takes place, and is a must-visit for fans of the film.
We can watch a video of the Ghibli Park under construction
Various Ghibli Park information videos have already been uploaded on YouTube, but below is a rare video that shows the construction in progress as of April 2022.
You can already see the tower so large from Linimo train’s Aichi Earth Expo Commemorative Park station.
This tower is already in operation, so if you can make it, please go out and see it.
It’s quite a fantastic scenery… ^^;
Ghibli Park Basic Information Summary
This section provides an overview of Ghibli Park, how to enter, how to purchase tickets, and how to access the park.
It should be noted that tickets must be purchased in advance .
This is information about Ghibli Park, which is more affordable than other theme parks.
We will let you know here when information on tickets and other information is updated.
If COVID-19 has left you feeling a little spaced out on your trip to Japan, be sure to stop by Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city, and most importantly, Aichi Prefecture, home to the Ghibli Park.
A strong choice for a trip to Japan, Aichi Prefecture is full of different attractions such as railroads, automobile and Legoland theme parks, and a unique culinary culture.
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In addition to Ghibli Park, this site will introduce other attractive spots in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Thank you for reading to the end.