Since their announcement in 2018, Studio Ghibli has been gearing up for ‘Ghibli Park’ – a 200-hectare theme park in Aichi Prefecture, Nagakute city (4 hours away from Tokyo) that’s pretty much every fan’s dream.
Though there’ve been leaks here and there, SoraNews24 has finally dropped the diagrams and blueprints from the Japanese animation company themselves.
The park’s ongoing construction will apparently feature 5 separate areas, making for a visit that prob won’t be enough for a single day.
Hill of Youth (Whisper of the Heart)
This also serves as Ghibli Park’s entrance, with an antique shop and cat office from the Whisper of the Heart series.
Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse
This part of the park will have a 170-seat theater and the food court featuring the iconic ghostly stalls from Spirited Away.
Dondoko Forest (My Neighbor Totoro)
Visitors can walk along the quaint forest and spot the IRL version of Mei and Satsuki’s house. Here’s to hoping we spot Totoro himself.
Village of Mononoke (Princess Mononoke)
Though the blueprint is still incomplete, the area will offer a hands-on experience of the film’s industrial themes.
Valley of the Witches (Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle)
There’s no word if the wizard’s house will actually be moving.
Despite the hype, we’ve got a long way to go before Ghibli Park’s completion. Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse and Dondoko Forest will be the first to open in 2022, followed by Village and Mononoke and Valley of Witches projected in 2023.
Japan trip, anyone?