The Aichi Prefectural Government revealed more information about its new theme, the Studio Ghibli Theme Park. This includes the park’s layout and features, which will have five zones. The Studio Ghibli Theme Park will be built across over 200 hectares of land.
The park will be located in Aichi’s Expo Park in Nagoya, Japan, is based entirely on My Neighbor Totoro.
It is set to open in 2022.
“Seishun no oka Area” (Youth Hill Area)
This area has a giant steampunk elevator inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle. A short stroll will lead visitors to a full-sized replica of the Chikyuya antique shop from Whisper of the Heart.
“Ghibli Dai Soko Area” (Ghibli Large Warehouse Area)
This part contains an exhibition room, a video exhibition room, playing areas, shops, and cafes.
“Dondoko Mori Area” (Dondoko Forest Area)
This area includes the already existing real-life version of Mei and Satsuki’s house from My Neighbor Totoro. The surrounding “Showa-era landscape” will replicate Totoro’s hometown. The forest area is similar to Totoro’s Forest in Saitama.
“Mononoke no Sato Area” (“Mononoke’s Village Area”)
This area is dedicated to Princess Mononoke – Ashitaka’s Emishi tribe and the Tatara Irontown.
“Majo no Tani Area” (Witches’ Valley Area)
Restaurants and rest areas will be set up in this area, inspired by the wasteland of Howl’s Moving Castle and the beautiful Okino residence from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
The Aichi Prefectural Government said that the design of the park is currently being finalized. The construction of the first three areas will begin in 2020 and the final two areas in 2021.
They anticipate the development will then move forward at a steady pace, with plans to open the first three areas in the autumn of 2022, and Mononoke’s Village and the Witches’ Valley opening a year later, in 2023.
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