Lonely Planet Writer

A Studio Ghibli theme park is coming to Japan

Fans of the whimsical animation films of Studio Ghibli will be thrilled to know a new theme park from the award-winning studio is slated to open in Japan.

A rendering of the park. Copyright ©Studio Ghibli

The films, brought to life by Japanese animator and co-founder of the studio Miyazaki Hayao, include titles like My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away. Now, those worlds will be available for visitors to explore in the new park in Aichi Prefecture, reports the Japan Times. The theme park is currently scheduled to be opened in 2022 near Nagoya, a city in central Japan.

A still from the film Spirited Away. Image by © 2001 Studio Ghibli – NDDTM

The theme park will have rides and trails that centre on the studio’s famous films, as well as massive installations. A Japanese-language post on the Aichi Prefecture website explains that the park will be part of enhancing the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, which was created when the region held the World’s Fair in 2005.

A rendering of the park. Copyright ©Studio Ghibli

A theme park focused on the highly popular and stylistically stunning films is sure to be a hit. Five of the studio’s films have been nominated for Oscars and it has a dedicated following around the world. There is already a Ghibli Museum in West Tokyo, where guests can see original sketches, watch original animated films and more. Its massive popularity means guests are required to buy a ticket in advance for the exact date and time they plan to visit.

Or, if you’ve already watched every Studio Ghibli film and can’t wait for the park to open, check out Travel Oregon’s latest tourism ad, which aims to convince travellers to visit the US state through a beautifully inspired animation.