Studio Ghibli Theme Park Opens in Fall 2022

Explorers! Get ready to enter a whole new animated world; Studio Ghibli is joining the theme park game.

Initially announced in 2017, Japan’s much-celebrated animation company, Studio Ghibli’s new theme park, will open in 2022. The 200-hectare site of the 2005 World Expo will be transformed into “Ghibli Park,” an immersive world based on the hit films of Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli Park is scheduled to open on November 1, 2022, with tickets scheduled to go on sale in August.

© Studio Ghibli

The Studio Ghibli Park is different from the Ghibli Museum, which is in Mitaka, Tokyo.

Tickets & Opening Hours

When the park opens on November 1, 2022, Ghibli Park will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and will open one hour earlier, at 9:00 on weekends and holidays. Ghibli park will be closed every Tuesday.

Ticket pricing has been announced for Ghibli Park. All tickets must be reserved for a specific date and time. with separate reservations required for each area, noting only the entrance time is specified, and there is no limit on the exit time. Admission is free for children under 3 years old. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in August via Boo-Woo Tickets.

Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse (weekdays)
Adults: 2,000 yen ($15.40 USD)
Children (4 years old through the end of elementary school): 1,000 yen ($7.70 USD)
Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse (weekends, holidays)
Adults: 2,500 yen ($19.25 USD)
Children: 1,250 yen ($9.63 USD)
Dondoko Forest
Adults: 1,000 yen ($7.70 USD)
Children: 500 yen ($3.85 USD)
Hill of Youth
Adults: 1,000 yen ($7.70 USD)
Children: 500 yen ($3.85 USD)


Studio Ghibli Park will be located in Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture – about an hour east by train from Nagoya. Interestingly, the location is the former site of the 2005 World Expo, which featured a recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house from My Neighbour Totoro. The traditional country house has been incorporated into the new theme park.

©Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli has created a video promoting sightseeing in Aichi Prefecture, where Ghibli Park is located. The video, titled ‘Play along with the Wind’ highlights areas in the Aichi prefecture and includes a sequence shot at Satsuki and Mei’s house from ‘My Neighbor Totoro’.

Construction Photos

Until recently, we were limited to the concept art and illustrations of the upcoming park. Thankfully, Studio Ghibli’s Twitter account has provided fans with a rare insight into how construction is coming along on the much-anticipated theme park.

Most recently, Studio Ghibli released a number of images of the completed Observation tower in Youth Hill, found at the park’s entrances inside Aichi Expo Park. The elevator is tower’s design is based on the late 19th-century fantasy scientific world of “Castle in the Sky”. The tower itself will be accessible to the public from today, free of charge.

What to Expect at Studio Ghibli Theme Park

Before construction, Hayao Miyazaki vowed to build the park without cutting down any trees, with buildings constructed in existing clearings, preserving and enhancing the natural areas. This will result in a beautiful, environmentally friendly theme park, drawing on the strong themes of environmentalism present throughout much of Ghibli’s animated features.

While there will be rides at Studio Ghibli Park, don’t expect roller coasters and other standard theme park fares. The park will instead bring guests into the fantasy world of Ghibli through lush gardens, highly themed buildings, dining, and other more intimate experiences.

Studio Ghibli Park will contain five distinct areas based on the much-loved Ghibli films. The park will open in phases, with Youth Hill, Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse, and Dondoko Forest opening with the park, and Witch Valley and Mononoke’s Village following in 2023.

Youth Hill

The park’s entrance area, Youth Hill, will feature an elevator observation tower featuring steampunk design elements invoking Howl’s Moving Castle, granting guests a great view of the whole park. The area will also feature a replica of the antique shop Chikyuu-ya, from the 1995 film Whisper of the Heart.

Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse

This large heated indoor area will primarily function as an event and exhibition space featuring Ghibli exhibits, a children’s playground, a recreation of the small town area in Spirited Away, plus a 170 seat theatre. The Giant Warehouse will be about four times bigger than the Ghibli Museum.

© Studio Ghibli

Witch Valley (2023)

Inspired by the wastelands of Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, guests will be able to visit Kiki’s home from Kiki’s Delivery Service, plus the castle from Howl’s Moving Castle, which will stand five stories tall. Inside the castle, guests will be able to visit Howl’s bedroom.

Princess Mononoke Village (2023)

Princess Mononoke Village will transport guests to the Muromachi period (1336-1573) in which the film is set. Based on the movie’s Irontown (Tataraba) village, the area will feature giant statues of the Tatarigami spirit monster plus other creatures from the treasured film.

Dondoko Forest

Guests are invited to step into the world of My Neighbour Totoro with its lush nature and rural landscape. The area features a recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house from My Neighbour Totoro, which was initially built in 2005 for the 2005 World Expo. Studio Ghibli has released several beautiful photos of the house, highlighting the detail that guests expect throughout the park.

Do you plan to visit the Studio Ghibli Theme Park when it opens? Let us know! Also, don’t forget to check out where to find Studio Ghibli merchandise when you’re shopping in Japan.

Featured photos and information from the Studio Ghibli Official Twitter account, Ghibli Park website and the Aichi Prefecture Policy Planning Bureau website.

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