We’re just a month and a half away from the opening of the long awaited Ghibli Park in Aichi, which is set to welcome visitors on November 1. Images from the one-of-a-kind theme park dedicated to all things Studio Ghibli have been kept tightly under wraps, save for a few artist's impressions of some of the areas within the park. Now that we’re approaching the grand opening, the park has released a few photos of the exhibits to give us a preview of what’s in store.
The park is opening in two stages, meaning some sections will still be under construction even after November. However, there’s still plenty to explore this autumn as this initial soft launch will include the Hill of Youth, the Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse.
Opening plans for the Valley of Witches and the Mononoke Village will be announced at a later date.
The Grand Warehouse is an indoor facility housing a small cinema, shops, a café and immersive exhibits pulled straight out of the animation studio's most beloved films.
There's even a children's play area featuring the giant Cat Bus from ‘My Neighbor Totoro’.
The cinema is similar to the one in Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum, where you can watch the studio’s lesser known short films like ‘Mei and the Baby Cat Bus’ and 'The Day I Bought a Star'. The latter serves as a mini prequel to the 2004 fantasy film 'Howl's Moving Castle'. From the opening day until November 2023, the cinema will also be showing a special programme compiling all the memorable food scenes in Studio Ghibli films.
Speaking of mouth-watering dishes, you can get an up-close look at the family home of Mei and Satsuki, where the sisters’ homemade bento boxes are laid out on the round dining table.
More photo ops are around the corner, with a model of the train from ‘Spirited Away’. Here you can take Chihiro’s seat next to No Face to recreate that iconic scene from the film (though you might still want to keep your distance from Yubaba).
Each area of the park will require a separate admission ticket, which are sold through a lottery system as well as on a first-come, first-served basis. Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about Ghibli Park, including how to get tickets.
For more information, check out the park's official website.
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