The animated world of Hayao Miyazaki is set to become a physical reality with Studio Ghibli’s new theme park, set to open in central Japan in 2022.
Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, is renowned for works including Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. He is among the world’s most acclaimed animators, with huge followings in Japan and abroad.
Studio Ghibli has released a basic concept for the vast park, which will be built by 2022 near Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.
It will feature rides and forest trails based on the master animator’s popular fantasy films, including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.
The park will also be dotted with the European-themed brick towers that appear frequently in Hayao Miyazaki’s works, as well as giant installations of spider and boar-shaped spirits in imaginary landscapes that evoke Japan’s mythical and idyllic past.
A Princess Mononoke Village is set to feature, as is Witch Valley, an area with Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service-themed rides and attractions.
The park will be built at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city. The Dondoko Forest area is already home to the house from My Neighbor Totoro, which was built for the 2005 World’s Fair.
Studio Ghibli already operates the hugely-popular Ghibli Museum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Tickets for the museum only go on sale at the beginning of each month and regularly sell out within hours.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea