You may be familiar with the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, but a newcomer has arrived on the scene with bigger exhibitions, more to see and do and all set in the beautiful Aichi Expo Memorial Park outside Nagoya. And it’ll be welcoming excited Ghibli fans inside on 1 November 2022.
What Is There To Do and What Films Can I Experience?
Ghibli Park is split into 5 themed areas: The Hill of Youth, Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, Mononoke’s Village, Valley of Witches and Dondoko Forest. The themed areas, or ‘lands’ are separate and will require walking through the public park within to reach each one.
At present, the Hill of Youth, Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse and Dondoko Forest will open on 1 November 2022. Mononoke’s Village is expected to be unveiled in late 2023, with Valley of the Witches in 2024.
1) Hill of Youth – situated by the park’s north entrance, this gateway leads you into the magical world of the Ghibli Park!
Laputa – An antique observation and elevator tower with stunning views and architecture inspired by sci-fi steampunk in the vein of the 1986 classic.
Whisper of the Heart & The Cat Returns – you can visit the orange-fronted antique store from the charming coming-of-age film Whisper of the Herat, complete with its impressive balcony views, while inside it also features a miniature Cat Bureau from its sequel, The Cat Returns.
2) Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse – this indoor area houses exhibitions, a cinema, a playground and shops and eateries, along with the warehouse itself, with many of the classic films represented.
Laputa – the warehouse features a recreation of the timeless sky garden from the city in the clouds.
My Neighbour Totoro – a playroom with a giant Catbus, similar to the Ghibli Museum will provide kids with hours of fun.
Spirited Away – The tunnel that whisks Mei from the real world to the spirit world in this iconic film is set to open in the future.
Arrietty – The Borrowers’ home will transport you to the world of the tiny little people, complete with giant everyday objects!
3) Mononoke’s Village – this outdoor area includes recreations of Muromachi-era Japan from Princess Mononoke, complete with sections of Irontown, including a furnace, and fantastic creatures from the movie too.
4) Valley of the Witches – Not surprisingly, this European-inspired area is where you’ll visit to get lost in the world of Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Kiki’s Delivery Service – Visit Kiki’s beautiful home and her home-away-from-home, the heart-warming bakery, Gütiokipänjä!
Howl’s Moving Castle – The star attraction here is the metallic house of the famed wizard, complete with moving sections and the option to look inside and see the Calcifer’s kitchen area!
Earwig and the Witch – This cute British-style cottage may look unassuming from the outside, but inside is a Witch’s studio, complete with potions galore to explore!
5) Dondoko Forest – another impressive outdoor area, this beautiful forest is home to everyone’s favourite magical creature…
My Neighbour Totoro – Not only can you visit the quaint little house that Satsuki and Mei call home, but there’s also a Totoro statue that children can play inside!
6) The Cat Returns Play Area – The name speaks of itself here, but this area, yet to open, will feature a maze, slides and zip lines, all drawn from the magical Cat Kingdom!
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You can find a map here.
How To Buy Ghibli Park Tickets?
From 1 August 2022, tickets have been available via the official ticket website. The different areas of the Ghibli Park require separate tickets and have varying entry fee prices.
Tickets are also tied to Admission Slots, for example, 09.00, 09.30, 10.00, etc.
What Are The Opening Times?
Ghibli Park is open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 on weekdays (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) and 09.00 to 17.00 on weekends and public holidays. It is closed on Tuesdays, except when Tuesday is a public holiday. To make sure the dates are right, check out the official calendar here.
Where Is The Ghibli Park?
The Ghibli Theme Park is located near Aichi Expo Memorial Park near Nagoya.
The Ghibli Grand Warehouse is 500m from Aichi Expo Memorial Park Station, Hill of Youth is 400m away and Dondoko Forest is 1200m.
How To Get To the Ghibli Park from Nagoya & Tokyo Station?
From Nagoya Station, take the Higashiyama Line to Fujigaoka Station (28 mins). Then at Fujigaoka Station, change and take the Linimo to Aichi Expo Memorial Park Station (13 mins)
To get there from Tokyo Station, take the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen to Nagoya Station (1 hour 40 mins). Then take the Higashiyama Line to Fujigaoka Station (28 mins). Then at Fujigaoka Station, change and take the Linimo to Aichi Expo Memorial Park Station (13 mins)