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Ghibli Park, which represents the world of Studio Ghibli, opened on November 1, 2022, at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park (Moricoro Park)! Here's a report on what's going on inside the park!
About Ghibli Park
Ghibli Park is a park that represents the world of Studio Ghibli, in harmony with the forest.
There are no big attractions or rides in Ghibli Park. Take a stroll, feel the wind, and discover the wonders.
The park consists of five areas, and the first phase of construction was completed on November 1, 2022, and includes "Ghibli's Grand Warehouse", "Hill of Youth", and "Dondoko Forest".
There is no specific parking lot for visitors at Ghibli Park. Parking is available at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, but it may be full.
Therefore, we recommend riding Linimo when visiting.
Take the Higashiyama Subway Line from Nagoya Station to Fujigaoka Station, then transfer to Linimo at the last stop, Fujigaoka Station, and get off at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park station.
There are also buses that can take you to the park from Nagoya Station and Chubu Centrair International Airport.
Hill of Youth
The Hill of Youth is characterized by the scenery that looks like it came out of a scene in the films. Goro Miyazaki named it "Hill of Youth" based on the film Whisper of the Heart, which depicts the adolescence of junior high school students struggling to achieve their dreams.
Highlight 1 Elevator Tower
Elevator Tower is the first thing you see when walking from Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park station. It leads visitors to the world of Studio Ghibli.
Originally, it was an existing elevator that was renovated and designed based on the imaginary scientific world of the late 19th century as represented in Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Anyone can use this elevator, even without a Ghibli Park ticket.
Highlight 2 World Emporium
After going down the Elevator Tower and taking a short walk, you will see the World Emporium, which is based on the antique store which the main character happened to come by after she was led there by the cat in Whisper of the Heart.
Entering from the second floor, you will find antique furniture, dolls, and wooden horses. Going down to the first floor, you will find the violin workshop.
Highlight 3 The Cat Bureau
At Hill of Youth, you will find The Cat Bureau that's in The Cat Returns. It is a one-story wooden building built to the size of a cat, so everything inside the house is miniature size.
It was built just like a real building, starting from its foundation to its wooden structure.
Ghibli's Grand Warehouse
Ghibli's Grand Warehouse was the main area finished in Ghibli Park's first phase of construction and is a 5-minute walk from Hill of Youth. From the screening room to the three special exhibitions to the shops and café, the warehouse is absolutely bursting with Ghibli.
The first thing that might catch your attention is the Central Stairs decorated with colorful tiles connecting the first and second floors.
From the Central Stairs, colorful buildings can be seen everywhere, leaving you to decide where to go from here and guess what lies ahead.
The tiles were made in the cities of Tokoname and Seto.
Highlight 1 Screening Room “Cinema Orion”
This cinema has 170 seats and screens all 10 animated short films produced by Studio Ghibli that previously were shown only at the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka.
Highlight 2 Three Special Exhibitions
Visitors can enjoy three special exhibitions: "Becoming Characters in Memorable Ghibli Scenes," in which visitors can pretend to be characters from Studio Ghibli productions and immerse themselves in famous scenes from the films, "Delicious! Animating Memorable Meals Expanded Edition," in which visitors can learn how the food in Ghibli's works is depicted so deliciously and "Everything Ghibli!," featuring posters, films, music, and books of Ghibli's works from all over the world.
Highlight 3 What you can see at Ghibli's Collections Exhibition
▼ Garden in the Sky
The garden ruins from Castle in the Sky.
▼ Director's Room
You can see Yubaba from Spirited Away, busy at work, not even willing to look up to visitors.
In addition to "Becoming Characters in Memorable Ghibli Scenes," there are others that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Studio Ghibli productions.
▼ The House Below and The Little People's Garden
The world as seen from the little people’s point of view in Arrietty. Surrounded by giant plants, tableware, and all kinds of other things, you can look around as if you were a tiny being.
▼ The Philosophy Club Room
This is the room of the Philosophy Club seen in From Up on Poppy Hill. Various books and other things in the room ooze the passion of the students. You can sit down in one of the classroom chairs and take pictures.
▼ Cat Bus Room, Children's Town
The Cat Bus Room is a playground for children that represents the world of My Neighbor Totoro. You can meet the Cat Bus, which was specially designed for the park.
Children's Town, which is next to the Cat Bus Room, is inspired by the retro streets and vehicles around Koganei City, Tokyo, where Studio Ghibli is located, and only elementary school kids or those aged younger may enter (along with accompanying adults).
There is a retro shopping street where adults will surely experience a feeling of nostalgia.
▼ Open Warehouse
Open Warehouse contains production artifacts and sculptures from past exhibits in Japan and abroad, like those at the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, and others.
Highlight 4 Shops and Cafés
Here you'll find the shop "Adventurous Flying Squadron," where you can buy original Ghibli Park items, the Transcontinental Flight Café, featuring a menu with one-hand meals—perfect for long-distance pilots who need the other hand to steer, and the Milk stand "Siberi❆An".
Dondoko Forest is a 20-minute walk from Ghibli's Grand Warehouse.
This area is based on the world of My Neighbor Totoro, with Satsuki and Mei's House as one of the attractions.
Moving around the spacious park as you stroll around looking for benches with Ghibli’s Keepsakes is part of the fun, but if you get a little tired of walking, we recommend taking the free park bus (east route).
There are two buses that you can take every hour on weekdays and three on weekends and holidays. You can board one of these buses at the nearest bus stop, of which there are several along the bus route.
Highlight 1 Satsuki and Mei's House
This is the house where the family of the main characters of My Neighbor Totoro lives. It was built as a pavilion for the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan (Aichi Expo) held in 2005, and will continue to exist as one of Ghibli Park’s many attractions.
Highlight 2 Dondoko-do
As you get to the top, you'll be greeted by Dondoko-do, a 5.2-meter-tall structure that only elementary school kids and those younger can go inside. You'll be left with a warm feeling seeing the kids having a blast.
There are walking trails on the mountain, allowing visitors to experience the abundant nature in the area before and after their visit to Dondoko-do. Immerse yourself in the world of My Neighbor Totoro as you walk through the forest.
We have looked at the three areas currently open at the park but there is so much to see that you'd want to visit frequently.
We can't wait to see the Phase 2 areas, which include Mononoke Village, inspired by the world of Princess Mononoke, and Valley of Witches, where you will get to see structures inspired by magical Ghibli productions like KiKi’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Earwig and the Witch.
We couldn't cover all the many great photogenic spots and points of interest in the park. We'll leave it up to you to find them yourself!
Please note that there are areas where visitors aren't allowed to take pictures.
When buying tickets for Ghibli Park, you must choose the date and the time of your visit in advance.
Tickets that can be purchased from overseas are sold in a limited number of slots. (As of January 2023)
Please check the ticket site below for details.
LAWSON TICKET (external link)
Ghibli Park official website (external link)