On November 1, 2022, Ghibli Park opened inside the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park!
17 years after Expo 2005 was held in Aichi—with the theme of Nature's Wisdom and presenting the idea of Love for people, living things, and the planet—Ghibli Park will now express that same philosophy within the worlds of different Studio Ghibli works recreated there.
Ghibli Park is full of recreations of the worlds within each film. Let's take a sneak peek!
• All admission to Ghibli Park requires a reservation.
Learn about each area!
(1) Hill of Youth
(2) Ghibli's Grand Warehouse
(3) Dondoko Forest
(4) Mononoke Village
(5) Valley of Witches *Opens in 2024
-"Play Along With The Wind", Studio Ghibli's first ever tourism promotion video!
-Sightseeing spots around Ghibli Park
-Nearby popular sightseeing spots
Ghibli Park consists of five areas. On November 1, 2022, Hill of Youth, Ghibli's Grand Warehouse, and Dondoko Forest opened with Mononoke Village next opening on November 1, 2023, and Valley of Witches planned to open in 2024.
Located near the northern gate of Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, this area welcomes visitors and leads them to the world of Ghibli Park.
This area always had a slope, and as the name Hill would suggest, that has been put to use in recreating the World Emporium from Whisper of the Heart.
This area will make you feel as if you walked right into that scene from the movie.
There's the Cat Bureau from The Cat Returns.
The Elevator Tower features world view elements from late-19th-century science fiction, such as seen in Castle in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle, and is located near the park's North Gate Square. It can be used by anyone using the park, even without an admission ticket to Ghibli Park.
Taking advantage of the heated pool area that closed in 2018, this area can be enjoyed year-round, regardless of the weather.
This area includes exhibition and screening rooms, shops, a café, a playground for children to enjoy, and more. It's combined with a warehouse that houses many Studio Ghibli display items, so you're able to do tons of fun things here!
Inside Ghibli's Grand Warehouse, the nostalgic fusion of Japanese- and Western-style architecture will merge with recreations of the world view depicted in Studio Ghibli. It'll surely be an area that tickles the hearts of all Ghibli fans.
In addition to the existing Satsuki and Mei's House, visitors are able to enjoy a walk on the hill behind it.
A walking trail was opened in the forest hills behind Satsuki and Mei's House, which was built for the 2005 Aichi Expo.
Just like in the movie, this will be a space where children and adults alike can be carefree.
This area neighbors the Aichi Village Lab space, known for its beautiful mountain village landscape, and was created to offer a look into the world of Princess Mononoke.
Mononoke Village opened on November 1, 2023 and portrays a mountain village you might see in the film Princess Mononoke.
One of the facilities—Tatara-ba—is modeled on Princess Mononoke's Iron Town and is hands-on, letting you grill your own gohei mochi—skewered rice cakes and a local cuisine of Aichi's and the surrounding prefectures' mountainous areas. Charcoal grill your own with your choice of special sauces: chestnut miso sauce, soy sauce, or a Neapolitan sauce!
Other sites to see in the area include the Demon Spirit Structure, a slide modeled on Lord Okkoto, and the Watchtower from Emishi Village for an unfettered and fun-filled perspective into the world of Princess Mononoke.
• Set tickets for Mononoke Village and Ghibli's Grand Warehouse are available November 1, 2023–February 12, 2024.
Valley of Witches will boast the largest size among all five areas, with concept following films that depict witches, such as Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle.
In a European-style environment, it will reproduce elements from Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service, among others. Restaurants are also in the plans.
Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, which houses Ghibli Park, was built on the site of the former Nagakute Area used during Expo 2005 Aichi. It has tons of facilities for both adults and children to enjoy, like wide grass spaces, a splash pad, a 5.1-km long cycling course, and a natural playground. You can get there by hopping on Japan's only maglev train, Linimo.
As the first tourism video Studio Ghibli has been involved in, it showcases the charms of "Aichi, where Ghibli Park is."
Here are several tourism spots you can easily get to from Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park. There are tons of places nearby that are fun for everyone, from children to adults. Take a look at our trip plans for reference!
This automobile museum opened on April 16, 1989, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Toyota Motor Corporation's founding. Their lineup of cars that were the talk of their times is a must-see for car enthusiasts, and children who love cars will also have a great time. There's also a shop, cafe, and restaurant, so you can take your time and relax there.
One of Japan's leading ceramics museums, this facility showcases very valuable ceramic-related items! You're free to browse their valuable collection of about 8,000 ceramic works, including three Important Cultural Properties. Pieces range from older Japanese ceramics to Chinese, Korean, and Islamic ones, modern and contemporary ones, industrial ones, and more.
Take Sanage Green Road for an easy drive to the most popular spots in Aichi Prefecture! It connects the urban areas of the prefecture to the ones filled with lush nature.
Also, you can drive straight along Prefectural Route 209 to get to the heart of Seto City—known for its Seto wares—in about 15 to 20 minutes. You can get around with public transit, too! From Yakusa Station on the Linimo, you can take the Seto Community Bus and get off at Seto Eki-mae (Station).
Aside from that, Nisshin City (next to Nagakute City, where Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park is located) is a great place for families. It's home to Aichi Farm, for example, which offers tons of different experiences.
This is one of the prefecture's largest natural radon hot springs. The water here is called "medicinal hot water," and it's one of the few sources in the country that you can drink from. You can either do a day trip to this hot spring, or stay in the hotel here. It's also perfectly located right in the middle of Aichi Kogen Quasi-National Park, an area blessed with beautiful scenery that's been used to create 14 different Japanese gardens. Don't miss out on the illumination at night, which creates a gorgeous, fairy tale-like atmosphere.
This old townscape still retains its original look, back from when it flourished as an inn town. Take a leisurely walk along Manrin Alley and other beautiful alleyways, and you'll feel enveloped by the nostalgic surroundings. The entire town comes together for lots of events that can be enjoyed along with the old townscape.
Seto-Gura is a tourist spot located in the heart of Seto City. You can visit the Seto-Gura Museum to learn all there is to know about Seto ware, and then head to the Seto Mono Shop on the first floor to buy Seto ware pieces at direct-sale prices.
This touristy farm near Nagoya with free admission is home to 130 dairy cows. They also offer fresh milk, ice cream, gelato, and other dairy products you can only find in a farm. Children over two years old can ride bridle-led ponies or thoroughbreds, and many visitors also love to try milking cows or have a barbecue in the designated gardens.