Studio Ghibli theme park to open in 2020
Studio Ghibli fans, it is time to save up and plan a trip to Nagakute, in Japan’s Aichi prefecture, for a once in a lifetime adventure… and you have three years to prepare.
A Studio Ghibli theme park is due to open at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park sometime in early 2020. It is a collaborative project between Studio Ghibli and the Aichi prefectural government.
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio known for its critically acclaimed whimsical animations such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbour Totoro, some of which have won international awards.
There are already various Studio Ghibli-themed attractions in Japan, including the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, but this theme park is probably as real as it gets to the mystical world of My Neighbour Totoro, of which the theme park will be based on.
Imagine 200-hectare of recreated setting from one of the most iconic anime feature films of all time. There has to be a Catbus ride!
There is currently a life-size replica of the house of Satsuki and Mei, the main characters in My Neighbour Totoro, in the Commemorative Park since World Expo 2005.
It was also confirmed that Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary filmmaker behind Studio Ghibli, will return to directing a new feature film, titled Boro the Caterpillar, which will be released in the same year as the opening of the theme park.
It seems like 2020 is going to be an exciting year for Japan as Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics as well, so there is really no excuse for you not to travel to Japan in 2020!