Studio Ghibli theme park planned for Nagoya

A theme park will be built dedicated to the work of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.

The project will be based in the Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute, near the southern Japanese city of Nagoya. It will attempt to recreate some of the work of Hayao Miyazaki, the 77-year-old animator who co-founded Ghibli.

The 200ha development will feature attractions based on Ghibli pictures, including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart, as well as cinemas, rides, a playground and nature trails.

The park will also be dotted with the European-style brick towers that appear in Miyazaki’s works, as well as giant installations of spider and boar-shaped spirits in imaginary landscapes that evoke Japan’s animist past.

Ghibli also runs the popular Studio Ghibli Museum in the outskirts of Tokyo, where the studio is based.

The park is due to open in 2022.

Images courtesy of Studio Ghibli

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  1. Just reading any and all stories about Ghibli’s theme park is so refreshing. I can’t get enough of them.

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