Studio Ghibli will Open a Theme Park in Japan in 2020

If you’re saving up for the Tokyo Olympics, here is another place to look forward to in 2020. Studio Ghibli will open their first theme park in Japan. And if everything goes well, we’ll get the chance to live in the world of My Neighbor Totoro.

 

Disney Land? Universal Studios? Nah. Ghibli Park!

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and Aichi prefectural governor Hideaki Ōmura announced the plan at a conference in Nagoya City. “Ghibli park” will stand on a 200-hectare area outside Nagoya as part of Aichi’s Moricoro Park. The prefecture administration made it clear that the park’s architecture will meld with Aichi’s lush natural landscape. Visitors will experience the beauty of Japan’s changing seasons while immersing themselves in the vividness of Ghibli’s universe.
Aichi’s Expo park already has a replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house from My Neighbor Totoro. The “Totoro” house was opened to the public in 2005 as part of the World’s Fair. 30 to 45 minute guided tours allow tourists to explore and touch everything in the house.
There are no plans yet whether the proposed theme park will expand further to showcase Ghibli’s other worlds. But if in case they do, I hope it’s as expansive as this artist’s rendition from a fan.
If you’re already in Japan and can’t wait for Ghibli Park to happen, then include Ghibli Museum in your itinerary. The museum showcases the works of Studio Ghibli which includes replicas of iconic structures and characters from Ghibli films. Tourists can interact and take pictures with the Cat Bus in My Neighbor Totoro and the Robot Soldier from Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

Excited to hug a life-sized Totoro plushie in Ghibli park? Let us know what you think in the comments and stay tuned for more updates.

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