First Look at Studio Ghibli Theme Park Coming to Japan (Updated)
From the genius mind of Oscar-winning animator, Hayao Miyazaki will come to life as a Studio Ghibli theme park, set to open in central Japan in 2022. Studio Ghibli has released a basic concept for the vast park, which will be built by 2022 near Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture. It will feature rides and forest trails based on the master animator’s popular fantasy films with Studio Ghibli, including “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” according to the Aichi government.
The studio already operates the hugely-popular Ghibli Museum on the outskirts of Tokyo. The Japan Times says:
“The park will also be dotted with the European-themed brick towers that appear frequently in Miyazaki’s works, as well as giant installations of spider- and boar-shaped spirits in imaginary landscapes that evoke Japan’s mythical and idyllic past.”Japan Times
Governor Omura took to Twitter to share the information with the rest of the world online, giving us a closer look at designs from the five park zones they first introduced us to in December last year.
According to the Aichi Prefectural Government, construction for the Youth Hill, Large Warehouse, and Dondoko Forest Areas will begin in 2020, with a projected opening date of 2022. Mononoke’s Village and Witches’ Valley will begin construction in 2021, with opening scheduled for 2023.
Geek Impulse is looking forward to this theme park and will go there personally myself. I travel to Japan a bit every year and find new things all the time. Living in Japan is fun and this is another reason as to why. It is not for everyone, but it is for me. Tokyo Disney is cool, but I am sure this will be fun as wells. Being able to live in Anime IRL is always something fun to do. What do you think about this news? Are you excited? Will you go? Let us know in the comments below.
Sources: Japan Times