A Complete Guide to Ghibli Park! Ghibli ParkHere are some of the highlights of Ghibli Park!
Five years after its initial announcement, Ghibli Park will finally open on November 1, 2022. The first phase of the park will consist of three sections. The three sections are "Ghibli's Grand Warehouse," "Hill of Youth," and "Dondoko no Mori. The highlights of the park will be thoroughly explained. (Editorial Department, Haruka Ichikawa)
*Please note that some areas are restricted to the general public.
Ghibli Park, which represents the world of Studio Ghibli, can be seen at Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan. It is located in Mikolo Park. There are no big rides or attractions here. Instead, there are hidden paths and forests where you can feel the wind on your feet and walk in peace.
Director Goro Miyazaki is in charge of directing and supervising the production of Ghibli Park. Director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature film production. He subsequently stepped down.
You can see the gate of Ghibli Park from Linimo "Aichi Chikyu Hakubaku Kinen Koen Station".
Ghibli Park encourages visitors to use public transportation.Ghibli Park encourages visitors to use public transportation.
Take the Higashiyama Subway Line from Nagoya Station to Fujigaoka Station (approx. 27 minutes).
Take Linimo from Fujigaoka Station to Aichi Expo '70 Commemorative Park Station (approx. 13 min.).
Bus: "Aichi Expo '70 Commemorative Park in Ghibli Park" admission ticket at bus stop No. 24 on the 4th floor of Meitetsu Bus Center, Nagoya Station.
Central Japan International Airport Terminal 1Ticket to "Aichi Expo '70 Commemorative Park (Ghibli Park)" via "Fujigaoka".
Tickets for Ghibli Park must be reserved by date and time, and can be purchased online at Boo-Woo Tickets or at Loppi at Lawson and Ministop stores nationwide.
Ghibli Grand Warehouse
Weekdays. Adults 2,00 yen, Children (4 years old and up to elementary school age) 1,000 yen
Weekends and holidays: Adults: 2,500 yen, Children (4 years old and up to elementary school age): 1,250 yen
Slope of YouthAdults 2,000 yen, Children 1,000 yen.
Adults 1,000 yen, children (4 years and older) 1,000 yen.
Dondoko no Mori
Adults 1,000 yen Children (4 years old to elementary school students) 500 yen Ghibli's Grand Warehouse
The "Ghibli's Grand Warehouse" is the main area of the park.
"Ghibli's Grand Warehouse" is the main area of the park. A video exhibition room, three special exhibitions, a store, a café, and many other Ghibli works are crammed into this huge facility. Once you pass through the entrance, you are already in the world of Ghibli!
The central staircase is decorated with colorful tiles. If you look up, you will see the giant airship from the opening scene of "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" slowly flying by.
Look closely at the tiles and you will see various characters related to Ghibli.
Orion is a video exhibition room with approximately 170 seats. All 10 short animated films produced by Studio Ghibli, which are shown only at the Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum, are shown in sequence. The first film shown at the opening was "The Whale Bird.
The first exhibit at the opening was an introduction to Studio Ghibli and Ghibli's works, including "Famous Scenes from Ghibli," "Drawing Eating," "Famous Scenes from Ghibli," and "Famous Scenes from Ghibli. The exhibition was "Famous Scenes from Ghibli," "Drawing Ghibli," and "Full of Ghibli.
The "Famous Scenes from Ghibli" exhibition is an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to immerse themselves in famous scenes from Ghibli's works by becoming the characters of the films.
Visitors can ride on a train with Kaonashi, or experience a scene from "Spirited Away".
"Ponyo on the Edge of the Cliff
Porco and Fio have a tie-up, experience Pazu going to rescue Sita from "Castle in the Sky", chase Sosuke with Ponyo from "Ponyo on the Cliff", and
Ponyo on the Cliff".
In addition, "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Omohide Poroporo," "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," "The Wind Rises," "Heisei Raccoon War Pompoko," "Umi ga Kikoeru," "Soto Senki," "Princess Mononoke," and "Marnie of Memories" will also be on display.
Painting Eat. (scheduled to run through November 2023) is, as the name implies, an expanded and revised version of the "Eat" exhibition held at the Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum of Art from 2017 to 2018. (scheduled to run through November 20) is, as the name implies, an expanded and revised edition of the "Painting to Eat" exhibition. This exhibition reveals the secrets of why the food in Ghibli's works looks so delicious.
Newly added are materials from three films. Materials for "Spirited Away," "From Up on Poppy Hill," and "Arya and the Witch" have been added. There is also a stall for "Spirited Away" and an exhibit of the parents as pigs.
The "Full of Ghibli" exhibition (scheduled to run through November 2023) will feature posters and other materials from Ghibli films from around the world. The Totoro Bar, a recreation of Studio Ghibli's meeting space, will make visitors feel like they are visiting the studio.
The "Garden in the Sky" recreates the abandoned garden from "Laputa: Castle in the Sky. A 4-meter-tall robot soldier waits patiently for the Lord's return.
The Fake Director's Office is where Yubaba from "Spirited Away," the fake director of Ghibli's Grand Warehouse, works.
Behind the Fake Director's Office, there is also Haku and a large number of paper figures!
Which way shall we go? Minamimachi is a nostalgic shopping street with the atmosphere of "Spirited Away. There is the "Nekkaze Shobo" selling books, "Ozora Models" collecting models, and "Dagashi Nekkakeburi Hime" where you can actually buy products.
In the "House Under the Floor" and "Dwarf Garden," visitors can see the world from the perspective of the dwarfs in "The Borrower Arrietty. Familiar plants and flowers are so big!
Kodomo no Machi" is a playground for children featuring old streets and vehicles from the area around Koganei City, Tokyo, where Studio Ghibli is located.
Inside is a cat bath room representing the world of "My Neighbor Totoro," where visitors can ride on a colorful cat bus (for elementary school students and younger).
The Philosophy Study Group is located in the corner of "Karuchiratan" in "From Up on Poppy Hill.
Open Warehouse is a huge warehouse.
Inside are works and sculptures from exhibitions at the Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum of Art and other exhibitions in Japan and abroad.
Ghibli's Great Warehouse Shop. In addition to goods related to Ghibli's works, the Adventure Warehouse Shop offers a wide variety of Ghibli Park original goods that make great souvenirs.
After strolling through the Ghibli Warehouse, why not rest your wings at Café Transcontinental Flight?
The sandwiches, inspired by the one-handed meals of long-distance pilots, are decorated with flags featuring original illustrations by Hayao Miyazaki.
There are 12 flags in total!
Sibelian," a milk stand where you can enjoy "Siberia," a sponge cake with red bean paste sandwiched in between, which appears in the movie "The Wind Rises.
Milk produced in Aichi Prefecture is served in originally designed bottles.Hill of Youth
Seishun no Oka is a 5-minute walk from the Ghibli Grand Warehouse.
This area consists of three buildings. The "Chikyukan," which was the setting for "Ears to the Sky," the "Cat's Office," which appears in "Neko no Ongyo" (The Cat Returns), and the "Elevator Tower. They were built using existing elevators.
The eye-catching design of the elevator tower is based on the imaginary scientific world of the late 19th century as represented in "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" and "Howl's Moving Castle. Located at the northern entrance of Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, it is freely accessible to all.
The Cat's Office, which appears in "The Cat's Favor," is a one-story wooden building built in the size of a cat. What is in the red mailbox at ......? One of the best parts of exploring Ghibli Park is actually being able to open the mailboxes and drawers to see what is inside.
If you look inside through the window, you will see Baron and Muta relaxing.
In "Ears to the Future," the main character Shizuku Tsukishima arrives by chance at a store called "Chikyoku-ya," which repairs and sells antique furniture and watches. In front of the Earth Store, there is a rotary square and Himalayan cedars just like in the movie, giving the illusion that you are actually in the world of "Ears to the Future.
Seiji's bicycle with its high saddle and jacket! You can also go down the stairs to the first floor where Seiji guided Shizuku.
Entering through the main entrance is the second floor. Antique furniture, a karakuri clock, dolls and wooden horses are placed here. When the hands of the karakuri clock point to 00 minutes and 30 minutes, the clock starts moving as in the play, and visitors can see the story of a tragic love. Incidentally, the clock here is intentionally set 5 minutes behind.
Baron sits in the center. You can look into his sparkling eyes. The globe store sells postcards and stamps, which can be bought and used to send letters from the postbox in Rotary Square.
On the first floor is the workshop where Seiji learned violin making as an apprentice. The instruments are lined up in rows, and you can almost hear the music from "Country Road"!
There is also a handwritten notebook detailing violin making.
The Chikyuya seen from the back. From the terrace, you can see the Expo 2005 Aichi Memorial Park.
After visiting the Chikyûya and leaving the hill of youth, you will pass the tunnel where Shizuku wandered in her dream.
Fifteen newly installed benches in Expo '70 Commemorative Park are decorated with objects resembling relics of characters from Ghibli's works. Take a commemorative photo or just hang out!Dondoko no Mori
A 20-minute drive from the Ghibli Grand Warehouse is Dondoko no Mori, a Showa-era-inspired area centered around Satsuki and May's house from "My Neighbor Totoro. The name "Dondoko" comes from the "Dondoko Odori" dance performed by Satsuki and Totoro to pray for the germination of the seeds they planted.
Satsuki and May's House, the private house where the sisters from "My Neighbor Totoro" live, was built as a pavilion for the 2005 Aichi Expo and will remain open to the public in Ghibli Park. It took about 18 months to build the real house, based on Showa-era architecture and Showa-era lifestyle, to match the film's setting.
Even the "rotting" columns that Satsuki and Mei were swinging from!
Take off your shoes and enter the Kusakabe family residence through the front door.
In the kitchen there is a well and an oven.
The bath where the family of three enjoyed bathing together.
The well is located near the kitchen door.
The father's study. It is filled with books.
Clogs and acorns on the porch!
Dad's bicycle is also parked here.
There is a bus stop in front of the house.
The path to the summit behind Satsuki and Mei's house. The summit is almost here.
At the summit, there is a 5-meter-high wooden playground called "Dondoko-do" in the shape of Totoro. Children under elementary school age can enter and play inside. There is a walking trail on the top of the mountain where visitors can enjoy the rich nature of the "Dondoko no Mori" forest. At the "Dondoko-do" rest stop at the entrance of "Dondoko Forest," visitors can purchase seasonal goods such as beverages, sweets, umbrellas, hats, and tenugui hand towels, as well as original goods such as omikuji and key chains at the "Dondoko Store" on top of the mountain.
A new area focusing on the "World of Princess Mononoke" is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023, and a third area will open in March 2024. In this area, visitors will be able to enjoy buildings from movies featuring witches, such as "The Witch's Delivery Service," "Howl's Moving Castle," and "Arya and the Witch.