by Alleef Ashaari in

Studio Ghibli is one of the most famous animation studios in the world, and just like Disney, they will soon be opening their own theme park. It will officially open to the public on 1 November 2022 (via Twitter).

The park is being built within the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park, near Nagoya in Central Japan on a site that is 200 hectares (494 acres). The project is a 34 billion Yen (US$295 million) joint venture involving Studio Ghibli, the government of Aichi Prefecture and the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper. Construction began in 2019 and Studio Ghibli is handling the creative side of the project.

The park will reportedly feature five themed areas. The area based on My Neighbor Totoro will be the first to open. Two more areas — one themed around Princess Mononoke, while another inspired by Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle will open sometime next year.

Local media in Japan are reporting that there will be rides, but not high thrill attractions like large-scale rollercoasters. Studio Ghibli wants it to be a more natural and nature-friendly park that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Check out my review of their latest movie, Earwig And The Witch, by heading over here.

See below for the full lineup of Studio Ghibli films available on Netflix:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

  • Castle in the Sky (1986)

  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

  • Only Yesterday (1991)

  • Porco Rosso (1992)

  • Ocean Waves (1993)

  • Pom Poko (1994)

  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)

  • Princess Mononoke (1997)

  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

  • Spirited Away (2001)

  • The Cat Returns (2002)

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

  • Tales from Earthsea (2006)

  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)

  • Arrietty (2010)

  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

  • The Wind Rises (2013)

  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

  • When Marnie Was There (2014)

  • Earwig and the Witch (2020)


Aspiring writer. Born in Amsterdam, raised in Malaysia. Comics are my passion. A gamer and science fiction enthusiast. PSN: AlleefAshaari
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