Information has been released about the Studio Ghibli theme park that is planned to be built in Nagakute, Aichi, Japan.
Fans of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese film studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, creators of many world-renowned animated films including Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’, are eagerly-awaiting the opening of the theme park.
Concept sketches of what the new park will look like have been released by the local Aichi government. The plans reveal the theme park will be home to five sections, based on different parts of the Ghibli canon.
Large buildings feature on the drawings, each of which is centred on a scene from Studio Ghibli’s most iconic firms, including a miniature town from Kiki’s Delivery Service and a tower based on Howl’s Moving Castle.
The park aims to make visitors feel like they are part of the films, rather than predominantly featuring large rides.
The theme park will be built at the Aichi Commemorative Park in the city of Nagakute. Construction for the first three sections will start in 2020 with the building of the remaining two areas beginning the following year.
The first three sections of the Studio Ghibli theme park are due to open to the public in 2022 with the last two opening in 2023.