Start booking your plane tickets.
Studio Ghibli has confirmed the open date of its long-awaited theme park in Japan.
As THR reports, three areas of the theme park — Youth Hill, based on Howl’s Moving Castle; My Neighbour Totoro’s Dondoko Forest and a Great Ghibli Warehouse — will be open to the public in autumn 2022 (spring in Australia). A year later, the theme park will welcome a Mononoke Village, based on Princess Mononoke, and a Valley of the Witch area, based on both Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.
The theme park was announced in June 2017. Its open date was originally set for 2020, however it has since been pushed back to 2022. The theme park will occupy a massive 494 acres of land in Nagakute City, within the Aichi Prefecture.
Studio Ghibli has said no trees will be cut down to make way for the theme park, in line with director Hayao Miyazaki’s environmental beliefs.
Check out a concept image of the Studio Ghibli theme park below: