Tokyo has Disney and Fuji-Q, Osaka has USJ and Kyoto is a cultural paradise, that leaves Nagoya with errr … Lego Land, which apparently is still struggling to increase its attendance rates! So what about Studio Ghibli ?
Luckily for Nagoya, Studio Ghibli has recently announced they will build a new theme park in Aichi Prefecture, nearby Nagoya, inspired by the visionary creator and co-founder of the brand, Hayao Miyazaki.
Of course, Tokyo already has the very popular Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, which is visited by visitors both from both domestic and abroad. However, the site is quite small and with the brand’s growing popularity, especially abroad, Studio Ghibli have realised the potential of building a larger Theme Park.
Studio Ghibli’s talented Miyazaki is famous for his animated marvel ‘Spirited Away’, which one an Oscar for best picture back in 2003. Other world-renowned titles include ‘My Neighbour Totoro’, ‘Princess Mononoke’ and ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ to name a few, most of which will see their world’s re-created in the upcoming site.
Planned designs for the park include forest trails, rides and attractions which take their roots directly from some of Miyazaki’s most famous works. Proposed designs also include tall European-style brick structures, which are common in Miyazaki’s works. Additionally, Spider and Boar shaped apparitions will also feature in the park, symbolic of Japan’s mythology.
The local government has designated the 2005 Commemorative Expo Park in Nagakute City for the new site. Construction will commence shortly, with the project expecting to be completed by 2022.