It was announced a few weeks ago that construction work on a Studio Ghibli theme park in Nagakute will begin soon. Construction company Kajima Corporation and Aichi Prefecture announced that construction of the planned Ghibli theme park is scheduled for July 2020. The first groundbreaking ceremony took place at the EXPO 2005 in Moricoro Park, as reported by Japanese media.
Five thematic areas, inspired by Ghibli films
The amusement park is to be built on a lush total area of 200 hectares and is scheduled to open in autumn 2022. Of course, the corresponding areas of the park should be based on the dreamy film templates of the studio.
One area is named “Hill of Youth” – inspired by the film Voice of the Heart, created in 1995 under the direction of Yoshifumi Kondô. Another section is promisingly referred to as “the large Ghibli warehouse”, while visitors to the “Dondoko Forest” will find a replica of the house of the adventurous sisters Satsuki and Mei from My Neighbor Totoro.
An expansion of the range is also planned for 2023. With the »Mononoke Village« visitors should then be able to immerse themselves in the world of Princess Mononoke; Inspired by Kiki’s small delivery service and the moving castle, the planned »Hexental« then pays homage to two more films by director legend Hayao Miyazaki.
Opening date not endangered by Corona
The plans for the construction and opening of the park in the fall of 2022 should, according to the Kajima Corporation, not be endangered despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the planned topics, visitors should be able to discover exhibitions, cafés and play facilities in the amusement park.
Of course, those responsible adhere fully to the principles of Hayao Miyazaki’s templates, which focus on the harmony between people and nature. Accordingly, not a single tree should be felled during the construction work. Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, published pictures of the “groundbreaking” on Twitter:
via Ninotaku, images: Nagoya TV, Studio Ghibli