Cover Set to open in November this year, Studio Ghibli's new park will include a real-life recreation of Howl's Moving Castle (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Ghibli)

After much anticipation, Studio Ghibli has announced that its namesake theme park will open on November 1. Aside from a life-size replica of Howl’s Moving Castle, the park also features attractions inspired by other iconic Ghibli films for fans to visit

This article was originally published on February 8, 2021 and was updated on January 28, 2022.


Fans of Hayao Miyazaki rejoice: Japan’s much-anticipated Studio Ghibli theme park will open its door to the world on November 1, the animation giant's official Twitter account announced. 

Aside from the tweet, which was posted with an image of the lovely Totoro, the studio also shared a series of photos of attractions that are currently under construction, accompanied by a teaser video showcasing famous landmarks in Japan's Aichi Prefecture, where the park is located. 

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The park will feature five sections that were revealed in the concept art released last year. Three of the areas—Youth Hill, Ghibli Large Warehouse and Dondoko Forest—will open in November. While the remaining two, Witch Valley and Mononoke's Village, will open in 2023. All these attractions are inspired by the studio’s most famous films, and will blend with the surrounding greenery perfectly to immerse visitors in the wonderful world of Ghibli.

In last year's announcement, the studio had also confirmed that the park will feature a life-size replica of Howl’s Moving Castle. Visitors are welcome to explore the interior of the castle as well. 

There's still a while to wait until the park officially opens, but you can always browse and enjoy Studio Ghibli's works on Netflix in the comfort of your home.

Watch the promotional video below and keep an eye on Studio Ghibli's website for more updates on the park. 

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