Studio Ghibli reveals designs for an IRL theme park in Japan

Studio Ghibli

The Tokyo-based animation house has revealed its plans to set up a new amusement park in Japan, bringing co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastical worlds to life from the big screen.

Set to be launched in 2022, the park will be located at the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city, near Nagoya in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture.

A main gate will echo the architecture of 2005’s Howl’s Moving Castle, while fan favourites – such as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Witch Valley will have their own dedicated sections in the park. Furthermore, an antique shop from Whisper of the Heart will be rendered to life, and installations of the animal spirits will be peppered across the site.

Famed for its anime feature films, Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985. In April, co-founder Isao Takahata died age 82.

You can check out the plan here.