Japan will host a new theme park in 2022 made by Studio Ghibli-founder Hayao Miyazaki. The 200-hectare plot will be transformed into a number of Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastical worlds and will include rides from My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke.
Only a basic plan of the park has been released and the first mockups feature a Victorian-era house from Howl’s Moving Castle shrouded in trees and a Princess Mononoke village surrounded by forest trails and large green areas. The theme park also promises the Big Ghibli Playhouse, which will include a children’s playground, exhibition areas and small cinemas for film screenings.
Japanese government has announced that the new attractive will be located in Aichi prefecture near Nagoya, and follows the hugely-popular Ghibli Museum situated on the outskirts of Tokyo.
Studio Ghibli is one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios. Miyazaki, the mastermind behind timeless classics like ‘Princess Mononoke’ and 'Castle In The Sky’, is considered one of the most successful animators of his time. His movie, ‘Spirited Away’, won the Oscar for best animated film in 2003, the first Japanese film to receive such an award. Miyazaki went into retirement in 2014, marking a sad time for the animation world. However, last year he announced he would be making one final film,
Goro the Caterpillar, to be released in 2019 or 2020.