Studio Ghibli Announces My Neighbor Totoro-Themed Park in Japan

Posted June 02, 2017

The tentatively named Ghibli Park is slated to open in the early 2020s in the city of Nagakute, east of here. Chunichu Web reported yesterday (in a piece translated by Anime News Network) that Studio Ghibli plans to let fans explore Totoro's world in a park set to open in Japan in 2020.

Omura said Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki agreed to the plan at a meeting Wednesday, saying the prefecture and Studio Ghibli will hammer out the details, including the size and who will run it, and solicit other companies to join the project.

The park is expected to recreate worlds born from Studio Ghibli films, but My Neighbor Totoro will be the main focus. The timing isn't a coincidence, as the studio's goal is to create and open the park before Tokyo's Summer Olympics commences. The space was previously the site of the 2005 World Expo. The tourist attraction was debuted back in 2005 for the World's Fair.

Perhaps coincidentally, Fathom Studios is bringing My Neighbor Totoro to select theaters in the US later in June as part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017.

Moricoro Park was the location of the 2005 Love Earth Expo, and it is also now hosts "Satsuki and Mei's House", a life-size reproduction of the residence the main human characters of My Neighbor Totoro. The studio has a Ghibli Museum in Mitaka where fans can visit interactive exhibits based on Studio Ghibli movies and watch short films.