Construction is finally set to begin on the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli Theme Park. Once complete, it will feature five different areas based on the works of animation director Hayao Miyazaki, including “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”
The park, which was originally planned to open in 2020, has been pushed back until 2022. However, even with the current situation, the park is planned for a 2022 release with no further delays. The park will be located in Nagakute City near Nagoya in Aichi prefecture. There is already an area for the film My Neighbor Totoro located in the park, where visitors can see a replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house from the iconic Ghibli film.
While the park is planned to open in 2022, the prefectural government says only three areas will begin. The remaining two areas, based on “Princess Mononoke” and “Kiki`s Delivery Service,” will be finished by 2024. Once fully completed, Aichi prefecture estimates around 1.8 million visitors per year.