The enchanting world of Ghibli park is all set to undergo expansion, as announced on its official website on July 20, 2023. The announcement states that two new areas, “Mononoke Village” and “Valley of Witches,” will soon become part of the amusement park’s “phase two”.
“Mononoke Village” is set to open on Nov 1, 2023, while “Valley of Witches” will open on March 16, 2024.
To commemorate the announcement, the website also provided fans with a peek into the upcoming areas by revealing the concept images and its description. Check them out below:
Mononoke Village is described as an area that portrays the traditional Japanese satoyama scenery depicted in “Princess Mononoke.” The experiential learning facility called “Tataraba” is inspired by the buildings within the film, offering visitors the chance to make the local specialty dish “Gohei-mochi”. The area also features attractions such as a slide shaped like “Okkoto-Nushi” and an exhibit of the “Tatari God,” which are sure to capture the attention of visitors.
- “Mononoke Village” will be open from Nov 1, 2023, to Feb 12, 2024, and can be accessed with a combined ticket including entry to “Ghibli’s Warehouse.”
- Additional fees apply for the “Gohei-Mochi” cooking experience, which is separate from the ticket price.
- The slide featuring “Ototokunushi” is only available for use by elementary school students (up to 12 years old).
“Valley of Witches”
“Valley of Witches” is described as an area that embodies the world of works centered around witches, offering a European-style atmosphere. Visitors can savour the ambiance while exploring buildings like “Okino House” and “Guchokipanya Bakery” from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Howl’s Castle” and “Hatter’s Hat Shop” from “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “Witch’s House” from “Earwig and the Witch.” The area also features playgrounds and restaurants for added enjoyment.
Detailed information regarding facilities and ticketing will be provided at a later date.
Ghibli Park is a theme park in Nagakute, Aichi, Japan. It opened on 1 November 2022 and features attractions based on several of the movies produced by Studio Ghibli.
First announced in 2017, with construction starting in 2020, the park is located within the grounds of the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park. The park will cover 7.1 ha (18 acres) when it is fully complete.