With countries around the world opening up their boarders, one of the most anticipated countries to visit for many is Japan.
Singaporeans especially love the Land of the Rising Sun for its amazing food, culture and scenery. Oh, and let’s not forget the cooling weather too.
If you are an anime fan and plan to go to Japan soon, we have good news for you because Studio Ghibli’s Ghibli Park is set to open its doors on 1 Nov.
For those who are unsure of who or what Studio Ghibli is, they are the creators of many amazing anime movies such as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Will Only be Partially Opened
The huge theme park located in Nagoya features many large open-air areas that emphasises on nature and the outdoors, similar to Studio Ghibli’s works.
However, when planning your visit, be sure to take note that the theme park will only open three out of five of its sections as the rest is still undergoing construction.
The other two sections will be completed by 2023, so if you want to get the full experience, we suggest you visit then.
The theme park cost S$332 million and five and a half years to build.
Japan hopes that this theme park can draw tourists as well as local visitors to Aichi prefecture.
What to Expect at the Theme Park
The three sites that’ll open during opening day are the Ghibli Grand Warehouse, the Hill of Youth and Dondoko Forest.
One of the main attractions of the park is Studio Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, the hangar-like indoor section of the park that allows visitors to stroll along an alley designed to look like the opening scene of Spirited Away, and the carriage which contains Spirited Away’s “No Face” character.
There is also a cinema where visitors can view 10 Studio Ghibli films in rotation.
The Hill of Youth serves as the entrance to the park and features the elevator tower that is seen in many Studio Ghibli films, such as Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Ghibli enthusiasts will also be able to explore a real-life version of the antique shop depicted in Whisper of the Heart, featuring a stunning view over the entire park.
The Dondoko Forest will feature a one-to-one recreation of the house from My Neighbour Totoro.
The two other attractions, Mononoke’s Village and the Valley of Witches, will open to the public in 2023.
Getting Tickets for the Theme Park
Tickets are available between 1,000 yen (S$9.77) to 2,500 yen (S$24.44) per adult.
However, do note that each area require its own ticket, so if you want to visit two areas, you would have to buy a ticket each for the respective area.
One more thing to note is that the tickets can only be obtained through a lottery system.
If you are interested, you can try entering the lottery on Ghibli Park’s website, which has to be done two to three months prior to the date you plan to visit.
Don’t worry if you didn’t win the lottery, there will also be tickets for sale after the lottery as Lawson Convenience stores on the 10th of each month.
This however, is subjected to availability and is on a first come first serve basis.
And if you didn’t win the lottery but have bought a ticket to Japan? Come back again, my friend.
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