As the park is about to celebrate its anniversary, Ghibli Park is opening a Princess Mononoke Village area tomorrow, November 1!
Ghibli Park opened in November last year, and it has since become a major tourist destination for both locals and international tourists alike. When the park opened, it featured three themed areas: Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, Hill of Youth, and Dondoko Forest. These areas are inspired by various Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and more.
Tomorrow, Ghibli Park is finally opening its next themed area called Mononoke Village. As its name implies, this area is inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film, Princess Mononoke.
This area will feature recreations of the film’s iconic creatures, as well as a village that’s styled after Irontown and Emishi Village. Aside from photo-ops, fans can enjoy some special activities at the village and buy some exclusive merch.
Ahead of its opening, several Japanese press outlets were given a tour of the area and allowed to take some videos. Here’s a peek inside:
After the opening of Mononoke Village, the park will also gear up to open its fifth themed area called Valley of Witches. As you may have guess, this area is inspired by Kiki’s Delivery Service. It will open in March 2024.
Ghibli Park is located in Nagakute, a city that’s located fairly near Nagoya. Yes, this means Ghibli Park isn’t located in Tokyo, meaning if you fly into Tokyo, you’ll need to take a Shinkansen to get there.
As for tickets, they’re available via Lawson Ticket through the Ghibli website. Though take note that tickets are only released in limited quantities for international tourists and are made available months in advance, so you’ll need to be fast to get them as soon as they are released.