4. Totoro House
If you love My Neighbor Totoro, there are two popular locations you have to see to believe.
First is Totoro House, a full-scale, real-life replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house straight out of the movie. Since its construction in 2005 for the World’s Fair, visitors have had amazing experiences exploring the house and finding objects from the film. The amount of detail that went into this recreation is amazing, from drawers filled with little girls’ clothes to a bucket with a hole in the bottom.
5. Totoro Forest
Next is Totoro Forest in the Sayama Hills. This lush forest with breath-taking lake views is a great pace to take a stroll or hike and immerse yourself in nature. Better yet, this is the same forest that inspired where Satsuki and Mei live and first meet the beloved and mystical Totoro.
6. Studio Ghibli Theme Park
A Studio Ghibli themed park will be coming to Japan in 2022. It will be located near Nagoya and feature attractions, forest trails, and rides. Concept art and plans for the park have been released, and they look incredible!
Many Ghibli films have environmental themes, and so much of the nearly 500 acres of land will be preserved. The park will be designed in a way that allows visitors to appreciate nature. There will be an outdoor play area called Princess Mononoke Village, Witch Valley which will be themed after Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as Dondoko Forest, named after the dance Mei and Satsuki perform with Totoro, which will contain the aforementioned Totoro House along with other attractions.
They make us laugh and cry, fill us with hope, and inspire us to fight for what we believe in. Studio Ghibli films have a way of touching our hearts and cementing themselves in our memories. With such stunning animation and uniquely lovable characters, it’s no wonder Studio Ghibli has so many dedicated fans.