If you are a big Ghibli fan, the newly opened Ghibli Park (ジブリパーク) is probably at the top of your bucket list. The theme park is where you can meet the characters in classic Ghibli films, such as Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro and Yubaba from Spirited Away! But the problem is you can’t just turn up on the day. Like the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Ghibli Park tickets must be purchased in advance, and they sell fast! So read on for all the methods to obtain a Ghibli Park ticket!
A Table of Contents
- A Brief Introduction to Ghibli Park
- Ghibli Park’s Admission Ticket Type and Price
- How to Purchase Ghibli Park Ticket
- How to Get to Ghibli Park
A Brief Introduction to Ghibli Park
Ghibli Park is inside the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park (愛・地球博記念公園). The theme park is divided into 5 areas, 3 of which opened in 2022, and the rest are scheduled to open in November 2023 and mid-March 2024.
- Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse (ジブリの大倉庫) is probably the most popular section of Ghibli Park, with previous original Ghibli paintings on display and many animation scenes reproduced.
- Dondoko Forest (どんどこ森) is where you will find Totoro, Satsuki and Mei’s home.
- Visit Hill of Youth (青春の丘) for Howl’s Castle and the World Emporium from Whisper of the Heart.
- Momonoke Village (もののけの里) is inspired by the countryside landscape in Princess Momonoke.
- The area is scheduled to open on the 1st of November, 2023.
- In Valley of Witches (魔女の谷), there are attractions related to Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Earwig and the Witch.
- The area is scheduled to open on the 16th of March, 2024.
Ghibli Park’s Admission Ticket Type and Price
At the moment, Ghibli Park has 3 types of admission tickets. You can only enter the park during the designated time slot on your ticket. The tickets are on sale on the 10th of each month at 2 pm Japan time for the following 3 months.
For example, on the 10th of August, you can purchase tickets up until the end of November.
|Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse + Hill of Youth
|Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse
|Weekend and Public Holiday
|Specified Admission Time
|The admission time for Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse is not specified for the set ticket. Please queue up if there is a line at the gate.
|Dondoko Forest ticket holders are allowed to visit its hiking trails during the opening hours of the park on that day only.
How to Purchase Ghibli Park Ticket
As mentioned, there are 4 ways to purchase the Ghibli Park ticket, including 1 method specially designed for foreign visitors.
- By Using Boo-Woo Ticket (Boo-Wooチケット)
- By Using LAWSON’s Loppi Ticket Machine
- Purchasing Through a Japanese Travel Agent
- Purchasing Through LAWSON Ticket: Specially designed for overseas tourists.
By Using Boo-Woo Ticket (Boo-Wooチケット)
Boo-Woo Ticket is Japan’s Chūbu region‘s art and cultural event ticket-selling website. As the website is in Japanese only and a Japanese phone number is required to register as a member of the website, it is mainly for those who reside in Japan.
- If you have a LAWSON WEB account, Boo-Woo Ticket can capture your LAWSON WEB account details, so you don’t need to fill them in again.
- You can choose between a paper-based ticket or QR CODE.
By Using LAWSON’s Loppi Ticket Machine
LAWSON is a Japanese convenience store chain. Each LAWSON store has a ticket machine called Loppi. As you have to be in Japan to use Loppi, unless you regularly travel to Japan, this isn’t a practicable method for overseas tourists.
- The advantage of Loppi is you don’t need to register to be a member, nor do you need a Japanese phone number to purchase the Ghibli Park ticket.
Purchasing Through a Japanese Travel Agent
If you read Japanese, you can book your trip and purchase the Ghibli Park ticket using a Japanese travel agent, such as JTB, Meiteitsu World Travel (名鉄観光サービス), and Kinki Japan Tourist (近畿日本ツーリスト). While these travel agents might have an English website, Ghibli Park tickets are only sold on their Japanese website.
Purchasing Through LAWSON Ticket
Ghibli Park Official Overseas Ticketing System allows overseas visitors who don’t have a Japanese phone number or can’t read Japanese to purchase Ghibli Park tickets. However, only a few time slots per day are bookable under this method.
- Refer to the official website HERE to make a booking.
- The link to LAWSON Ticket is at the end of the webpage once you select which month(s) you want to book your tickets.
How to Get to Ghibli Park
To get to Ghibli Park, get to JR Nagoya Station first. It takes around 100 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo Station and 50 minutes by bullet train from Shin-Osaka Station. Once you get off the train at Nagoya Station, you can either take Linimo’s tram service or a bus to Ghibli Park.
- Refer to HERE for more information about Linimo, including the tram’s timetable.
- Please get off at Ai・Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen (愛・地球博記念公園).
- If you prefer to take a bus, please take the services bound for Ai・Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen (愛・地球博記念公園) from Meitetsu Bus Center bus stop no. 24 on the 4th floor.
- Refer to Meitetsu’s website HERE to search for the service’s timetable.
If you fly into Nagoya, you can take a bus to Fujigaoka (藤が丘) first and change for services to Ai・Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen (愛・地球博記念公園). Both services are run by Meitetsu Bus.