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Stunned fans spot ‘Hayao Miyazaki’ strolling around Ghibli Park in news report

  • Izumi Pao, a Hayao Miyazaki impersonator for over 15 years, became an instant celebrity at Ghibli Park during its opening day on Nov. 1.
  • Ghibli fans watching local news coverage of the opening were perplexed after the long-time Miyazaki impersonator was shown walking around the park.
  • The park was announced in 2017, and construction began in 2020.

A Hayao Miyazaki impersonator has left many fans scratching their heads after local news coverage of the recently opened Ghibli Park showed him walking around the park last week.

The long-time impersonator, later identified as Izumi Pao on Twitter, was briefly spotted by TBS News Dig outside the Grand Warehouse entrance on Nov. 1, the park’s opening day.

Tickets for Ghibli Park in Japan now on sale

  • Studio Ghibli fans can now purchase tickets for the new Ghibli Park in Japan.
  • The theme park will feature attractions and exhibits from various Studio Ghibli films, including “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
  • Ghibli Park is located in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park.
  • Three of the five planned areas will be ready by the park’s scheduled opening in November.

Tickets for the grand opening of Japan’s Ghibli Park in November are now available for purchase.

The tickets can be purchased through Ghibli Park’s official website. Tickets may not be purchased on the day of the park’s opening, Nov. 1, so reservations will be required. Admission fees for each area of the park are listed on the website as well.

Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi reunite to create a beautifully animated and scored trailer for Ghibli Park

  • As preparations for the grand opening of the highly anticipated Ghibli Park are ramping up, the acclaimed animation studio shared a trailer for the park on Twitter.
  • The clip depicts a host of some of the most beloved Studio Ghibli characters riding the Cat Train, which was inspired by the Cat Bus that appears in the film “My Neighbor Totoro.”
  • The trailer, orchestrated by legendary composer Joe Hisaishi and animated by none other than Hayao Miyazaki, assures Ghibli fans that all are welcome and encourages them to “take their time coming.”
  • The first three sections of the park — Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, the Hill of Youth and Dondoko Forest — are scheduled to open on Nov. 1, while the second phase of the park will open in 2023 with areas inspired by Ghibli classics “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Princess Mononoke.”

As preparations for the grand opening of the highly anticipated Ghibli Park are ramping up, the acclaimed animation studio shared a trailer for the park on Twitter. 

Clocking in at 15 seconds, the clip depicts a host of some of the most beloved Studio Ghibli characters — including No-Face and Totoro — riding the Cat Train, which was inspired by the friendly Cat Bus that appears in the film “My Neighbor Totoro.”

Here’s how to get free tickets to the Studio Ghibli theme park’s preview event in October

  • The Ghibli Park in Japan will be holding a preview event in October for which guests will have the opportunity to receive a free ticket through a lottery based booking system.
  • On Oct. 16, 15, 21 and 23, guests can enter three of the park’s five areas — Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Large Warehouse — free of charge.
  • The park will be reserved for Aichi residents on Oct. 15 and 23 while Oct. 16 and 21 will be available to everyone.
  • Applications will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on July 15 and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. on July 22.

Studio Ghibli fans now have the opportunity to receive a free ticket for the pre-opening preview event at the Studio Ghibli theme park located in Japan’s Aichi prefecture. 

The theme park is set to officially open its doors on Nov. 1; however, a special preview event will be held on Oct. 15, 16, 21 and 23. Guests will have access to three of the park’s five areas — Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Large Warehouse — and may enter a lottery-based booking system to receive free admission. 

Studio Ghibli theme park announces ticket prices and online reservation procedure

  • The Studio Ghibli theme park in Japan, currently under construction, announced its admission ticket prices and online reservation procedures on Friday. 
  • The Hill of Youth, Dondoko Forest and Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse museum-like attractions will be the park’s first sections to open.
  • Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will cost 2,000 yen (about $15) for adults and 1,000 yen (about $8) for children during weekdays.
  • During the weekends, Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse will be slightly more expensive at a price of 2,500 yen (about $19) for adults and 1,250 yen ( about $10) for children. 
  • Dondoko Forest and Hill of Youth will cost 1,000 yen (about $8) for adults and 500 yen (about $4) for children.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance through Ghibli's online reservation system, and the ticket will only be valid for the selected reservation date.
  • Although the entire theme park will not be ready, the first three areas are set to open on Nov. 1.

The Studio Ghibli theme park, which is currently under construction in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, announced on Friday ticket prices for its first three sections as well as its online reservation policy. 

Although the theme park is set to open on Nov. 1, only three sections will be open to the public. This includes the museum-like Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse; Dondoko Forest, the location of Mei and Satsuki’s house in “My Neighbor Totoro;” and Hill of Youth, which will feature locations seen in “Whisper of the Heart” and “The Cat Returns.”