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Tickets for Japan’s Ghibli Park will soon be available via an official English website

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    International visitors will be able to purchase Ghibli Park tickets via an official English-language website at the start of 2023.

    Tickets will be made available on Jan. 10, 2023, at 2 p.m. (Japan Standard Time) through Ghibli Park’s official international website for reservations from March 15 to April 30. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will only be valid for the selected date with no exceptions. 

    Tickets for the theme park are currently only available in Japan through Lawson’s Boo-Woo tickets service or with an accommodation package deal from JTB travel agency, according to Time Out.

    Ghibli Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends and holidays, the park operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is closed on Tuesdays unless it is a national holiday, in which case the park will open but will be closed the following weekday. 

    Only tickets for the main section of the park, Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse, are currently listed on the park’s website for international visitors. Visitors will only be allowed in the park during their reserved time slot.

    Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse is an indoor facility that stores artifacts, characters and exhibitions from previous Studio Ghibli movies, including Robot Soldier, Cat Bus and more. 

    International ticketing for the park’s two other areas, Hill of Youth and Dondoko Forest, have not been announced. 

    International ticket prices will be similar to domestic ones. On weekdays, tickets cost 2,000 yen (approximately $15) for adults and 1,000 yen (approximately $8) for children from ages 4 to 12. On weekends, adult tickets cost 2,500 yen (approximately $19) and 1,250 yen (approximately $9) for children. 

    Ghibli Park first opened in November with three open areas to the public. Two additional areas, Mononoke Village and the Valley of Witches, are expected to open after 2023. The park is expected to be around 17.5 acres upon completion. 

    Ghibli Park is located in Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park, less than two hours away from Kyoto by train.

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