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Basic information of the 2nd phase of Ghibli Park, “Valley of Witches” area

Basic information of the 2nd phase of Ghibli Park, "Valley of Witches" area Pre Open
Basic information of the 2nd phase of Ghibli Park, "Valley of Witches" area

Images of the second phase of the Ghibli Park opening area were released on February 9, 2023.

An overview of the area under construction for the second phase is presented on a separate page.

Images of the 2nd phase opening areas of Ghibli Park have been released
Images of the second phase of Ghibli Park opening areas were unveiled on February 9, 2023. Aichi Governor Omura introduc...

I was at Ghibli Park the other day and caught a glimpse of the buildings under construction behind the walls, so I took some photos.

The building I photographed this time is the one in the Valley of Witches area, and in addition to this article I will also give an overview of it.

It’s hard to say what the bottom of the building looks like hidden behind the walls, but I didn’t expect the top of the building to be so well done at this stage.

What are your impressions?

What is  “Valley of Witches” area?

As already announced, the “Valley of Witches” area is scheduled to open a little later than the “Mononoke Vilage(Mononoke no Sato)” area.

It was scheduled to open within the fiscal year 2023, which is the fiscal year of Japanese local governments (from the beginning of April of each fiscal year to the end of March of the following year).

Although a slight delay is expected, it is scheduled to open by the end of 2024, although it will exceed March, the end of the fiscal year.

What is  "Witchy Valley" area?

What is  “Valley of Witches” area? 

This image shows the main structure of the Valley of the Witches, themed on “Howl’s Moving Castle”.

Even from a distance, it stood out quite prominently. The impact was also large, and people on the street were marveling at it when it caught their eyes. *Me too ^^;

It is a natural reaction for those who have seen “Howl’s Moving Castle.

Expectations are high for the opening.

“Valley of Witches” is the largest facility in Ghibli Park

As you will see when you visit, it is located on a gently sloping hillside overlooking a large plaza and pond.

Flowers that bloom from spring to fall are distributed throughout the park, and it has always been a popular place for residents, as children can play to their heart’s content.

Photographed from the "Witchy Valley" area toward the Elevator Tower and the "Hill of Youth"

Photographed from the “Valley of Witches” area toward the Elevator Tower and the “Hill of Youth”

It is designed to look like a European-style space, and is larger than the Ghibli Grand Warehouse, the Hill of Youth, and the Dondoko Forest areas that are already open, as well as the “Village of Mononoke,” which is scheduled to open a short time ago.

For reference, here is a chart comparing the size of all five areas of Ghibli Park.

Comparison of Ghibli Park opening areas

Area Thematic works surface area
Ghibli’s Grandware House Various 0.8ha
Hill of Youth 14:00~ *If there is a check-in time set for each accommodation plan, that time will be given priority. 0.8ha
Dondoko Forest ” My Neighbor Totoro” 1.8ha
 Mononoke Village “Princess Mononoke” 0.8ha
Valley of Witches “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “Earwig and the Witch” 2.9ha !

The list shows that the “Valley of Witches” area is by far the largest area.

It is more than three times the size of “Ghibli’s Grandware House,” so it is unlikely to be crowded. I hope that the additional area will make it easier to obtain tickets by spreading them out.


“Valley of Witches” Facilities Overview

As noted in the table above, the “Valley of Witches” area is themed around three Studio Ghibli films.

According to Aichi Prefecture, which announced the plan, the “Valley of Witches” area is designed to be “a complex space for exhibition, play, and rest through the experience of Studio Ghibli’s works.

Howl's Moving Castle (film) - Wikipedia
Kiki's Delivery Service - Wikipedia
Earwig and the Witch - Wikipedia

List of facilities to be built in “Valley of Witches”

There are six facilities planned for construction in Valley of Witches.

The most notable is “Howl’s Castle,” but the popular Kiki and Gigi facilities are also expected to be a hot topic.

The restaurant building will be located in this area, which is also great news.

We are sure that the restaurant will offer a wide variety of dishes and sweets that are sure to entertain us.

Facility Name Overview total floor space Building Configuration
Howl’s Castle

A castle shaped like the creature from “Howl’s Moving Castle,” including a living room with a large fireplace and Howl’s bedroom.

289m2 Reinforced concrete, 2 stories
Hatter Hat Shop Representation of the workshop in Sophie’s “Hatter Hat Shop,” the main character in “Howl’s Moving Castle. 299m2 Wooden 2 stories
Okino Mansion

Reproduction of Kiki’s room and the witch’s store in the “Okino Mansion” where Kiki, the main character in “The Witch’s Delivery Service,” grew up

256m2 Wooden 2 stories
Guchoki Bakery Reproduction of the attic of the “Guchoki Bakery” where Kiki, the main character in “The Witch’s Delivery Service,” and Gigi, the black cat, live. 210m2 Wooden 2 stories
Witch’s House

Reproduction of the witch’s workroom and Arya’s bedroom in the “Witch’s House” where Earwig, the main character in the movie “Earwig and the Witch,” is taken in.

210m2 Wooden 2 stories
Restaurant Building Details are unknown at this time 956m2 Reinforced concrete & Wooden 2 stories

Other playground equipment is also planned, but details have not been disclosed.

Restaurant building under construction in the “Valley of Witches” area

Besides the “Howl’s Castle,” the restaurant building is the only other building that can be seen from the outside.

As you can see in the photo, it will have a European design with a brick look.

Restaurant building under construction in the “Valley of Witches” area

Restaurant building under construction in the “Valley of Witches” area

However, it is more like the atmosphere of the Meiji and Taisho periods in Japan about 150 years ago.

During this period, Japan was rapidly modernizing by actively adopting European culture.

Meiji era - Wikipedia

What I remembered was Katakura Hall in Nagano Prefecture. This place is located near Lake Suwa, which is famous for its hot springs. lol


I’m getting a little sidetracked here, but I think it’s time to end this article.

The “Valley of Witches” area is a few minutes walk from the “Great Warehouse of Ghibli”

The “Valley of Witches” area is just a few minutes walk from the “Ghibli’s Big Warehouse” area.

When this large area is completed, it will be easier to get tickets to Ghibli Park….

Or rather, I hope so. It is too difficult to get tickets as it is now.

My personal opinion is that it would be nice if the restaurant building could be opened not only to visitors of the “Valley of Witches” area, but also to those without tickets.

I think this is because there are so many people asking about not being able to get a ticket.

In any case, I too am looking forward to the completion of this area where many people can enter.

Thank you for reading to the end.



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