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Japan's Ghibli Park tickets to be sold on 1st-come, 1st-served basis for Feb. onward

The Chikyu-ya store recreated from the film "Whisper of the Heart" is seen in the Hill of Youth area of Ghibli Park in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, on Oct. 12, 2022. (Mainichi/Koji Hyodo) (c) Studio Ghibli

NAGOYA -- Anyone hoping to dive headfirst into the fantastical anime worlds of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and his collaborators at the new Studio Ghibli theme park in Aichi Prefecture will have to be quick off the mark, as admissions from February 2023 on are switching exclusively to a first-come, first-served model, the prefecture announced on Oct. 24.

    The prefectural government also revealed that it is preparing to begin selling tickets to individual visitors from abroad from mid-January next year.

    Ghibli Park is slated to open on Nov. 1 in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture. Tickets for admissions from November 2022 through January 2023 have been on sale two ways: advance ticketing by lottery, and first-come, first-served. However, the park says that its ticket sales operation is now stable enough to move to the latter method only.

    Furthermore, the park will stop selling tickets to the Hill of Youth area alone. It has hitherto sold separate tickets for each of its three areas, but many prospective visitors, most of them hoping to come to the park from distant parts, have reportedly sent messages saying that they want to see multiple areas in a single day. So from February onwards, admissions to the smaller Hill of Youth area will be combined with ones for the main Ghibli's Grand Warehouse zone. The set of tickets to the two areas will be priced at 3,500 yen (about $24) for adults and 1,750 yen (roughly $12) for elementary school children and younger on weekends and holidays.

    (Japanese original by Shiho Sakai, Nagoya News Department)

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