A full-scale replica of the house from the cult movie ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli is now open for visitors. The story is set in the 1950s, which obviously reflects on the architecture of the house. The movie came out in 1988 and since then it only grew in popularity. To this day children, adults and adults that were children at the time of the release are admiring Miyazaki’s animated creation from the bottom of their heart. It’s no wonder this replica came to life. Now open to visitors, originally this replica was built in 2005, as a part of the 2005 World’s Fair in Aichi Commemorative Park, Nagakute, Japan. 15 years later the house that was designed by Miyazaki’s son Goro is finally getting the attention it deserves. Visitors are allowed to explore the house just like the sisters from the movie did when they first entered. Besides a few rules regarding taking photos, you can do anything you wish. One happy visitor shared her happy experience: “The shaky pillar, the pail with a hole, the bathtub, the well… all little details like books, toys, the schoolbag, furniture are well taken care of. It seems like the sisters will be running around the house or laughing out in the bathtub. Even the tap is working. And we can pump water from the well. We can touch everything and open every drawer.”
More info: Trip Advisor.
You can explore everything in the house, open every drawer, pump water from the well, run and touch everything just like the sisters did when they arrived.
Located in Aichi Commemorative Park, Nagakute, Japan
All animated pictures credits: Studio Ghibli
Visitors are allowed to pump water from the well
Almost Identical Furnishings, Exterior, And Interior
‘My Neighbor Totoro’ was created by Hayao Miyazaki and this real-life replica of the house from the movie was designed by his son Goro back in 2005