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A visit to Satsuki and Mei’s House (My Neighbor Totoro)

Getting into the Satsuki and Mei’s house is living up your imagination into reality. Once watching My Neighbor Totorothe house will be very familiar to you. Put a careful attention in every single details of the house and they will make you recall each moment from this remarkable masterpiece of Studio Ghibli.

The house itself located in a large park n Nagakute, the site of  Aichi Expo 2005 (It is the same expo like the World Expo 2010 in Beijing and Milan Expo 2015).  The park is about 30-45 minutes drive from Nagoya Station. If using the local train, take the subway Higashiyama Line from Nagoya Station to Fujigaoka Station and from there, change to ‘Linimo’, the magnetic train, to Aichiyuhakukinenkoen.

Reservation is necessary to visit the house, especially in the peak time (i.e weekend or National holiday). On-site reservation is also possible, with first come-first-serve basis. You will be given an ID-tag with your scheduled visiting time written on it and also some explanation of the rules. Unfortunately, there is no souvenir shop but a postcard will be given for free.  \(^o^)/

The house was recreated to be as close as appears in the movie. The unique feature is the aging treatment. All parts of the house and furniture are treated to look old, antique and “rustic”. Moreover, the house is also equipped with the  household appliances and personal items of the family members. Visitors can open the closets and will be surprised with what they will find inside. This kind of treatment is really livin’ up our imagination!

So, if you travel to Japan and plan to stop by at Nagoya. Please give a visit to this house, especially if you are a big fan of Studio Ghibli.

A beautiful lake inside the park. Entering the park is free of charge.

A beautiful lake inside the park. Entering the park is free of charge.

Kind of Japanese garden. I really like the transition between water and land...

A kind of Japanese garden. I really like the transition between water and land…

We met Kame-san! It was the beginning of summer season so maybe he want to have sunbathing.. :9

We met Kame-san! It was the beginning of summer season so maybe he went out for sunbathing.. :9

Nakaura-san stepped on the rock and he attracted attention of the fish. Can you find the mentioned fish?

Nakaura-san stepped on the rock and he attracted attention of the fish. Can you spot the fish in this photo?

We were given a free postcards and also the brochures containing the information of the house

We got free postcards and also the brochures containing the information of the house

The scheduled visiting time is written in the ID tag. We arrived there at 15:00 so we need to wait for 30 minutes.

The scheduled visiting time is written in the ID tag. We arrived there at 15:00 so we need to wait for 30 minutes.

Some rules when visiting the house. One of them is that we cannot take any picture from inside the house. Some rooms can be enjoyed from outside. In this case, taking photograph of that room is allowed.

The rules for visiting the house is written on the other side of ID tag. One of them is that we cannot take any photo from inside the house. However ,some rooms can be enjoyed from outside. In this situation, we can take photograph of those rooms.

The guide gave a brief explanation to the visitors (in Japanese)

The guide gave a brief explanation to the visitors (in Japanese). She gave us a challenge to find a secret door inside the house.

We finally reached the house!

And……. we finally reached the house!

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The floor plan of the house

'Kusakabe'

‘Kusakabe’

It was June, so with the calendar. I think Mei-chan drew the picture on it.

It was June, so with the calendar. I think Mei-chan drew the picture on it.

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We visited the house in summer so the house is in the summer mode. It has different setting depending on the season. I would like to visit the house in other seasons, especially in winter!

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Dad’s bicycle

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Mei-chan’s water color set.

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Some personal stuffs of the family.

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Dad’s wooden sandals

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Grow grow go grow the plant~

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Not to forget the remarkable bus stop where Satsuki and Mei were waiting for the bus with Totoro.

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Ito-kun tried hard to pump the water.. 😀

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The guide nicely took a photo of us through the hole of a bucket.

The bucket! it has the hole on the bottom, exactly like in the movie!
The bucket! it has a hole on its bottom, exactly like in the movie!

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This photo was taken from the viewing deck. This resembles the view of Totoro to the house. Amazing!


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