|Hours||8:30 - 15:15 (Must enter at the time on your ticket)|
|Website||Satsuki and Mei's House (Japanese)|
|Holidays||Monday or day after holiday.|
|Entry||Adults 500 yen
Elementary 250 yen
Tickets can be reserved in advance or a limited number are avialable on the day.
|Access||[Car] The park has a large number of pay parking lots.
[Train] From Nagoya Station, take the tousan subway line and transfer to the Linmo monorail at Fuji-ga-oka Station. Get off at Ai-Chikyuhakukinen-kouen station.
Satsuki and Mei's House
Aichi Prefecture has reopened parts of the grounds used for Expo 2005 Aichi Japan as part of a large recreation and sports park. Satsuki and Mei's House (サツキとメイの家) was one the most popular pavilions during the expo and is the only one still running as part of the new Ai - World Fair Memorial Park. The attraction brings to life the fictional house where main characters, Satsuki and Mei, stay at in the movie My Neighbor Totoro.
The main message of Expo 2005 Aichi Japan was the need to listen to "Nature's Wisdom" and create a future in harmony with nature. By coincidence, the movie, My Neighbor Totoro, embodies that same spirit and, almost 20 years after its release, it is still an immensely popular movie in Japan. It seems the expo planners saw fit to include in the Expo's forest zone something of a monument to the influence the movie has had.
To the delight of many, the film's director, Hayao Miyazaki, was given the opportunity to actually build the house that Satsuki and Mei set off for all their adventures in the movie as part of the Expo. The house remains a popular destination numerous years after the Expo.
The house is a faithful reproduction down to the finest detail of the 1950's Showa-era house. It's realistic small size has caused enormous ticketing headaches as only a handful of people can visit it at a time. Even at the height of its popularity, only around 800 people could tour it per day. Each group gets 30 minutes which is divided evenly between the inside and outside.
Even if you can't get tickets, the main path goes past the house and there is a viewing platform overlooking the house. The expo museum is worth a look as well.
If you live outside Japan then your best bet is to pick a weekday and go early enough to get same-day tickets. Ticket sales start at 8:30 and the house is closed on Mondays. Weekends and holidays are still fully booked.
Ai - World Fair Memorial Park has a number of large parking lots with very reasonable rates located near the Linmo station and another lot to the west of the park.
From Nagoya Station, take the eastbound tousan subway line to Fuji-ga-oka Station and transfer to the Linmo monorail. Get off at Ai-Chikyuhakukinen-kouen Station.
Submitted by mbystedt on Sat, 04/09/2011 - 21:09