Satsuki and Mei are two of the lead characters in the hugely popular anime movie My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki. In the movie, the Kusakabe family moves to a large house in the Japanese countryside from Tokyo.
The magical and spiritual nature of their new home is full of exciting adventures for the two girls, Satsuki and Mei, may be haunted, and stands in counterpoint to the sterility of the city they have just left.
The house from the popular movie was recreated for Expo 2005 in Nagoya and was one of the most popular pavilions. It remains popular still, with hundreds of people, visiting each day, especially at the weekends.
The house was designed by My Neighbor Totoro's director, Hayao Miyazaki, and is a faithful reproduction of a 1950's era Japanese country house down to the smallest details, with a delightful bathroom, study, garden and well.
Arrive early to get a booking or book in advance, each tour of the house lasts 30 minutes and you may have to wait at least an hour to get on one of the 14 daily tours, if you visit hoping for a same-day tour. There is a viewing platform built outside the house to look down on the buildings and gardens, if you can't get in.
Satsuki & Mei's House
Tel: 0561 64 1130; Fax: 0561 61 2150
Admission: 500 yen (adults); 250 yen (children)
Satsuki and Mei's House is situated in the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park. To get there take the Nagoya subway to Fujigaoka on the Higashiyama Line, then change to the Linimo and get off at Ai Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen. It is a 15 minute walk to the house or there are free shuttle buses. There are also Meitetsu buses to the park or take the Aichi Loop Line from Toyota and change to the Linimo at Yakusa.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009