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Spirited Away - the ENTIRE WORLD

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Level 54 : Grandmaster Technomancer

(co-managed by Sean Hein)



So I made the ENTIRE world of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away, from when they park their car to when Chihiro goes to Zeniba's cottage in the swamp, and EVERYTHING in between. My goal is to get as close as possible to feeling like you're in the movie. To do this, everything is recreated in 1 to 1 scale by cross referencing 416 movie screenshots, as well as watching the movie repeatedly. I also created a custom texture pack, using my artistic abilities to change each block to play a specific role in emulating the backgrounds of the movie.

I began this project in 2011, and after a year or so, I called it finished. But coming back in 2013, I saw so many new blocks that I just had to use those blocks to make the project better. When I came back to the world, I also found hundreds of other things that needed to be fixed, or made more pretty.

The major edits are done using MCedit, and the rest is done in-game.

Watch the Tour Videos to see exactly where every second of the movie has been replicated into Minecraft.












Additional Notes

In order to view the world properly, you need my custom texture pack.
Otherwise you'll be seeing a lot of ugly nether brick and glowstone.
I gave glowstone a wood texture in order to make the entire bath area lit up without sunlight.
I gave nether brick a nice red texture so I could have red fences, red slabs, red stairs.
I used a lot of paintings. The bathing area walls are covered with tree designs, made up of many tree pieces.


I also constructed the bathhouse as a 3D modeling project.

Credit:Natokill4, kowa32
Progress: 90% Complete

Yubaba's Kitchen was never finished until now : 08/01/2015 11:17:28 pm8/01/15


The FIELD now FLOODS!! : 11/05/2014 5:36:44 pm11/05/14


added a cinematic trailer! : 03/17/2014 3:16:09 pm3/17/14

with shaders. looks amazing.

Final Episode of the Tour! : 03/03/2014 1:26:23 am3/03/14

Baby's Room revamped! : 02/13/2014 4:01:39 pm2/13/14

[youtube][url=www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibza_ywELkA]Here's the VIDEO![/url]

Haku in the Sky, among other things! : 02/08/2014 12:47:34 pm2/08/14

Yubaba's Floor gets decorated : 01/18/2014 4:53:50 pm1/18/14

Click HERE to see the latest features!
(all future updates will be on spiritedawayminecraft.com)

The Bath House is getting beefier. : 12/30/2013 5:20:38 pm12/30/13

Visit www.SpiritedAwayMinecraft.com to see the update log! (December 30, 2013)
The download files have been updated.

This update log is worth 10 update logs : 12/12/2013 2:15:55 pm12/12/13

Where do I start?

BACK OF THE BATHHOUSE: I hollowed out the entire bathhouse and erased what was in the back of it, and started again from scratch. All the scenes in the movie that show the back of the bathhouse are a little different, so I did my best to compromise between all of them. The window that Chihiro comes out is there, as well as the pipe and ladder that goes up to the top. The rooms/protruding houses around it are matched to what they look like in the movie.

DORMITORY: There are now two dorm rooms - womens and mens on two levels, and behind them is a pathway that leads to the main dorm hall where all the dorm areas intersect, and workers go up the stairs to get to work. I also made the main dorm office, where Haku introduces Chihiro to the rest of the workers.

YUBABA'S FLOOR: I COMPLETELY redid Yubaba's floor. Basically, the movie overdramatizes the scale of this floor, so it's impossible to make it accurate but also feel the same scale. so the design I came up with allows the maximum usage of space while allowing for all the hallways and rooms seen in the movie to exist.

ELEVATORS: I made an elevator that goes from the bottom of the atrium to the ground level, and another elevator that goes from the third floor to the guest rooms and Yubaba's floor. I had to experiment with redstone for a while to get it to have two buttons, one that takes you to the guest rooms and one that takes you to Yubaba's floor.

YUBABA'S MAGIC DOORS: I used redstone to have the doors open in sequence as they do in the movie.

GHOST TOWN: me and some friends worked on redesigning three of the ghost town buildings, they now stand out very much, and I plan to redesign all of the buildings to look like those. I installed daylight sensors to these three buildings, so when it gets dark, the lights come on. The entrance to the ghost town was very incorrect before - I gave it more of a slope and a winding path made of stone slabs. The buildings at the entrance were redesigned and weathered up.

BOILER ROOM: I had a problem with the pistons that opened and closed the little opening of the boiler to put the coal in - it would freeze up. I found a solution that involved a minecart going in a circle constantly updating the redstone repeaters so they never freeze up. Now the boiler moves!!! The smokestack is now hollow, so it's possible to travel from the boiler room to the top of the smokestack if you really try.

PIG FARM: I added the room that Chihiro and Haku pass through that was filled with animal carcasses. Made many updates to the texture pack that allowed for dead carcasses.

OCEAN: COMPLETELY terraformed the ocean floor. that took forever, even in MCedit.

TRAIN TRACK: This is over the top, but I wanted music to play as you ride the cart. I spent a whole day and a half composing "One Summer's Day" in Noteblock Studio and editing the exported schematic in MCedit to function on a minecart track without seeing the noteblocks. I also composed "The Sixth Station" in Noteblock studio, you can listen to that one in the air to the left of the track.

ZENIBA'S SWAMP: COMPLETELY redid the swamp when I realized it didn't look like the swamp at all, the trees weren't big enough and the house actually needed to be facing north, not east. But with so many giant trees the lag became unbearable so I used another MCedit filter to hollow out the trees and fill them with solid wood. There's still lag but its not as bad. At the end of the track, if you keep following it, is a Nether portal that lets you travel back to the bathhouse. There's a rail track in the nether, and when you get in one cart and travel to the other end, a detector rail takes the cart from the other end and moves it to the end that you came from.


Undergoing major construction : 11/07/2013 11:03:39 am11/07/13

With the arrival of 1.7 I had some major plans with the addition of stained glass and tall flowers.

I completely remade the flower area where Haku takes Chihiro to see her parents in the pig farm, and added flowers on every block. lots of flowers. Almost wish there were 3-high flowers to get the full effect.

I replaced colored clay with stained glass in many areas in the interior of the bathing area, particularly above where the foreman hands out bath tokens. changed the sides of that room as well as the bridge on the third level to look much more attractive.

Made Chihiro's dorm area look SICK by using haybales as the tatami mats, doors for the walls, carpet as sleeping bags, and a working light switch.

After reading "The Art of Spirited Away" and looking at concept sketches,I realize that I had the layout of the interior done entirely wrong. There is actually an atrium shaft that goes from the bottom floor all the way to the top of the building, but I only had it go up three floors and then become a kitchen. That is currently under heavy construction, I deleted most of the rooms that were in the way of the atrium, so right now it's just solid stone. I added the tower on the top of the building, which I should have added a long time ago, which I think represents the top of the atrium.

Also widened the entire bathhouse by 8 blocks to make the bath area bigger. Some rooms may have "stretch marks" as a result.

Added the secondary tower/bath area that exists on the exterior, to the right if facing the building. You never see it close up, but it exists.

Still working!

It looks SO much better! : 10/15/2013 10:20:28 am10/15/13

The bathing area looks SO MUCH BETTER with iron doors as borders instead of clay blocks, and lowering the bath sections by half a block.

Pig farm looks SO MUCH BETTER (except that I forgot to add pigs in the latest download file, thats the finishing touch) and it's so much more accurate too, with four/five buildings instead of 2.

Added a rail system that connects the first building to the railway beside the bathhouse.

added smoke coming out of the smokestack.

There's SO MUCH MORE to do, I don't know why I marked this as being 100% finished a year ago. I set it to a more accurate 85%.

It looks SO much better! : 10/15/2013 10:20:05 am10/15/13

I used a filter called Wool to Clay to convert all the wool blocks to hardened clay blocks. Much nicer, and more accurate too.
I figured out that what really adds realism is grunge. I added various colors to exterior walls to show weathering, I made it so borders between two types of blocks got broken up a bit more, by using the erode filter in MCedit, I also added occasional blocks of dirt among the sand near the pig pens, and placed tall grass on them.

After a year I'm getting back to work : 09/12/2013 11:00:19 am9/12/13

I didn't play minecraft for about a year but coming back, I see so many new blocks that can enhance the spirited away world that much more! colored hardened clay can be the material of the buildings in the ghost town, there can be hay in the pig pens, more flowers for the path to the pig pens, but mostly the fact that there are more blocks means there are more slots for creating custom blocks using my custom texture pack. I just wanna say that I'm working on it, and it's hard to release my progress since textures are switching around and it wont look quite right until everything's set in place.

Raised whole world 7 blocks : 01/04/2012 2:31:14 pm1/04/12

this world is tricky because the beginning point is only a few blocks from bedrock, so as a result the clouds and atmosphere are very black or dark. and when riding the minecart to the swamp, there are black particles everywhere. i didn't completely fix the darkness but by raising the whole world 7 blocks it sorta fixed the problem.

Grass is Greener : 09/28/2011 8:21:25 pm9/28/11

I modified Zeniba's house by adding tall grass everywhere (no actual grass blocks, to avoid the spawning of pigs and cows to add to the secluded, peaceful atmosphere)
as well as vines.
I added trees around the beginning building.

Even MORE!! : 09/23/2011 6:27:41 pm9/23/11

I furnished the walls of the interior of the bathhouse (used to be completely wood texture, very plain), I gave the boiler room and next room moving parts, to mimic the loud machinery in the movie. You have to turn them on with a switch.
I added the room that No-face is in when he's going crazy, and where he throws up.
I made most of the rooms on the backside of the bathhouse actually connect with the rest of the bathhouse.
The pig farm looks much better with iron bars, also there is more variety of vegetables growing around them (reeds, melons, crops, cactus)
If you die, you respawn in the dorm room that Chihiro sleeps in.
Minecarts are provided at the train stop to Swamp Bottom.
The next stop on the train has a tunnel that leads to the Void.

Since the update made it so that if you are below the surface level, distant things become black, the train ride and Swamp Bottom became weird. Now there's floating particles everywhere as if you are underwater. I think it adds to the swampy feel though.

BIG UPDATE! : 09/10/2011 10:31:56 pm9/10/11

I added the entire backside to the bathhouse (dozens of rooms and lookout platforms), I added Yubaba's office and her baby's room, I added Zeniba's swamp and house, you have to take a minecart pretty far to get to it...

I also used pistons to give some moving parts to the boiler room and bottom elevator. They moved for me when I made them but when you quit the game and restart they stop moving. So sad. Also added tall grass to the field, looks much more fieldy.

The texture pack is very different. It's so much better than before.

Update!! : 05/02/2011 11:07:19 am5/02/11

I used WorldEdit to smoothen and add to the landscape surrounding the world. I added color to some of the walls in the bathhouse, and now the pig farms are full of pigs.

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90%? I thought this was finished!
  • Grunk
  • Level 25
  • Expert Button Pusher
  • May 25, 2016, 5:18 pm
This is beautiful, I love it! Also, would you mind if I used this in my Minecraft Server? Credit will be given along with a link back to the listing and/or website. Thanks!
  • Abaleska
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 17, 2016, 1:58 am
This is more than awesome! Fantastic work :D
I wish i could give you a million diamonds :DDDDDDDD Lux Æterna, dude :D
  • stangame
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • April 17, 2016, 8:34 am
Comment nr.100, is mine :)
  • Vetrert
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • March 14, 2016, 12:20 pm
Keep up the good work m8!
can i have the resource pack
  • Abaleska
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 17, 2016, 2:02 am
You can download the pack on their website (you can find the link in the description).
This map looks amazing, but I couldn't download it because of the 'adfly' website that you used to get the map!!! :'(
  • Abaleska
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 17, 2016, 2:04 am
Hm, can you describe your problem? Maybe you've just overlooked the button that appears after 5 seconds in the upper right corner (on the adfly-page).
  • Zorpox92
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • November 29, 2015, 4:38 am
Love it! Thank you so much!!
  • Rain_Senju
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 26, 2015, 9:26 pm
Hey um.. what is this 1.7.5 or 1.8 ?
  • Obvial
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • October 4, 2015, 5:17 pm
This is honestly the best thing I've ever played.
  • Kikolicaqq
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 29, 2015, 3:33 am
You sir deserve a diamond!
  • Kikolicaqq
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Miner
  • September 5, 2015, 2:07 am
I love it!Keep it up!This was my favorite cartoon when I was little!
  • Kiril_Miner
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Architect
  • August 2, 2015, 4:48 am
WOW! Just WOW! This is amazing! Spirited away and Laputa Castle in the Sky, this films were my childhood! I love the detail you put in this work and how accurate it is!
  • lachrymose
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Princess
  • August 1, 2015, 7:26 pm
Alan, im trying to build my own style spirited away esque world and I was wondering if you can email me the map world without any of the buildings,like the paint world if you used world paint. I will credit you in it. my email is [email protected]
  • terreen
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Skinner
  • March 15, 2015, 10:11 am
This is honestly the most amazing thing I've ever seen, you even replicated the scene where Sen/Chihiro is dragged across the halls to Yubaba. Well done. This is amazing.
Why's it no longer in creative mode??????I have a horrible time playing in survival and I redownloaded this map for the new edit to find that Its in the gamemode I cant play :(
  • alanbecker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 15, 2015, 2:48 pm
you can type /gamemode 1 to switch to creative, and if that doesn't work, go to settings and open to LAN, then try /gamemode 1.
  • meerabay
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
This is the best download of all time :')
  • Zakguy12
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Artist
  • June 4, 2014, 4:29 pm
Absolutely stunning. It blew me away at the amount of detail you have put in both the build and the texture pack. I am awaiting the finished project, and maybe more Ghibli builds.
Dude! This is amazing! This looks exactly like the one in the movie! Try to make other movies too! :D
  • lynchyinc
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 80
  • Elite Boss
  • March 17, 2014, 12:58 pm
Wow man, it really does look amazing with shaders.
  • alanbecker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • March 17, 2014, 2:21 pm
i know right? thanks!
i love this movie couldent beleive it when i spotted this XD. i hope someone makes a my neighbour totoro one :D just an idea
  • Cescgoal
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • March 2, 2014, 8:29 pm
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • February 8, 2014, 7:58 am
Agreed!! Freakin love this! <3
  • stangame
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • January 27, 2014, 9:54 am
great movie, great map! diamond for you!
Fuck yeah, i just watched the movie, i loved it, i cant wait to play this map
  • Swiftpaws
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • January 19, 2014, 5:42 pm
Simply amazing. Just got Minecraft for PC a few days ago but have been browsing projects on PMC for a long time now and when I found this, I knew this had to be my first world download! I can't wait for it to be finished! Truly this project deserves ALL the diamonds!
Mother of God... (insert pic here)
Now the only thing left is to make the movie version, even though that would take about a decade + copyright problems.
[size=small][color=rgb(68,68,68)]∞ Diamonds to you, Sir.[/color][/size]
  • Oraith
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Pokemon
  • January 14, 2014, 11:18 pm
  • Strack Drack
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 9, 2014, 7:44 am
Good map, but it's not done on a few places in the bath house...
  • Natokill4
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Ranger
  • January 9, 2014, 12:28 pm
Hence the 85% completion status. We have been busy lately but rest assured that we are regularly progressing on the construction on our private server. Check out our website for a more thorough and consistently updated source of information on the project.
  • eagoy
  • Level 45
  • Master Lava Rider
  • December 12, 2013, 10:48 am
Dammit, I can't give you a second diamond.
Since it is at 85% the only thing I could give this *speechless* project is a favourite.
  • ponyfan123
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Pony
  • December 12, 2013, 10:24 am
Great job man
Ive seen about half the film and this is amazing seriously
give dat man a cookie
  • Guyseph12
  • Level 21
  • Expert Lumberjack
  • December 12, 2013, 9:27 am
Seriously! Amazing job man! Love it! :D
  • Frags7041
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • November 7, 2013, 11:22 am
Awsome build i hope Ghibli dont ban this aswell xP
  • alanbecker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • November 7, 2013, 2:45 pm
I think Ghibli only blocked ozworkshop's video because of the copyrighted music used in it. If I make a video I'll make sure not to include Ghibli music.
  • toomanynouns
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • November 7, 2013, 6:08 am
That is seriously awesome :)
  • ricey125
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • September 26, 2013, 5:56 pm
THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How do I extract the file?
  • NightEve
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 4, 2013, 6:24 pm
Did u add in the air vents?
  • NightEve
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 4, 2013, 5:27 pm
Maybe u could use Mods to recreate some of the events that happen in the movie like the land disappearing leaving vast oceans and No Face's eating the medicine(forgot what it was) and started chasing her
  • NightEve
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 4, 2013, 5:24 pm
U even build the stations that travel along the tracks?U forgot the cave where they enter form the forest with the stature
  • hi9580
  • Level 26
  • Expert Explorer
  • May 25, 2013, 1:27 am
i used to be a big fan of spirited away , so thanks alot for making this map
  • chopeh
  • Level 22
  • Expert Nerd
  • February 24, 2013, 6:54 am
  • rowanxd
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 30, 2012, 1:29 pm
Ok, Thanks!
Hey, i already put the Map in the saves, Why did it not appear in the game!
  • stangame
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Dragon
  • January 28, 2014, 9:12 am
didt you open the map and post the map by your saves?
  • sweetysour
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Dolphin
  • July 8, 2012, 4:53 pm
You need to extract the file first. ^^
And exactly how would I do that?
  • 2d food
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 16, 2012, 12:14 pm
amazing. words can not describe
Spirited Away.... must've been at least 5 years ago that i saw this movie... +1!
  • theventus
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • May 6, 2012, 4:56 pm

this is amazing, hahaha.
you should make the ghilbi universe map, cause the other one got taken down.
  • Classic99
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • March 21, 2012, 6:45 pm
Amazing job! Looks great, gonna download the world and texture pack & try them out. Diamond for you :)
  • Coolwhacka
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • February 20, 2012, 9:11 pm
You can tell you did a great job, when the buildings remind you exactly of the movie :) Good job :D
  • mc_creep
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Explorer
  • February 10, 2012, 3:39 pm
oh my god. its you!!! the one who made the animator vs. animation!!! holy ****!!! ummm....
im a fan?
  • seaofnarum
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 17, 2012, 1:47 pm
how do you get it one mc?
  • Xioka
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • January 4, 2012, 10:53 am
I haven't uploaded the world yet but my jaw just hung open while browsing through the pictures.. Utterly and completely amazing attention to detail. If I were able to give you 5 diamonds, I would. Fantastic job!

Howl's Moving Castle next? Or the industrial village from Princess Mononoke?
Ive made a video for you :D youtu.be/Libh96c4XM4
Gah, LAG.
  • alanbecker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • January 4, 2012, 9:52 am
wow, nice! thanks!
  • KnobleKnives
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Lad
  • December 5, 2011, 7:52 pm
awwweeesooome. diamond for you. Kudos :D
  • GnomeFreak
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • November 22, 2011, 12:44 pm
Would you mind if I use this in a Kids World project I'm making? Currently I have it sitting next to Hogwarts and Isengard.
  • alanbecker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • December 2, 2011, 9:07 am
go ahead, that sounds like an intense world.
  • GnomeFreak
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • December 3, 2011, 6:45 am
Thanks. adding a few more features and tidying everything up before posting.
  • GnomeFreak
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • December 17, 2011, 5:22 am
Here's the pre-release http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/planet-minecraft-kids-world/. You get to the Spirited Away area by going under one of Wooraah's Tatsuyama bridges. Kind of like going to the underworld.
  • Gaz10
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Herobrine
  • October 10, 2011, 12:59 pm
good movie, good map and good textures. You Rock!
  • kisakun23
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 4, 2011, 4:33 pm
I need to thank you for doing the back because I'm making the bathhouse in my ceramics class. I was having a hard time finding a picture of the back untill I found this. Thank you so much!
  • alanbecker
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Technomancer
  • October 10, 2011, 2:27 pm
wow! good luck! yeah they only show it in the movie for maybe two seconds, as lin is dropping off chihiro at the train stop, in her bucket boat.

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