A must-see for anime lovers! Let's tour the sacred places of Japanese anime

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Photo by Saki Terauchi Japanese anime has many fans all over the world. Many people visit Japan to actually see anime settings. In this article, we will introduce five representative Japanese anime sacred places.

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Spirited Away

"Spirited Away", which was released in 2001, is one of the Studio Ghibli films that Japan is proud of around the world.

It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Academy Awards, was ranked 4th in the ``Top 100 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century'' in a poll sponsored by the British BBC in 2016, and was named the best movie of the 21st century by the New York Times in 2017. It is an animated film that is popular all over the world, and was ranked 2nd in the foreign language film rankings.

Sekizenkan (Gunma Prefecture)

Photo by Makoto Maruyama<br>
Photo by Makoto Maruyama

Sekizenkan, located in Gunma Prefecture, is a long-established inn with a history of over 300 years.

The red bridge in front of the main building of Sekizenkan, the tunnels and stairs inside the building are very similar to the oil shop that appears in the movie, and it has become a hot topic of conversation as the place that was used as the image model.

Sekizenkan has 5 hot springs, all of which are fed directly from the source. Don't just enjoy it while watching a movie, you can also enjoy the soothing experience of a hot spring.

If you listen closely

This work was serialized in a Japanese manga magazine in 1989, and was made into an anime by Studio Ghibli in 1995.

It's a simple yet beautiful movie that depicts scenes from everyday life, and it's also an anime that feels nostalgic for Japanese people, with scenes of typical Japanese towns, schools, uniforms, buses...

Seiseki Sakuragaoka (Tokyo)

Photo by Meru<br>
Photo by Meru

Seiseki Sakuragaoka, located about 30 minutes from Shinjuku in Tokyo on the Keio Line, has some scenery that reminds you of "Whisper of the Heart".

Seiseki Sakuragaoka Station is the model for the station that appears as ``Suginomiya Station'' where the main character gets off in the movie, and there is a monument in front of the station that resembles the antique shop ``Chikyuya'' that appears in the movie.

South of the station is the Oguri River, which is crossed by the Kasumigaseki Bridge, and this is also where the main characters walked in the movie. Irohazaka, which is located ahead, is the main stage, and if you listen closely, you will find other places beyond that, such as the place where the main character confessed his feelings to his childhood friend and the rotary where he found the antique shop. It is a spot that anyone who is there can enjoy.

your name is

Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Shinjuku is a spot that appears many times in Your Name.

You can also see the ``Shintoshin Pedestrian Bridge'' where Taki and Mitsuha passed each other after entering the workforce, the restaurant where Taki worked part-time at ``Cafe La Bohém'', an Italian restaurant in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and the view of the south exit ticket gate of Shinjuku Station. .

If you watch the movie carefully and visit Shinjuku, you'll be able to find many spots that appeared in Your Name.

Shibuya (Tokyo)

Photo by Nao Ito<br>
Photo by Nao Ito

Taki was drinking coffee at Starbucks in the TSUTAYA building, right next to JR Shibuya Station. This Starbucks has closed at the end of October 2023, but a new cafe will be renovated and opened in the spring of 2024. I would also like to visit new sacred places.

In addition, the ``Aoi Shoten Pedestrian Bridge'' that the waterfall was crossing has closed in 2018, but you can still see the pedestrian bridge as it appeared in the movie.

Tateishi Park (Nagano Prefecture)

Photo by Yukiko Harada<br>
Photo by Yukiko Harada

In Itomori town, where the heroine Mitsuha lives, there is a large lake called Lake Itomori, and many people are probably moved by its beautiful scenery.

It is said that Lake Suwa, seen from Tateishi Park in Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture, resembles Lake Itomori. Especially at sunset, it has been featured as a beautiful scene in movies, and it is a spectacular view that you must see if you visit.

Evangelion

In 2021, the movie "Shin Evangelion Theatrical Version: ‖" was released and the Evangelion series, which had continued for 25 years, came to an end, but its popularity continues, and there is no shortage of fans who visit sacred places.

Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Photo by Haruna Nakamura<br>
Photo by Haruna Nakamura

Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture is the setting for Evangelion's Third New Tokyo City.

Although the event "Evangelion x Hakone 2020" ended in September 2020, some parts still remain and are still entertaining many fans.

Evangelion fans can enjoy the large-scale wrapping at Togendai Station, the souvenir shop "Evaya" on the first floor of Hakone-Yumoto Station that sells Evangelion goods, and the Evangelion-style public toilets at Kintoki Park. If so, it's a place you'll want to visit at least once.

Ube Shinkawa Station (Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture is the birthplace of Hideaki Anno, the general director of Evangelion, and Ube Shinkawa Station appears in "Shin Evangelion: The Movie: ‖".

The chair where Shinji was sitting is at the very back of platform 3, so why not sit there and take a commemorative photo?

There are Evangelion stamps inside the station. Also, when you purchase an admission ticket, you will receive a used stamp with an Evangelion design.

Tenryu Futamata Station (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Tenryu Futamata Station in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture is one of the model locations for the ``Third Village'' that appears in ``Shin Evangelion the Movie.''

The Spear of Longinus, one of the important tools in Evangelion, is on display at the train depot at Tenryu Futamata Station. The height is 3.6m and it is impressive. The removal date has not yet been determined, so we recommend that you visit early.

slam dunk

This is a basketball-themed manga that was serialized in a manga magazine from 1990 to 1996, an anime was aired from 1993 to 1996, and a movie was released in 2022, which became a hot topic.

In front of Kamakura High School (Kanagawa Prefecture)

The place depicted in the opening scene of Slam Dunk is the railroad crossing at Kamakura High School.

It is located near Shichirigahama in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, about 100 meters from Enoshima Electric Railway's Kamakura Koukomae Station, and is an unusual and beautiful spot where you can see the sea beyond the railroad crossing and train.

When taking photos or touring, be sure to avoid entering the roadways and railroad tracks.

Kugenuma Coast (Kanagawa Prefecture)

The Kugenuma coast in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, where surfing is popular, is the location depicted in the final scene of the Slam Dunk manga, where Hanamichi is reading a letter from Haruko.

Although the scenery has changed slightly over time, you can still see Enoshima in the same way. It is a place where the sunset is very beautiful, so we recommend going in the evening.

Visit your favorite anime sacred place

Photo by Yuki Matsumoto<br>
Photo by Yuki Matsumoto

Do you have any favorite anime?

There are many places in Japan that have been used as anime models, so please enjoy visiting your favorite anime sacred places.

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