Ghibli is an animation studio whose Japanese are proud of the world. In Japan, areas are the model for the stage of animated films, stores or cafes attached to the movies everywhere. The article will introduce 15 locations associated with Ghibli.
- The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka
The place where Studio Ghibli fans have to go first is the Ghibli museum in Mitaka. Even after the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of 2016, people still do not see signs of decline in fans’ love for this museum.
There are lots of works on display here, and there is also a display corner that changes every 1 year. From 2017 to 11/2018 (expected) will display dishes that have appeared in Ghibli’s animated film.
Inside the museum also shows short videos that you can only see here. It also periodically shows new works.
2. Ghibli Watch (Big Watch Nippon Tv)
The Ghibli watch is placed right in front of Nippon’s headquarters in Shiodome, an outdoor art piece related to Ghibli that you can enjoy in Tokyo. Designed by director Hayao Miyazaki, crafted by Kunio Shachimaru – the creator of the robot warrior on the terrace of the Ghibli museum.
This mechanical watch is 10 meters high, 18 meters wide, introduced in 2006 by director Miyazaki and company Nippon Tv. Although Mr. Miyazaki has never made it clear, this watch is crafted at the same time as the “Howl’s Mobile Castle” movie, so they may have some connection.
3. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
The open architecture museum Edo Tokyo exhibits the Edo period architecture that influenced architectural shaping in “Spirited Away”.
Studio Ghibli’s headquarters are nearby so during the production of the “Soul Land”, director Hayao Miyazaki regularly visited this museum. The green worm is the representative of the Open Museum of Edo Tokyo and is also Miyazaki’s design.
The interior of the electric carriages running on the old street is displayed in the East of the museum very similar to the electric train that takes Chihiro and Kaonashi to Zeniba. From the old cafeteria on display here, you can imagine the scene of Chihiro’s parents just eating, gradually turning into a pig.
At Edo Tokyo Open Architecture Museum showcasing from traditional Japanese old houses to Western-influenced buildings, you can feel the space seemingly in the past. .
4. Shirohige Cream Puff Factory
Shirohige cream cake shop near Shimokitazawa is a factory recognized by Studio Ghibli that can enjoy the unique “Totoro cream cake” in the world.
All the cakes at the store are made according to the unique design of Ghibli. Shirohige’s chef and the interior of the shop all came out of Ghibli’s animated films.
The cakes at the Shirohige cream cake factory are designed based on Totori and friends in the forest. Cream cake has regular custard cream and chocolate cream sold and the menu is seasonal. There are also cookies and pastries.
If you want to enjoy the delicious and delicious Totoro cakes, please book in advance.
5. Totoro’s Forest (Tokorozawa, Saitama)
Sayama Hill in Saitama Prefecture is a backdrop in the movie “My neighbor is Totoro”, now called Totoro’s forest. Places reminiscent of scenes in the movie are everywhere.
The most famous place in the Totoro forest is Kurosuke’s house. This house is called “Makkuro Kurosuke” – a black character appears in the movie, also known as Totoro’s home.
In which there are lots of things related to the movie, you can also take photos with big Totoro. “Makkuro Kurosuke” also appeared in the movie “Soul Land” under the name “Susuwatari”.
There were rumors in the house that the real “Makkuro Kurosuke” currently lives here, but only children can see it.
6. Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street
If you come to Yokohama, try going to Motomachi shopping district. This is the place where the main character Haru in the movie “Cat’s Return” meets Muta cat. Places related to the movie Studio Ghibli “Flowers Garden” are also many around here.
The 500m-long street is covered by a bold European space, where you can shop at high-end designer shops, enjoy coffee, restaurants, …
7. Shima Onsen (Gunma)
The Onsen Ryokan, which director Hayao Miyazaki referred to as a public bathhouse in the movie “Spirited away”, has 3 locations nationwide. Among them, Sekizenkan in Gunma Prefecture Shima Onsen is very similar to the night view of the public bath “Aburaya” appearing in the movie.
Sekizenkan is the oldest wooden hot spring inn in Japan, similar to the one with a red bridge across. During the day, you will feel it very simple but when the night falls, the view of the inn appears mysteriously making you think of “Aburaya”.
You can get to Shima Onsen easily by bus or train from Tokyo.
8. Kushiro City (Hokkaido)
Kushiro city in Hokkaido is a model of the film context “When marnie was there” by director Yonebayashi Hiromasa. Because it is not Miyazaki’s work, it is not that many people know this context.
Kushiro City is one of Hokkaido’s development zones. There are many beautiful landscapes, especially fresh seafood among Hokkaido places, which is worth visiting even if you skip the film.
9. Dogo Onsen (Ehime)
Dogo Onsen Honkan in Ehime prefecture greatly influenced the production of the movie “Spirited away”. From the space very similar to the scenes in the movie, the fans claimed that “Aburaya’s true model can only be here”.
Dogo Onsen Honkan is very similar to Aburaya but does not have a red bridge. However, not only Honkan but also this Dogo Onsen hot spring town affected Miyazaki.
Dogo Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan, has a history of over 1000 years. Because this is an old hot spring town, it has become a stage for a story in this world.
10. Yakushima (Kagoshima)
One of the Osumi Shoto islands in the southern part of Kagoshima, the mystical forest spread in Yakushima is the model for the context of the movie “Princess Mononoke”
As the step deep into the forest, the surrounding landscape gradually turns into the world of “Mononoke”. The moss-covered walkway, the river flowing among the dense grass, huge trees spread out as if separating the outside world, … There is only peace and nature here.
Can you hear the sound of the soul of the forest so close? Yakushima with a wide landscape will make you feel like there are gods in the forest.
Studio Ghibli created a magical world with scenes from all over Japan. From the tiny Totoro drawn on a flowerpot to the Shiodome Ghibli clock, the motif of the products created by director Hayao Miyazaki can be found throughout Japan. Would you like to try to find it?