Japan is a place with the most mysterious places. Some locations look like just coming out of fairy tales or cartoons. Although it is hard to narrow down the list like this, here are 10 locations will help you start your journey to the land of the rising sunrise to explore the world of Studio Ghibli!
Dreamy places in the Studio Ghibli world
Is a subtropical island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Yakushima is home to a mysterious moss forest. In fact, Miyazaki (co-founder of Studio Ghibli) was so attracted to this remote island that he immediately wrote a script for Spirited Away! Yakushima Island is about 2 hours away from Kyushu by ferry, but it feels like a completely different world. Ghibli fans will definitely not miss this.
3. Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Peninsula is a wild area located in the Hokkaido Islands. It has been recognized by UNESSCO as a world heritage. There are senseless forests, all kinds of animals, hot springs, etc. Take a day there and you will feel like you were transformed into Princess Mononoke. You can also enjoy the breathtaking view of Cape Shiretoko on the scenic tour of the peninsula when you reach the world of Studio Ghibli.
4. Shirakawa-go, Gifu
Another UNESCO world heritage site is Shirakawa-go’s historic villages. This is the main tourist attraction in Gifu Prefecture. Strange houses with skyscrapers scattered across the fields of this village will take you through time and space. With hundreds of years of history, this Japanese cultural treasure is worth your visit with a day trip to Shirakawa-go!
5. Kanaguya Ryokan, Nagano
One of the inspirations for Spirited Away is the historic hot spring inn Kanaguya Ryokan that makes it attractive and charming. Experience the quintessence of Japan – hot springs are the perfect activity after a day of fun in the winter. Visit Kanaguya Ryokan and find out why souls are constantly returning to know more about Yubaba bathhouse.
Kyoto is a historical slice preserved from ancient Japan and thrived in the modern world. Images of winding streets climbing golden-covered temples, passing by kimono maids will leave visitors indelible memories. A perfect experience for all senses and Kyoto is a must-see for visitors to the Studio Ghibli world.
7. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, Yamanashi
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is officially the oldest enterprise in the world, first opened in AD 705. Of course, this building has changed, replaced by modern facilities, but here you will feel its thick history. In addition, Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is also a historic temple town of Minobu.
Hashima Island is also known as Gunkanjima Island, often translated as the battleship on the island. Just off Nagasaki, rising strongly from the ocean, it was an admirable sight. Reminiscent of Laputa’s cramped houses (a castle in the sky), can be viewed through a boat tour and a challenging list for many daring adventurers.
9. Seibi-en, Hirosaki
10. Edo-Tokyo Outdoor Architecture Museum
An outdoor museum with historical structures that you certainly won’t see anywhere else in Tokyo. The Edo-Tokyo outdoor architecture museum must say that inspired a number of buildings in Spirited Away. You can visit this museum along with several locations in the world of Studio Ghibli, Ghibli Museum or Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.