Although the world of Anime is entirely fictional, there are some that use feature certain places inspired real locations from the real world. These are my top 3 Locations for Anime Fans, places that will let you have a feel of your favorite anime and relive your favorite moment in these locations.
Chichibu Bridge – Anohana
Reel – Some of the notable scenes of Anohana, such as Jinta running to the secret base as he carries the disappearing Menma on his back, and Menma talking about how she wants to be reincarnated so she can spend time with their friends, took place on this bridge.
Real – Chichibu Bridge, built in 1985, is a part of the Japanese National Route 299 system running between Chino, Nagano Prefecture and Iruma, Saitama Prefecture. The second iteration of the bridge is used as a pedestrian walkway and park, overlooking the Arakawa River.
Tomonoura Bay, Hiroshima Prefecture for Ponyo On the Cliff by the Sea.
Reel – Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is the story of a magical creature, Ponyo who fell in love with a human boy named Sosuke. This film is not your everyday romantic story because the main characters are too young to fall in love and this story is unique because it also features the increasing number of garbage that humans are dumping into the ocean. This port often shows the interaction between Ponyo and Sosuke, since the lad lives on the top of the cliff by the sea, as the title suggests.
Real – Second in my list of 3 locations for anime fans would be Tomonoura. A port town located at the southern end of Fukuyama City in Hiroshima, Prefecture. This port town boasts an old-fashioned fishing townscape. Tomonoura has been chosen as a filming location for local and international movies, like Wolverine and the town on Ponyo On the Cliff was modelled after this port town.
Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture for Princess Mononoke
Reel – The story of Princess Mononoke revolves around Price Ashitaka’s involvement in the struggle between the gods of the forest and the humans take advantage of consuming the natural resources (which often angers the gods). The young prince met San, a human girl who takes care of the forest. After Ashitaka was fatally wounded, San took the prince to the forest where he was saved by the Forest Spirit
Real – Yakushima is a subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu, in Kagoshima Prefecture. Covered by an extensive cedar forest, it has some of the oldest trees in Japan that are 1000 – 7000 years old. Locals affectionately call these trees, Yakusugi, combining Yakushima and sugi (the Japanese word for cedar). Some areas were declared as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1993.
The places mentioned in this article on the 3 Locations for Anime Fans are not the only places that inspired the setting of other anime. This list could go on but these three are my personal favorites.
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