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12 Must Visit Spots for Studio Ghibli Fans! 'Spirited Away' 'Totoro' and more Studio Ghibli films have a distinct, fascinating charm to them that draws us in. The popularity of Studio Ghibli films is now worldwide, and fans of films like “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro” exist worldwide. Many dream to experience entering the world of these magical films, and surprisingly, there are places in Japan that can allow us to do so. Here are 12 locations in Japan that resemble, mimic, or have even inspired some of your favorite Studio Ghibli Films.Spirited Away (2001)
“Spirited Away” is one of Miyazaki’s most renown works, and has even won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
The story of "Spirited Away" follows a 10 year old girl, Chihiro, who gets lost in a mysterious and unfamiliar world of ghosts, monsters, and spirits. There are two real-life locations in Japan that will take you into the world of “Spirited Away”.
Ryujin Bridge Bungee Jump: Experience Japan's Highest 100m Bungee Jump! The Ryujin Suspension Bridge, located in Hitachi-ota, Ibaraki, is the third longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan at 375m long. The bridge is also impressive in height, and stands 100m from the Ryujin Dam and lake below it. Bungee jumping at Ryujin Suspension Bridge takes advantage of the bridge's sheer height, and gives visitors the thrill of Japan's longest vertical fall!About the Ryujin Suspension Bridge
The Ryujin Suspension is a 375m-long pedestrian bridge built in 1994, and was the longest of its kind in Japan until 2006, when Kokonoe-yume Suspension Bridge was built in Oita Prefecture. The bridge is built to withstand severe weather conditions, and is said to be able to hold the weight of 3,500 people.
The name of Ryujin Valley, over which the bridge passes over, means "valley of the divine dragon". Taking after its name, the steel posts supporting the bridge's cables are also designed with dragon motifs.
What is Hakone's Traditional Craft: Yosegi Zaiku? 2 Places to buy them in Tokyo! There are nearly 1,200 types of traditional crafts made in Japan, about 230 of which are specified by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. These crafts have been produced with long histories in each prefecture, incorporate many regional characteristics, and all of them express the classic Japanese subtlety, elaborateness and beauty.
This time, we will introduce one of such traditional craft techniques, “Hakone Yosegi Zaiku." Let's look at the complete story of the history and characteristics of yosegi zaiku marquetry with the rich wooden texture that have been passed down in the Hakone/Odawara area.
Hiking Courses of Mount Tsukuba! A Beautiful Mountain Rivaling Mount Fuji The sacred Mount Tsukuba locates in Ibaraki prefecture in the Kanto region of Japan. It measures 877 meters high, and is made up of two peaks, Nantaisan (男体山) and Nyotaisan (女体山). It is nicknamed the “Purple Mountain” (紫峰), as the peak looks purple when hit by the sunset.
The lake at the bed of the mountain, Hokujo-oike (北条大池), joins Mount Tsukuba to create stunning scenery. The climbing courses vary drastically in level, so beginners and trekking lovers can both enjoy their time here. There are even ropeways and cable cars to carry you up to the peak.
Here is your guide to Mount Tsukuba's hiking courses, popular to mountaineers of all levels!
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