A large number of popular anime are based on real-world locations. A lot of anime fans actually visiting those locations. It’s called “Seichi Junrei” in Japan. “Seichi Junrei” means the pilgrimage to the Holy place. but it doesn’t mean religious action, It’s Otaku word. Visiting the location of scenes in Anime, Manga, Video Game, and so on. If you do this, You’ll like your favorite anime more and more.
Seichi Junrei for “Spirited Away” around Tokyo
“Spirited Away” is fantasy anime film written by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli.
The story of the movie is 10-year-old girl “Sen” wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. She tries to find her way back to the real world.
Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum
Hayao Miyazaki said he used “Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum” as inspiration for “Spirited Away”.
“Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum” located in Koganeipark on the west side of Tokyo.
Each building has information in English and Some of the Japanese guides speak English.
Boiler room of Bathhouse was modeled after this room.
JR “Musashi-Koganei” Station
5 minutes by bus from North Exit
Get off at “Koganei Koen West Gate”
5 min walk
Bus Stop 4（Kanto Bus）Mitaka station. Musashino Eigyosyo
Get off at “In front of Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum” from Bus
3 min walk.
For more detail
Meguro Gajoen has been modeled on the colorful bathhouse that Sen worked.
Hayao Miyazaki said “For the Japanese, luxurious living is western style and lives in the palace of a house which mixed western style and Japanese style and Ryugu castle. It is Meguro gudgeon and also Rokumeikan” in an interview.
JR, Tokyu line, Tokyo Metro Nanboku line, Toei Mita line, “Meguro” Station”
3 min walk from “Meguro Station”
Shima Onsen Sekizenkan Ryokan
It is not officially announced but there are rumors in the air that Sekizenkan Ryokan was used as inspiration for bathhouse in Spirited Away.
As a reason for that Atmosphere of the Ryokan is similar to Bathhouse that Sen worked and Hayao Miyazaki stayed here during the production of Spirited Away.
Hallway of the Ryokan and bridge in front of Ryokan is very similar to Bathhouse.
JR Agatsuma Line “Nakanojo” Station
30min by TAXI or 40min by Bus
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