Anime fans are making a “sacred pilgrimage” across Japan.
Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, “Suzume no Tojimari,” follows the protagonist across Japan.
Here’s what the 7 locations in “Suzume” look like in real life.
Anime movies and TV shows have inspired fans around the world to make a “sacred pilgrimage” to Japan, where many of the locations mentioned in the story are located, according to The Japan Times.
Since Japan lifted its Covid-19 border controls, fans have been heading to recent hits like “First Slam Dunk” and “Suzume no Tojimari,” according to The Japan Times.
“Cool Plum Vine” is the latest box office blockbuster of the famous director Makoto Shinkai. Shinkai, known for “Your Name” and “Weathering With You,” has been nominated for numerous awards. In 2016, according to IMDb, he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animation for Your Name.
“Suzume no Tojimari” is also wildly popular worldwide, grossing more than $320 million worldwide, according to Crunchyroll.
A coming-of-age story about two protagonists, Suzume and Sota, who travel across Japan on a dangerous mission to save their country from supernatural forces.
Their journey began on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu and traveled north to Ehime, Kobe, Tokyo, and finally Miyagi, 187 miles north of Tokyo.
Here you can find seven locations from “Suzume no Tojimari” in real life.
WARNING: If you haven’t seen “Suzume no Tojimari,” there are a few spoilers ahead
1. Bungo Mori Roundhouse
One of the most important scenes in the film is when Suzume first helps Souta close a supernatural door, starting the duo’s journey across Japan.
Set in an old abandoned corner of the city where Suzume and her aunt live, the setting is similar to Bungo Mori Roundhouse in Kusu, Oita Prefecture.
The Bungo Mori Rotary House is the only remaining railway swing house in Kyushu, and was designated as a nationally designated tangible cultural property by ANA in 2012.
2. Hachimanhama Port
After Daishin, the talking cat, banishes Souta’s spirit to Suzume’s childhood three-legged chair, the protagonists chase the cat, who takes them to the ferry to Yawatahama Port.
Yawatahama Port is located in Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture, and according to JapanTravel, it is one of the ports connecting the two southern islands of Shikoku and Kyushu.
3. Yawatahama Station
Following Dajin, Liangmu and Sota, they waited for the train at Yawatahama Station.
Yawatahama Station is a passenger railway station located in Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture.
4. Otani Pond
When Suzume was wandering around in chair form with Souta in her arms, she bumped into Chika on the road next to a pond similar to Otani Pond.
Otani Pond is located in Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture.
5. Kobe Fruit and Flower Park
In the film, the third supernatural door that the protagonists encounter together was found in an abandoned theme park in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.
The theme park happens to be similar to the Kobe Fruit and Flower Park located in the same city.
6. Shin-Kobe Station
As the two set off for their next destination, Suzume bid farewell to Rumi, the barmaid serving them, at Shin-Kobe Station.
Shin-Kobe Station is located in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.
7. Holy Bridge
In one of the film’s most gripping moments, Suzume saves Souta by jumping off a bridge in Tokyo.
This bridge is a sacred bridge located in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
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