If you are a big fan of Studio Ghibli movies, you may dream of visiting the locations which was used in Ghibli movies or wonder if these places actually exist. In this article, we will introduce the Ghibli movie locations such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, From Up On Poppy Hill etc, that you can actually visit here in Japan!
- My Neighbor Totoro movie locations
- Princess Mononoke movie locations
- Spirited Away movie locations
- Whisper of the Heart movie locations
- Ponyo movie locations
- The Secret World of Arrietty movie locations
- From Up on Poppy Hill movie locations
- Other places for Ghibli fans
- Join Ghibli Spots Online Tour
My Neighbor Totoro movie locations
Sayama Kyuryo (Saitama)
It’s located in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture which is 1 or 1.5 hours away from Tokyo station. This area is called Totoro Forest and protected by Totoro no Furusato Foundation. A must-visit place is Kurosuke’s House which is Japanese traditional house which was built over 100 years ago. You can see a big Totoro sitting in the house and get the similar nostalgic vibes as the movie. Also you can learn the culture which was developed in rural area in Japan from the interior of the house. You can get some cute Totoro souvenirs there too!
Tip: you can also see Totoro from the train if you take the Seibu Ikebukuro line. Between Tokorozawa and Akitsu station, you can spot Totoro. Keep your eye out while on the train!
Princess Mononoke movie locations
Yakushima is one of the locations of Princess Mononoke which is located in Kagoshima Prefecture and registered as natural world heritage site. You can go there by plane or ferry but sometimes planes can’t make it landing because of the weather. So there is a rumor that only people who are invited by Yakushima itself can step into Yakushima!
In Yakushima, you can eat fresh and big fish at some small local restaurants where you can meet friendly locals. You can also enjoy marine activity too! Mountains, rivers, a beach, the nature that Yakushima has is exquisite. If you stay in Japan for long enough to travel a bit further the popular trip, Yakushima is definitely worth it.
Shirakami-sanchi (Aomori to Akita)
Another location from Princess Mononoke is Shirakami-sanchi. It is also known as a natural world heritage site and it is mainly filled with greenery such as Japanese beech. There are some famous lakes called twelve lakes which means you can see twelve lakes at once from the upper side of the mountain. The untouched, beautiful nature makes you feel like you actually step into the world of Princess Mononoke.
Spirited Away movie locations
Dogo Onsen (Ehime)
When thinking about the movie setting of Spirited Away, of course the public bathhouse will come to mind. Dogo Onsen is said to give an inspiration on the movie. It is located in Matsuyama, Ehime prefecture and was build in 1894. It is actually one of the oldest public bathhouse in Japan! Around Dogo Onsen, there are some other bathhouses and also more attractions such as shopping arcade, temples and shrines.
Edo Tokyo Tatemono-en (Tokyo)
Edo Tokyo Tatemono-en is another places featured in Spirited Away. It is an open air architectural museum located in Koganei, Tokyo.
Bar Kagiya is said to be used for the first scene where Chihiro’s parents ate meals and turned into ugly pigs.
Kodakara-Yu is one of the bathhouses that gave inspiration for the bathhouse where Chihiro started working under Yubaba.
There are a few more things that inspired the movie director to be found in this museum. The train that No Face and Chihiro take, Kamaji’s working room and Chihiro’s room, they can all be seen here. It’s fun to walk around and guess which place was used as an inspiration for the movie!
Whisper of the Heart movie locations
Seiseki Sakuragaoka (Tokyo)
Seiseki Sakuragaoka is located in Tokyo, 30 mins away from Shinjuku by train. Immediately after you get off the train, you will feel as if you are stepping into the world of Whisper of the Heart. The station sign and ticket gate resemble a scene in the movie exactly.
The model of the apartment where Shizuku lives is Atago housing complex. To get there, you can take a bus to Atago Danchi stop from the station. Walk around and try to find the shrine (Konpira shrine), slope and park from the movie!
Ponyo movie locations
Do you like Ponyo? Tomonoura is located in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture and said to be the model of Ponyo. There are still many traditional stores and restaurants left so you can enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere there.
The Secret World of Arrietty movie locations
Seibien is Japanese garden located in Hirakawa, Aomori prefecture which is said to be a model of Arrietty’s house and garden. It takes 9 years to complete the garden and this beautiful place is worth visiting when you have a chance to go to Aomori!
From Up on Poppy Hill movie locations
The movie Up on Poppy Hill is set in Yokohama so you there are quite a few locations that can easily spot in Yokohama.
Minatonomieru oka koen (Kanagawa)
Minatonomieru oka koen is one of the locations and it can be translated as “a park on a hill where you can see a port”. You can also see some towers, hotel and ferry in the movie while you walk around this area.
Negishi natsukashi koen and Yamate seiyo-kan (Kanagawa)
Negishi Natsukashi Koen and Yamate Seiyo-kan are also the locations for From Up on Poppy Hill. You can visit the Western inspired houses looking like where Umi lives in the movie.
Other places for Ghibli fans
Ghibli Museum is a must-visit place if you are a fan of Studio Ghibli. But it can be a bit of a challenge to get tickets for it, so when you decided to make a trip to Japan, check the article below for more information.
Satsuki and Mei’s House
You can actually visit the Satsuki and Mei’s House from My Neighbor Totoro! It is located in Aichi prefecture, Ai-Chikyu haku Kinen Koen Park which is a memorial park of the World EXPO held in 2005.
Ghibli theme park (opening in 2022)
In 2022, Ghibli theme park will open in Aichi prefecture! There will be 5 areas featuring the popular films, and firstly they open the area inspired by Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart and My Neighbor Totoro, and in 2023, the areas featuring Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle will open. Ghibli films finally will come to life in Japan!
Join Ghibli Spots Online Tour
If you want to learn more about Ghibli locations in Japan, you can join our tour at home! This tour will show you:
- Ghibli-related spots throughout Japan from north (Hokkaido) to the south (Kagoshima) together
- Find the rich nature of Japan including two world natural heritages
- Meet a local Ghibli fan and share your love for Ghibli animated films
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