Anime pilgrimages and anime tourism is becoming a big thing in Japan with anime fans visiting real places which have been featured in many anime and manga series.
The book is titled “Anime Tanbou Seichi Junrei Guide” which literally means anime exploration and pilgrimage guide. It not only gives information about the anime hot spots all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa but also which series the spot appeared in. The book was released last December 15, 2013 by the Pilgrimage Integrity Committee.
The small coastal town of Oarai which has become one of the hottest anime tourism destinations because of the popular tank series Girls und Panzer, as well as the Washinomiya Shrine in Saitama which experienced an increase in pilgrims because of the anime Lucky Star, are both featured within the book’s pages. Both Oarai and the Washinomiya Shrine have experienced a huge increase in visitors since the respective anime series first aired.
Another city in Saitama, Chichibu is also featured. It is known for being the setting for the hit anime series AnoHana and like Washinomiya shrine and Oarai town has been visited by anime pilgrims ever since AnoHana first aired.
Some less well-known anime hot spots are also featured in the book like Hirakawa in Aomori prefecture which was the setting for the Studio Ghibli movie Arrietty. The famous Dogo Onsen in Ehime prefecture which was used as the motif for Yubaba’s bath house in Spirited Away is also included as it has attracted plenty of visitors from all over the world thanks to the classic anime movie.
Iwami town, which has been the model for the hit swimming anime Free! is also included.
Tokyo, which has been the setting for countless anime and manga also has several places featured in the book, like the world-famous Tokyo Tower which was featured in countless anime including the thrilling climax of Kore wa Zombie desu ka? The Shinjuku West Intersection which was used as a motif for the MgRonald’s branch from Hataraku Maou-sama! has also been included as well as the Shinjuku Gyoen Park where parts of the anime movie The Garden of Words took place.
The book is now available online in Amazon for 1,575 yen
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