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17/05/2018 Araki-Cho  Culture  Shinto  Travel Destinations

A walk around ‘Your name’ real-life locations and related places in Yotsuya, Tokyo (Part 1)

Did you know that most Tokyo locations that can be seen in ‘You name’ are real places that you can visit and are easily covered by foot?
In the first part of this article I will cover the ones in the Yotsuya area that appear in the end of the movie, and include a map for you to have an easy walk around.
In the second part, I will introduce you to a very nice café nearby where the director of the movie himself had a stop in!
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the rare people to have not watched Makoto Shinkai’s worldwide acclaimed movie ‘Your Name’ (‘Kimi no na wa’) yet, please note that this article contains a major spoiler about the end of the movie.

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Araki-Cho  Foods & Drinks

A walk around ‘Your name’ real-life locations and related places in Yotsuya, Tokyo (Part 2): Garage Coffee, an old-style café with vegan and gluten-free desserts

After visiting Suga Shrine and other ‘Your Name’ locations,, how about a little rest in a nice old-fashioned coffee house? Garage coffee is a good place to relax and it’s less than 5mn on foot from the sanctuary.
It does not appear in the movie, but if you’re a fan of ‘Your Name’, you will want to pay a visit as the movie director Makoto Shinkai himself sat there for an interview. Well informed fans also make this place part of their pilgrimage.

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02/05/2016 Travel Destinations

Don’t know where to visit in Matsue? Just go everywhere!


Matsue City, dubbed as both the “Land of the Gods” and “Venetia of Japan”, has such deep history and beautiful scenery that it is almost impossible to fully experience every aspect of it in a few days.
Since I never plan any of my trips, it’s sometimes hard to know which places to go, especially when there is little information about the area. So here’s a one-day plan for indecisive people like me. The national treasure, Matsue castle, wagashi, matcha, Izumo soba, and a boat ride around the Matsue castle.

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01/12/2015 Travel Destinations

You have to pass through a 40 centimeter gap to get to the mysterious, Karakama Shrine in Izumo!

Karakama Shrine

Speaking of Shimane, Izumo Taisha is the most famous, but there is also a hidden shrine called Karakama Shrine, also known as “Kankamasan” among the local people.
The word, ‘Karakama’ represents a kettle from Korea and is thought to have a strong connection to the Iron Age.

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17/09/2014 Travel Destinations

Fantastic scenery at one of Japan’s main hot springs. Catch a special moment at “Lake Kinrin”

Relax at “Yufuin”, the land of hot springs engulfed by nature. Yufuin, Oita, is a hot spring area boasting a large volume of hot spring water. So close to “Mount Yufu”, an active volcano also known as Bungo-fuji, the area is known for its beautiful scenery. From exclusive high-class inns where only a few groups can stay per day, to old-fashioned hot spring lodges and casual public baths, the area has many such buildings. You can also enjoy a walk through rich nature as well as enjoying “hot baths” in this hot spring area. Derived from the beauty of a sunset view. At any moment, its expression can transform. A […]

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