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Real-Life Locations That Inspired Your Favorite Animated Films

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Plitvice Lakes

Sixteen lakes that connect to waterfalls are famous, and you can enjoy the scenery of primeval forests through dense forests of various trees.

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Tokorozawa City

My Neighbor Totoro, a film that symbolizes the childhood of Japanese people, is set in Saitama Prefecture, the hometown of director Hayao Miyazaki.

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Gotland Island

Visby is the capital of Gotland County in Sweden and a well-preserved medieval city designated as a World Heritage Site

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Yamagata Prefecture

Studio Ghibli’s 1991 feature-length animation Only Yesterday, based on a manga, depicts an adult reflecting on her childhood through a journey.

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Kov, Stiniva

European landscapes are often featured in Hayao Miyazaki’s animations. Porco Rosso is another work set in Europe, with Italy in 1929 as the main setting.

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Sakuragaoka

Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart, released in 1995, was produced when director Hayao Miyazaki was considering retirement.

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Yakushima

Princess Mononoke, directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki, was released in Japan in 1997 and set record-breaking box office numbers.

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Seibien

Studio Ghibli’s 2010 film The Secret World of Arrietty won the Excellent Animation of the Year award at the Japan Academy Prize.

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