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Pilgrimages to Sacred Places!

In the prefectures of Aichi, Gifu, and Mie, where the World Cosplay Summit takes place, you can find many places of special significance in connection with anime and manga. Do come and check them out!


Gifu Prefecture


Anime: Hyouka

(c) Honobu Yonezawa and Kadokawa Shoten/Kamiyama High School Classic Literature Club Alumni Association

This is the setting of school youth mystery "Hyouka."
The townscape shown in the opening, the Ikibina Festival, and other real-life locations and events are depicted in detail, and you can explore specific scenes from the story.

Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Getting there from the Nagoya area
Take a JR train from Nagoya Station to Takayama Station (travel time: 2 hours 20 minutes)


Anime: A Silent Voice
The story is set in a fictional city modeled on the city of Ogaki. Parks, bridges, intersections, and other locales in Ogaki are faithfully depicted, and even just in the area around the station, you can encounter a variety of places used as scenes.

Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture
Getting there from the Nagoya area
Take a JR train from Nagoya Station to Ogaki Station (travel time: 30 minutes)


Anime: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

(c) Ruri Miyahara/Shonen Gahosha

Usa is a high-school student living on his own because his parents moved away for work. Also living at Kawai Complex, where he boards, are an upper-class student he admires as well as some eccentric other residents. Kawaramachi is the setting of this romantic comedy.

Kawaramachi, Gifu City
Getting there from the Nagoya area
Take a JR train from Nagoya Station to Gifu Station, then take a bus to Gifu Park/Gifu City Museum of History; from there, 1 minute on foot (travel time: 45 minutes)

Aichi Prefecture


Satsuki and Mei's House

(c) Studio Ghibli

This establishment is an exact re-creation of Satsuki and Mei's house in "My Neighbor Totoro."
You can walk through the house and encounter the world of "My Neighbor Totoro."

Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park, 1533-1 Otsu Ibaragasama, Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture
Weekdays: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Mondays (or the next weekday when Monday is a holiday)
From Nagoya sta.: Take the Higashiyama subway line to Fujigaoka sta. and then transfer to the Linimo to Ai Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen sta. The site is about a 1-minute walk from the station (total estimated time 50 minutes).


Anime: Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki
Making appearances in "Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki" are a variety of sightseeing destinations, tourist spots, and examples local cuisine known collectively as Nagoya meshi. (Nagoya Station, Osu Kannon, the Port of Nagoya, Nagoya Castle, and many other sites appear in this work!)

Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

From Central Japan International Airport sta.: Take the Meitetsu Airport Line to Nagoya sta. (total estimated time 50 minutes).

Mie Prefecture


Bankyo Figure Museum

Copyright (c) Bankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.

This museum exhibits a collection of over 30,000 figures, including tokusatsu heroes, bishojo figures, anime characters, and more. It's also possible for you to dress up in cosplay and take commemorative photos in the studio.

From Nagoya sta.: Take the JR line to Ōka sta. The site is about 15-minute walk from the station (total estimated time 2 hours 50 minutes).

Bankyo Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. No. 3 Factory, 725-1 Nita, Taki-cho, Taki-gun, Mie Prefecture
Hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; closed Saturdays
Phone: 0598-30-5266




Otaku Spots Pligrimages to sacred Places!

Meiji Village
Nagoya Castle
Laguna Ten Bosch
Nagashima Spa Land


Movie: Your Name
Furukawa-cho is in the city of Hida, at the northern edge of Gifu Prefecture.
Here there are multiple locations used as models in the move "Your Name," and you can explore specific scenes in the movie.

Furukawa-cho, Hida, Gifu Prefecture
Getting there from the Nagoya area
Take a JR train from Nagoya Station to Hida Furukawa Station (travel time: 3 hours)


World Cosplay Summit
The world's greatest cosplay competition began in Nagoya in 2003! Competitors who win preliminary rounds in 40
 countries and regions put their cosplay pride to the test in a bid to become number-one in the world. The competition includes photos session, parades, and more -- it's loaded with events that regular cosplayers can also take part in!

Sakae and Osu area, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

From Nagoya sta.: Take the Higashiyama subway line to Sakae sta. (total estimated time 5 minutes) Take the Higashiyama or the Tsurumai subway line to Ōsu Kannon sta. (total estimated time 7 minutes)


Anime: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea
The sea and the land are the themes of this fantasy, but the city of Kumano and the town of Kihoku serve as its basic models, and here you can find a variety of backdrops that make an appearance, chiefly in Kumano's Hadasu and Atashika districts.

Kumano,Mie Prefecture and other areas Getting there from the Nagoya area Take a JR train from Nagoya Station to Kumano City

(travel time:3 hours)



観 光 施 設

The tourist facility is also a highligt spot!

Nagoya Castle


One of the three most important castles of Japan, and one of the 100 most beautiful castles of the country. Designated as a National Special Historic Site.

Meiji Village Museum


An open-air museum located in Inuyama City, and a park based on the architecture of Meiji era.

Laguna Ten Bosch


A theme park that can be enjoyed all day and night to experience adventures and dreams, featuring attractions, entertainment shows, RPG attractions, and night shows.

Nagashima Spa Land


The largest amusement park in Japan featuring about 60 types of attractions, and a Guinness World Record certified roller coaster.


Cosplay welcome(host)town(Place)


Pop culture is also a highlight spot!

To become a Cosplay host town, Nagoya wishes to create an environment where cosplay can be enjoyed in the entire city and to see everyone express their creativity all around the city through cosplay photoshoots, and let the world know about Nagoya's charm. The city also wishes to become a symbol of "pop-culture".


Wrapping Bus

Wrap-ad Bus (Me-guru)
A wrap-ad bus (Me-guru) for the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is in operation in the city of Nagoya. Watch for it!

Cosplay Host Town Guide

"Cosplay Welcome" Shops
This indicates businesses where cosplayers are welcome to enter while in costume. For details, check the guide!

Store Entrance OK for cosplays!

Look for this sticker!

OTAKU Spots Another topics


Otaku Spots Another topics

Store Entrance OK for cosplays!

We've made location maps and walking maps that feature municipalities used as settings in anime and manga. You can use these to take photos from the same angles as in famous scenes in anime and manga, sample tasty local specialties, and enjoy local dialects! These also include lots of sightseeing destinations that are worth visiting!
Enjoy your favorite scenes in real life!

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