1-Day Anime Tour of Hida
- Suggested Time
- 1 day
- By Foot
1. Hida-Furukawa Station
The station will be instantly recognisable to fans of the movie. From the bus rotary outside the ticket office, or the view over the train tracks from the nearby footbridge, take some time to get your bearings when arriving in Hida.
Ten minute walk north of Hida-Furukawa Station (Get directions)
2. Keta Wakamiya Shrine
One of Gifu's most celebrated shrines is the majestic Keta Wakamiya Shrine which is also known as Sugimoto-sama to locals. You may recognise several parts of the shrine from a certain anime movie.
20 minutes walk from the shrine back in the direction of the station — the library is a few blocks to the north-west of Hida-Furukawa Station. (Get directions)
3. Hida Library
Peruse this public library, connect to the Free Wi-Fi, and try to discover which areas may have inspired key scenes from anime movies.
3 minute walk to the south (Get directions)
4. Obora Dye & Fabrics
Here you can not only make handmade braided cords just like they were seen in the anime, but also change into an authentic kimono.
4 minutes south towards the Seto Canal (Get directions)
5. Shirakabe Dozogai Street
This idyllic scene is the perfect place to make the most of your kimono attire while discovering the neighborhood.
4 minutes south of Shirakabe Dozogai (Get directions)
6. Shinshuji & Sakura Gift Shop
This little area houses several discoveries including the riverside Shinshuji—admire the view from the vermillion red Imamiya Bridge—before dropping by Sakura gift shop, another place that offers a braiding experience.
For this last stop, you'll want to take the train from Hida-Furukawa Station north and alight at Tsunogawa Station (14 min, 3 stops) before crossing the river to find the bus stop. (Get directions)
7. Ochiai Bus Stop
This iconic location is a little remote, but worth getting to for those looking for the perfect photo.