Recommendation by Lemi
Head south to Seiseki-Sakuragaoka Station where trains bring tourists and home-bound locals to the town of Tama. Continue a tour of the Tokyo corners that inspired Miyazaki with a stroll through the streets that made it into “Whisper of the Heart.” The pilgrimage through Shizuku and Seiji’s story starts the moment you take the Keio train into the station—it’s a spitting image from the film! An information board right outside the station maps out Shizuku and Seiji’s story. The map is in Japanese, but you’ll be looking for “Irohazakadōri Street (いろは坂通り),” the bridge leading up to it over the Okuri River and Kumano Jinja Shrine. The film is so faithful to the town that an aimless bike ride over the hills reveals many locations!
1 Chome-10 Sekido, Tama-shi, Tokyo, Japan
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