Looks Like! Here’s the Real Setting for Spirited Away!
The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Hana-Koganei, Tokyo is one place Studio Ghibli has accounted as using as a model for Spirited Away. Take a look at these photographs. I’m sure you’ll notice the similarities!
But we won’t just stop there. We’ll also actually stay there, enter the onsen, and enjoy delicious Japanese food to tell you more about Spirited Away. This is a must-see for those of you with interest! (Follow the last link)
1. Downtown Edo Street
5 minutes by bus from Musashi-Koganei Station and you’ll arrive here at the museum. Museum? That’s right! The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum has the buildings themselves as exhibits.
And inside a locksmith that’s been around since the Edo era…
4. The Residence of Takahashi Korekiyo
5. The Bathhouse
6. Toden Type 7500
Here’s an article on No-Face: No-face, No Sen, No Haku; Spirited Away
7. Police Box
By the way, did you know that many countries have adopted the Japanese police box system—which is globally well-received—and, as a result, crime has dropped drastically?
8. Luggage Carrier Attached to Bicycle
Inside are very Japanese “washitsu” room. The genkan’s unique for its large size and built-in steps.
They look similar, right? Go and check it out for yourself!
And here’s the additional information I promised earlier: So Beautiful…! Meguro Gajoen: An Invite to a Secret Spot Full of Japanese Traditions
Information: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Address: 3-7-1 Sakura-cho, Koganei-shi, Tokyo
・From Musashi Koganei Station
-Shinjuku>> Chuo-line to Musashi Koganei Station>> Take the Seibu Bus from stop #2/#3>>Get off at “Koganei Koen Nishiguchi” >> 5 minute walk from stop
-Shinjuku>> Chuo-line to Musashi Koganei Station>> Take the Kanto Bus from stop #4 (located in front of Mega Don Quihote store)>>Get off at “Edo-Tokyo Tatemono-en mae” >> 3 minute walk from stop
・From Higashi Koganei Station
-Shinjuku>> Chuo-line to Higashi Koganei Station, exit North Exit>> Take the Coco (Koganei-shi Community Bus) North-Eastern Route>>Get off at “Tatemono-en Iriguchi”>>10 minute walk from stop
Open: 9:30 – 16:30 or 17:30 (Closed: Almost Sunday)
Price: 400 yen