Iwami-cho Tourism Association in Tottori Prefecture reported on April 6 that they found a scribbling written as "for the team Free!" in the premise of Arasuna Shrine. The town is known for its having been the stage of Free!, Kyoto Animation's swimming club-themed popular TV anime in 2013. Hit the jump for more details.
A car rental company The fun2drive Owners' Club has planned a tour to visit the real locations in Kanagawa where the Initial D Fifth Stage anime series is taken place. They also provide the real cars raced in the story including AE86, RX-7, and GT-R to the participants. Hit the jump for more details.
Seichi Junrei (holy place pilgrimage) is now very important part of otaku culture. Anime fans love to visit the real locations where their favorite series used as a background. A local internet TV station in Kumamoto prefecture has posted a video report to introduce the appeals of the anime tourism inspired by Natsume Yujin-cho. Check the video after the jump!
It is often said that "Seichi Junrei" (Holy Land Pilgrimage) by anime fans is a key to promote local economy in Japan. The Juroku Bank, a local bank in Gifu Prefecture, estimates that the fans of the school mystery TV anime Hyouka will bring over 2.1 billion yen (approximately US$27 million) into the local economy in 2012. More details after the jump.