The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation and rapper SALU have teamed up to promote the Toei Oedo Subway Line. The Toei Oedo Line is the longest and deepest subway line in Japan, and has so many turns and inclines that it’s been compared to riding a roller coaster.
Itamori, the town featured in Your Name, is fictional, but it pulls a ton of inspiration from real-life locations. Hida City, one of the inspirations for Itamori, is leveraging that to bring in the money.
Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino is acting as the chairman of the Anime Tourism Association, an organization of private business interests (such as Kadokawa Corporation and Japan Airlines) that seek to spur tourism by encouraging fans of anime and manga from all over the world to visit locations all over Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
With the run up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the surrounding wards around the metropolis are starting to make an effort to draw in more international tourism. Hit the jump for details.
A recent run-in between cosplaying tourists and the locals has resulted in an blanket cosplay ban being instituted on the premises of the former Kamioka Elementary School in Ibaraki Prefecture, an "anime pilgrimage" destination associated with Girls und Panzer. Hit the jump to learn more.
The city of Kan'onji, which is located in the western part of Kagawa Prefecture and sports a population of about 60,000 people - is partnering with the 2014 TV anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero to promote local tourism. Hit the jump to learn more.
At a recent stage greeting event in Sendai, an announcement was officially made for a new pair of short animated features for idol anime Wake Up, Girls!. Hit the jump to learn more.
On October 09, 2015, representatives from 10 of Japan's local governments met to announce the formation of the Japan Ninja Council, whose goal is to promote tourism based on ninja-culture in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hit the jump to move silently within the shadows.
Junya Inoue, the author of BTOOOM!, has been appointed as "tourism ambassador" for his hometown of Shimanto in Kōchi Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
The cast of Fist of the North Star are touring Japan in the form of a new line of rubber straps with imagery designed to express the spirit of different regions. Hit the jump to see Kenshiro obliterate a castella with the Hokuto 100 Crack Fist technique.
Kōtarō Kosugi's manga and TV anime, Locodol, is teaming up with the "Butai Meguri" anime tourism smart phone app to transform Nagareyama City in Chiba into the fictional Nagarekawa City that the local idols promote. Hit the jump to learn more.