Some quick news for all you Studio Ghibli fans out there: Ghibli Park, a family-friendly tourism destination celebrating the films of Studio Ghibli, is currently on-schedule to open in Aichi Prefecture during the Fall season of 2022. Hit the jump to learn more.
SouthWorks, a Tokyo-based company whose main service is to distribute Japanese games to overseas, opened a teaser website for its new "OTAKU HOUSE" project that includes an anime/manga-themed guest house for foreign tourists, along with tours and events in future. Watch a four-minute introduction movie for the project after the jump.
Previously announced with a tentative opening date of 2020, it now appears that the "Ghibli Park" amusement park attraction is aiming to open in Moricoro Park (also known as Love Earth Expo Memorial Park) in Nagakute City in 2022, and now Studio Ghibli and Aichi Prefecture have revealed concept artwork as well as the park's general design philosophy. Hit the jump to explore.
In a special ceremony that was held in Tokyo, singer / voice actress / pianist Yui Makino was appointed as an official "Kamifurano PR Ambassador" by the town of Kamifurano in Hokkaido. Hit the jump to learn more.
Art imitates life, as the saying goes, and thanks to the success of the TV anime adaptation of Laid-Back Camp, camp-sites in Yamanashi and Kanagawa Prefectures in Japan are reporting busier-than-average winter seasons as a result of anime fans seeking to experience the "sacred sites" of the series. Hit the jump to learn more.
Voice actors Rie Kugimiya (Kagura in Gintama) and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuno in Black Clover) are teaming up with the Kumamoto Media Contents Commission to act as virtual voice guides promoting tourism in Kumamoto Prefecture in a campaign entitled "Koe to Tabi suru Seiyuu Onsei Guide" ("Talking and Trip-Taking Voice Actor Voice Guide") which runs until March 09, 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
As anime tourism becomes more popular, prefectures are making it easier for fans to go on pilgrimages! Gifu Prefecture is preparing maps and other resources for fans of your name. and other popular anime. Find out more after the jump!
Coffee afficionados who want a bit more automation in their morning java routine will soon have the opportunity to experience the sort of caffeinated bliss that only robots can provide at the Henna Cafe ("Strange Cafe"), a tiny coffee kiosk on the 1st floor of the Shibuya MODI shopping center in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to BEEP BOOP.
Seibu Railways is teaming up with TMS Entertainment for Chichibu de Buchichi, an original short animation that promotes tourism in the scenic spots around Chichibu City in Saitama Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
Back in May of 2017, animation studio Gainax Fukushima and the tourism board of the port town of Onahama in Inaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan teamed up to produce a promotional anime entitled Jinriki Senkan!? Shiokaze Sawakaze ("Human-powered Battleship!? Shiokaze Sawakaze"). Now they're back at it with a second installment about personified battleships needing a little peddling power to protect the peace from interdimensional invaders. Hit the jump to check it out.
One of Japan's most enduring cultural exports is the concept of the ninja, a secretive group of spies and assassins that use trickery (and sometimes mystical powers) to shape history while striking from the shadows. Contrary to popular belief, Japan is not exactly crawling with ninja. In fact, the demand for ninja entertainers so far outstrips the supply that currently Japan faces a bona fide shinobu shortage. Hit the jump to learn more.
The phenomenon that is Makoto Shinkai's latest film in "Your Name" continues to attract people from all around Japan as well as the world. The latest promotion is sure to drive tourists to Tokyo, as Cool Japan Travel has announced a new collaboration with tour organizer Willer where the anime film will be prominently advertised on one of the company's signature double-decker buses. Hit the jump for details.
Studio Ghibli is teaming up with Aichi Prefecture to create a My Neighbor Totoro-themed installation entitled "Ghibli Park" that aims to be open to the public in 2020. Hit the jump to learn more.
Commissioned by the tourism board of Onahama - a town in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan - Gainax Fukushima has created a 16.5 minute promotional web anime entitled Jinriki Senkan!? Shiokaze Sawakaze ("Human-powered Battleship!? Shiokaze Sawake") that re-imagines a pair of scuttled destroyer-class ships as superheroes defended the peaceful port of Onahama. Hit the jump to check it out.
The legendary duel between master swordmen Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro continues in the modern day in a series of 10 short web anime episodes designed to drum up tourism for the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.