Discover the world of Totoro in Japan

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Tonari no Totoro (となりのトトロ) is one of the films of Studio Ghibli most popular of all time. Many are passionate about the totoro character, buy various plushies and objects related to anime. If you live or wish to travel to Japan, you may want to visit totoro-themed sites. So we have separated some places that will make you travel and live in the totoro world in Japan.

For those who don't know, tonari no totoro was released in 1988, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The story follows a family who moved to the countryside, soon they discover a world hidden behind their new home. Studio Ghibli's films captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. If you haven't had a chance to watch this movie! Run and watch!

Living the real world of totoro in japan

I'm not even going to mention the Studio Ghibli museum in the article, because it's a must for all fans. Although there are many themed things, shops and objects. I believe that the most interesting things about totoro are spread across Japan.

Morikoro Park in Nagoya

If you are in Nagoya, you can visit the Morikoro Memorial Park to see the replica of Satsuki and Mei's house. The house and the environment were planned with great love and care, to recreate all the memories of the film. This house was created in 2005 for the Nagoya world fair. Since then the house has remained in the memorial park in Nagakute, Aichi.

Living the real world of totoro in japan

Even the interior of the house was meticulously created. You will see the father's office filled with books. The kitchen is fully decorated with many fine details, looking like a common kitchen from the 50s. All the details of the house like the hole under the house and even the bus stop. When visiting the house you have complete freedom to touch everything, open drawers, cabinets and windows. It is a true immersion in the totoro world.

Living the real world of totoro in japan
Totoro bus stops in Japan

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is the bus stop. We can find thousands of photos of people with cosplay of totoro holding a black umbrella at real bus stops. Some shops and people also placed a totoro doll on some bus stops or in front of stores to attract tourists' attention. Finding these places can be good for you to take memorable photos. Below is a list of points where to find these themed bus stops:

  • On Ninen-Zaka Street near Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto;
  • In the city of Saikai in Nagasaki;
  • Hakui in Ishikawa Prefecture;
  • In Totoro in the province of Oita;
  • At the Studio Ghibli museum;
Living the real world of totoro in japan

The Totoro forest in Sayama

Many scenes and images from Totoro's film were based on the hills of Sayama (Hills). This forest is located in Yamaguchi and is divided into 39 areas, with striking scenarios for fans. When traveling through this area you will find residential places, sights, various objects and references to the film, perfect for taking pictures. In addition to being able to know all the vegetation and nature present in the totoro film. It is a public forest, free of charge to visit and you are free to photograph. There are small shops and cafés in the area.

In the Mikajima and Tokorozawa area near Tokyo in Saitama you find 18 more forests that bear the name of totoro and influenced the creation of the film. For more information on all these areas, we recommend accessing this PDF by clicking here.

Living the real world of totoro in japan

The cat bus from the totoro movie

The Bus Cat in the movie is not just fantasy, in Japan there are several real catbuses scattered around. Even some preschools use themed buses for students. It is impossible to live in Japan and not come across anything related to totoro. What do you think about this? Do you know other places or thematic situations? Leave it in the comments and share it with friends. There are several thematic things regarding the film in Japan, to finish we will leave some images and videos below:

Living the real world of totoro in japan

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