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Toyama's 3 Places Featured in "Wolf Children" of Mamoru Hosoda
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Toyama’s 3 Places Featured in “Wolf Children” of Mamoru Hosoda

This great animated film, "Wolf Children" directed by Mamoru Hosoda draws its inspiration from one of the most beautiful prefectures in Japan, Toyama.

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Directed by the world famous, Mamoru Hosoda, this fantastic film offers a great story with an even greater backdrop. Winning 19 awards, this film takes you on a wonderful journey. The story is about Hana and her two half wolf children. When she was a college student, she falls in love with another student who happens to be half wolf. Their love brings them two kids, Ame and Yuki. Shortly after giving birth to Ame, the dad dies in an accident and Hana chooses to move to the countryside with her two kids.

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The story then follows the family’s struggle and ultimately the kids must choose to live as humans or as wolves. The majority of the movie takes place in a countryside modeled after Toyama prefecture.

 

Tateyama Alpine Route

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Wolf Children

Although the movie’s art is stunning, it doesn’t do justice to the real life Tateyama Alpine route. The Tateyama Alpine Route is characterized by its breath taking vistas an gorgeous landscapes. The total length of the alpine route is about 37 kilometers and the biggest difference in altitude is 1975 meters. This route runs between Toyama prefecture and Nagano prefecture. If you get the chance, you can really see the similarities between the movie and the real Tateyama Alpine route.

 

Tateyama Alpine Route

Address: Tateyama, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture

 

Shomyo Falls

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Not too far off from the Alpine route, Shomyo falls is another fantastic real life place that appeared in the movie. This is one of the natural monuments of Japan. It drops from 350 meters at its highest and has one of the biggest drops in Japan.  The greatest time to view this place is in the early summer when the snow melts in the Tateyama mountains. Also another waterfall can be see right next to Shomyo falls, Hannoki falls.

 

Shomyo Falls

Address: Ashikuraji, Tateyama-cho, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama Prefecture

 

Hana’s House

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Wolf Children
Photo Credit: ookamikodomonohananoie.jp

One of most iconic backdrops of the movie is the country house that Hana and her kids move into. Since the release of the movie, this house is actually called, Hana’s house. Originally owned by an elderly couple and used as a rest stop for climbers, the building slowly fell into disrepair. However, after the movie came out, fans began visiting the house and eventually in effort to preserve the home began. Now you can still visit this iconic home and see the inspiration behind the movie.

 

Hana’s House

Address: Aso18 Kamiichi-machi Naka-Nikawa-gun Toyama Prefecture

Website: Hana’s House

 

There is no doubt why Mamoru Hosoda chose Toyama as the backdrop for his film from the breath taking views to the beautiful scenic towns. When you come here to visit, you will really feel like you are in the movie. It’s no surprise that the film won numerous art direction awards.

 

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