Sekizenkan - Have you remembered from Miyazaki's Spirited Away?


After learning that Miyazaki gave up from retirement, first thing I did was to watch my favorite Miyazaki Animes. Of course one of my favorite anime is Spirited Away. So I remembered I wrote an article about this beautiful place in my Turkish Blog and now I would like to share with you.

I am not sure if you’ve already known that Miyazaki uses some real places in his anime. Sekizenkan is one of these places. 

In Japan, there are nearly 27.000 hot springs and It’s said that Sekizenkan which is in Shima Onsen at Gunma Prefecture is one of the oldest onsen( Japanese Hot Spring) in Japan.


It takes 3 hours by car from Tokyo. This area which is famous for its hot springs also has a legend. God of the mountains gives the power to heal 40.000 kinds of ailments to this hot spring. That is why that area is called “shima” which means 40.000.
Sekizenkan’s main building is thought to be the oldest part of the building and it’s visited by Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away Fans frequently.
It’s forbidden to bring food outside, but you can enjoy eating bento which contains local veggies and flavors. And you can experience the classical Japanese onsen culture there. (ex. laying your bed, using a common toilet, using common hot spring area...)


Especially Skizenkan’s 4th building(called Maeshin) which is built in 1930 is an inspiration to the anime Spirited Away.(2nd and 3rd floor of the building.)The visitors usually say that the tunnel between main building and Sanso( the building constructed in 1936) also reminds of the scene in Spirited Away.


I learned these interesting information from the Highlighting Japan Magazine June 2016 issue. If you like to know more about it, don’t forget to check it.

 Spirited Away Turkish Poster - Bir Film/DR
This place becomes number one in my “the places I must visit in Japan” List. How about you?

Info:  Highlighting JAPAN 2016 June Issue