88 Anime "Pilgrimage" Sites Picked in Japan
Chiba, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)—The Anime Tourism Association has announced 88 locations closely related to Japanese animation works, including the central Japan city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, tied to the Kimi no na wa (Your Name) blockbuster movie.
Based on votes from around the world, the public-private group also picked Hakodate in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidō, Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima, and Takarazuka in Hyōgo Prefecture.
The association will develop "pilgrimage" sightseeing plans covering multiple places chosen from the 88 locations in cooperation with local governments and others.
The association hopes to attract visitors from abroad with popular anime works to support regional economic development, officials said.
The idea of picking 88 locations was inspired by the traditional 88-temple pilgrimage trail, called henro, around the island of Shikoku.
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