20 Places That Became The Stages of Studio Ghibli Part 1

Studio Ghibli is an anime studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan. The studio was founded in June 1985 after the success of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, funded by Tokuma Shoten. Studio Ghibli is famous for its popular animes, giving the fact that 8 of its animes are included in Japan’s 15 highest-grossing anime films. Spirited Away, Ghibli’s most famous anime grossing more than 290 million USD worldwide, won the Golden Bear in 2002, and won the Best Animated Feature Film on Academy Award in 2003. In this articles, you can find 10 places all over the world that became the stages of Ghibli’s famous animes.

1. Spirited Away

There are three stages in Spirited Away that actually exist in real world. Three of Spirited Away’s stages take place in Taiwan, Japan, and China.


Jiufen, Taiwan

The first stage takes place in Jiufen, a mountain area in Ruifang District of New Taipei City, which is also one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Taiwan.



Dogo Onsen, Ehime

The second stage takes place in Dogo Onsen, a famous hot springs located in Matsuyama, Ehime, which is also one of the most important natural hot springs in Japan.


Hongya Dong, China

The third stage takes place in Hongya Dong, a fancy and huge building located in Chongking, China.

2. Kiki’s Delivery Service

There are 2 places that became the stages of Kiki’s Delivery Service. These stages are both located in Sweden.


Stockholm, Sweden

The first stage is in Stockholm, which is also well-known as the most beautiful capital city in the world. Colico, the city where Kiki lived is inspired by the beauty of Stockholm.


Visby, Sweden

The second stage is in Visby, a small city in Gotland, Sweden. The city has a scenic view of the ocean, which practically inspired the Umi no Mieru Machi of Kiki’s Delivery Service.

3. Howl’s Moving Castle


Colmar, France

One of the stages of Howl’s Moving Castle takes place in Colmar, France. Colmar is the capital of Alsatian Wine, and it is well-known for its well preserved old town, with numerous architectural landmarks and museums.

4. Princess Mononoke

Two of the forests captured in Princess Mononoke are inspired two rain forests in Japan, located in Kagoshima and Aomori.


Yakushima, Japan

The first forest is the forest in Yakushima island, which is famous for its beautiful rain forest and nature. The forest is a cedar forest containing some of Japan’s oldest living trees.


Shirakami Sanchi, Japan

The second forest is a forest in Shirakami Sanchi in Aomori, which is registered as one of Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993. The forest is famous for its beautiful nature, consisting the famous waterfall Anmon Falls and the Twelve Lakes.

4. Porco Rosso

Two stages of Porco Rosso are located in Croatia and Greece, and both are located near by the sea.


Dubrovnik, Croatia

The first stage is Dubrovnik, a city in Croatia located near by the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea and it is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Navagio Beach, Greece

The second stage is Navagio Beach is a beach located on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. Navagio Beach is famous for its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, attracting thousands of tourists every year.


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