A Forest Shrine in Japan

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (8)

In the town of Takamori-machi, in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, lies a forest shrine known as Kamishikimikumano. The beautiful Shinto shrine was setting for a popular one-shot, shōjo manga written by Yuki Midorikawa called Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light).

In the embedded Google Map below you can see the shrine is located just off of a main road in a large forested area of the town.

 
Photographer ageo_akaihana is a huge fan of Yuki Midorikawa’s work and wanted to visit the real-life inspiration for the film. In the gallery below you can get a sense for this beautiful place. You can find the rest of the gallery on Flickr.

Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (6)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (7)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (2)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (3)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (5)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (4)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (1)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (9)

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Forest Shrine in Takamori-machi, Kumamoto japan hotarubi no mori es real location (10)

Photograph by ageo_akaihana

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