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Kimi No Na Wa Lake

Crackling ice forms this natural phenomenon over the lake that inspired the 2016 anime “Your Name” (“Kimi no Na Wa”). Will this elusive anomaly make an appearance this year?

A glistening white road upon a frozen lake surface in central Nagano Prefecture is where the gods walk. Across Lake Suwa, a natural phenomenon referred to as “The Gods’ Crossing” appears in winter when the ice forms ridges across the lake’s surface. The scene is out of this world.


If you’re lucky enough to witness this natural wonder up close you’ll be whisked away into a fantasy wonderland. We had a chance to stop by and pay it a visit a few years back after visiting the famous Matsumoto Castle which is located nearby.

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The lake has a natural hot spring under its surface which causes this anomaly to occur. During winter when the top of the lake freezes, the hot springs below are still warm and circulating. The warm water interacting with the cold ice forms pressure ridges or ice patterns on the lake surface. Some of the ridges reach heights of more than 30cm and look like sharp blades jutting out of the ice.

(御神渡り) in Japanese. This journey sees the god descending across the Suwa Taisha (Suwa Grand Shrine) complex which has shrine buildings situated at opposite ends of the lake. At 1, 200 years old, the complex is one of the oldest groups of Shinto shrines in Japan.

While it’s probably the last thing you’d want to see when visiting a frozen lake, a crack in the ice is considered a good omen which locals wait for anxiously every year. Unfortunately, the frequency with which the ice patterns appear has steadily dropped since the 1990s due to rising temperatures. This is truly a rare sight as the Gods’ Crossing doesn’t always form and there’s no real way to predict whether it will show up this year or not.

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In 2018, the ice pathway appeared for the first time since 2013. Considering the warm temperatures this year it’s a bit of a toss-up. Blame it on global warming.

This is truly a rare sight as the Gods’ Crossing doesn’t always form and there’s no real way to predict whether it will show up this year or not.

When it does appear though, it’s like something of holy scripture. It’s even studied and analyzed by the locals to predict social conditions and annual crop harvests. They’ve been doing this since the 14th Century. Does that mean this is perhaps one of the world’s oldest weather records?

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Thermal activity under the lake also means there are therapeutic onsen (hot springs) nearby. Loads of them can be found along the shores of the lake in the Kami Suwa area. At the very least, if the elusive phenomenon doesn’t occur, you can enjoy a nice hot spring experience on the lake that inspired

Lake Suwa itself is quite picturesque, even if the Gods’ Crossing doesn’t make an appearance this year. If you are looking to get out and explore a new and interesting part of the country, then put Lake Suwa near the top of your list of places to visit.

From Tokyo you can take a Limited Express Azusa on the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Kami-Suwa Station. The journey takes about 150 minutes. Lake Suwa is a short eight-minute walk from Kami-Suwa Station.

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By car, take the Chuo Expressway and exit at the Suwa exit. It is about 170 km from Tokyo. From the exit, it's around 6km to central Kami-Suwa.

Matsumoto Castle is one of four castles designated as 'National Treasures of Japan' and one of the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan.

Karuizawa offers cool fresh mountain air and stunning views and makes a great get away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.(アニメ) is by and large a huge factor of Japan’s popularity around the world. It is a facet of the country’s subculture that is enjoyed by millions of people everywhere, and many creative minds have carved out names in the industry and produced works that have gained critical acclaim and household recognition, such as Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿), Hosoda Mamoru (細田守), and Shinkai Makoto (新海誠 ).

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, people from other countries have a looking glass through which they gain insight into the everyday lives of the Japanese and the sceneries which surround them. It is a very common practice for


Studios to harness the likenesses of actual locations in Japan as backdrops for their works, often right down to the exact same placement of minutiae like signposts and trees.

Fans of the anime ‘Zombieland Saga’ (ゾンビランドサガ) will surely recognise the former Mitsubishi Company Headquarters building in Karatsu, Saga, which served as the focal setting for the show. (Image credit: Ananda Kang)

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Venture out to hunt down the real-life places found in it. They usually strive to take photographs in the same angles as featured in the show, and allow themselves the fanciful illusion that they stand in the very same ground as their favourite characters did in the show.

Blends with my love for travelling around Japan in the form of these so-called pilgrimages—as a matter of fact, one of my most-loved places in Japan happens to be a venerable holy site in its own right: Oarai Town (大洗町

), a highly popular and critically-acclaimed movie about two high schoolers living in different parts of Japan who wake up one day to find that their bodies have been switched. They struggle to come to terms with their mutually alternating existences, the city boy living out the life of a country girl and vice-versa, and eventually develop a close bond with each other that transcends time and space.

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) while taking inspiration from other locations such as a picturesque lakeside city in Nagano (長野) and a charming volcanic island in the Izu Island chain (伊豆諸島

). Just as in many other Shinkai Makoto films, scenes are reproduced faithfully and beautifully from their real-life counterparts, so read on if you plan to embark on your very own “Your Name”


Nestled within Tokyo’s bustling downtown area in Shinjuku (新宿) is the neighbourhood of Yotsuya (四谷). Already popularised by earlier art forms like the Kabuki work ‘Yotsuya Kaidan’

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And author Murakami Haruki’sfamous novel ‘Norwegian Wood’, Yotsuya shot to further fame among modern fans by serving as the backdrop of a climactic scene in “Your Name”.

) has seen throngs of fans visiting to shoot this iconic angle, reimagining the scene where the two main characters shared a heartfelt exchange.

Yotsuya Suga Shrine (四谷須賀神社) Address: 5-6 Sugacho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0018 Nearest stations: Yotsuya-Sanchome Station (四谷三丁目駅) / Yotsuya Station (四ツ谷駅) Opening hours: 24 hours (Suga Shrine is open 9am–5pm daily)

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Situated just beside Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) is a fancy but quaint Italian restaurant called La Boheme. Its facade was replicated in the movie as the setting of the restaurant where the male protagonist of the show, Taki (瀧), worked a part-time job.

The food was great and the atmosphere was charming. There were a lot of young couples dining in when I visited, so even if you’re not a huge fan of the show this place is also an ideal spot for a casual date.

Cafe La Boheme (カフェ ラ・ボエム) Address: 1F/2F Cosmo Shinjuku Gyoen Building, 1-1-7, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022 Nearest station: Shinjukugyoem-mae Station (新宿御苑前駅) Opening hours: 11:30am–11:30pm (Weekdays), 11am–11:30pm (Weekends and Public Holidays) Tel: +81 3-5366-2242


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Speaking of dates, in one part of the movie Taki goes on one with an older lady from his part-time job whom he admires. They visit an art gallery that is ostensibly derived from The National Art Center (国立新美術館

) in Roppongi (六本木), Tokyo. The two characters share a light meal and view art displays against the backdrop of the building’s dramatic wave-like contours.

The National Art Center, Tokyo (国立新美術館) Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558 Nearest station: Nogizaka Station (乃木坂駅) Opening hours: 10am–6pm (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays), 10am–8pm (Fridays & Saturdays) (Closed on Tuesdays) Admission fee: Free (Fees may vary by exhibition/facility) Tel: +81-3-5777-8600

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We step out of the metropolitan capital in search of more holy sites in the countryside. Situated in Nagano Prefecture and conveniently connected by a single rail line to Tokyo via the Chuo Line (中央線

) is a quiet township that nevertheless hosts one of the oldest Shinto shrine complexes in Japan. (You can read more about Suwa Taisha in this article from my scooter trip series).

It so happens that the fictional rural town of Itomori which the female protagonist, Mitsuha (三葉), lives in takes on a very striking similarity to the city of Suwa. Actually, a cluster of lakes and lakeside settlements in Koumi Town (小海町

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), Nagano served as the direct basis for Itomori, but Lake Suwa (諏訪湖) itself is prominent and grandiose enough to warrant some credit. If you’re ever in the area around southern Nagano it is definitely worth venturing out to take in this magnificent view.


Near the end of the second act of the film, Taki sets off in search of answers to a mystery which had befallen him. His quest takes him to the rustic town of Hida-Furukawa (飛騨古川).

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