If you’re planning a trip to Japan, why not make it a real event and go on a your name. pilgrimage to honour Makoto Shinkai’s beloved movie? Supported by the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Initiative, Tokyo’s Anime Tourism Association is now inviting applications from otaku all over the world for the Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa.) Official Tour. The tour gives you the opportunity to go on a free Seichi Junrei (or Holy Pilgrimage) to visit the real locations seen in the anime movie, taking you to the rural Hida region of Gifu Prefecture and, of course, Taki’s home of Tokyo.
Here are the guidelines for the full tour. As you’ll see it’s quite an exclusive affair, with only 30 spots available. Everyone who applies has a fair chance of snagging a place, so don’t let that put you off. It would be so cool if one of our readers got selected.
5 or 6 days between 1 March (Wednesday) and 30 April (Sunday) 2017 (depending on departure location)
Number of Participants
30 people from all participating countries (Minimum 5 pax per tour)
One application per individual.
In the event that large numbers apply, participants shall be chosen at random.
20th January to 28th February 2017.
Departure date may vary depending on tour operator.
For more details, just head over to the official tour website. And if you don’t get your chance this time, don’t be disheartened. With our support, this can surely become a regular event.
The Cool Japan Initiative was launched in 2010 to increase exports of Japan’s “cultural products” overseas. This your name. tour is one of seven experimental projects that Japan’s government selected for financial support in December. 32 companies and organisations submitted their own plans initially, and applied for funding from a budget of 130 million yen.