This is a great article with lots of information about the different locations in Japan that was inspirational for making a lot of studio Ghibli movies. The article has a lot of useful information if you wish to travel to any of these destinations while visiting in Japan.
Studio Ghibli has produced some of Japan’s most memorable and beautiful films, including the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the Oscar-nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and the children’s classic My Neighbour Totoro. In preparation for these and other movies, the studio’s directors – most famously master animators Hayao Miyazaki and the recently departed Isao Takahata – and their art teams would visit real locations around Japan in search of inspiration. The resulting background art by the likes of art director Kazuo Oga are stunning and as much a visual identity of Studio Ghibli’s films as their wonderful characters and fantastical plots.
Here’s a complete guide to a few of our favourite sites of inspiration.