In the 20th episode of the second season of the anime Yama no Susume, “Climb of Encouragement“, you can see a beautiful park with quirky buildings, that looks completely fictional. Fortunately, for all of us, it’s an actual park in the rural area of Hanno, right beside Tokyo. The park is called Akebono no Mori or “Akebono’s forest“, but it is also called Moomin Valley due to it’s connection with the Moomin characters. You can find more about that as well as general information about the park here on one of the first posts written in English about the park: http://insaitama.com/moomin-valley-akebono-forest-in-hanno-city/. Here are some scenes from the anime, with a real life photo for comparison.
There are other scenes from the anime within walking distance of Akebono’s Forest. I even found a map online of the route you can take to see them all. Unfortunately, it is in Japanese only.
You can find other scenes with information in English on this blog here: https://ramenshojo.wordpress.com/tag/yama-no-susume/
You can rent season 2 of Climb of Encouragement on Amazon video. This is an affiliate link**.
Don’t forget to check out http://insaitama.com/moomin-valley-akebono-forest-in-hanno-city/ if you want information in English on how to get to Moomin Valley.
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