The “Kyoto Hunting Map” is distributed in Kyoto. It is used as a guide map to tour around the stage plays of the animes, “Inari, Konkon Koi Iroha” and “Uchoten Kazoku.” These animes are known for their realistic portrayal of reality and for diligent reproduction of sceneries. If you are an anime fan, you will have more fun when you see sceneries similar to the detailed drawings in the anime while walking with the map in your hand!
The first step is to get the Kyoto Hunting Map
You can get the Kyoto Hunting Map in the Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto Tourist Information Center or in some stations. You should acquire the map first. “Inari, Konkon Koi Iroha.” and “Uchoten Kazoku” are not compiled in one sheet. They are printed separately, so please do not forget to get two sheets! The maps are free-of-charge. At this time, a lot of visitors have acquired the maps in the Kyoto Station of the Kyoto Tourist Information Center. The information desk there will also give you a useful pamphlet or map for Kyoto sightseeing. The receptionist also knows a lot of things about sightseeing and will give you suggestions, so to the tourists get off at the Kyoto Station, please drop in for a while.
The sacred place of "Inakon," the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine comes into one’s mind when the sacred place of “Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha” is mentioned. Even if you are not an anime fan, you will surely enjoy the plot of this anime. You can let your children watch it without worries and the adults would feel nostalgic while watching this, and this is why we recommend this anime. The visitors can take a picture with the erected panel of “Uka-sama,” a god of the grand shrine in the anime. Even if you say that “Inakon” is just a romance comedy, the place where Japanese people meet with gods in the olden days is deeply described.
Since childhood, the protagonist “Inari” often goes to the shrine to consult her worries with “Uka-sama.” “Uka-sama” has always looked over the protagonist “Inari.” On the other hand, “Inari’s” older brother does not visit the shrine often, which has “Uka-sama” feeling sad. Truthfully, the Japanese feel close with God, they fear them, and consult them with their problems. This animation can be easily thought of and recognized by those who often visit the shrine. The present generation can also learn Japanese customs through this anime. We also think that a lot of adult will feel nostalgic while watching this anime as they relive their childhood days when they used to go and play in shrines.
Since the interior of the main shrine in the Fushimi-Inari Taisha is on a mountain, it would take a few hours to go around the vicinity and would require you to do a light hiking. With this, we recommend for you to wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
There is also a panel along the Keihan Railway
You will find a panel of the protagonist, “Inari” in Keihan Railway Fushimi-Inari Train Station, which is the nearest station from Fushimi-Inari Taisha.
You can find panels of the characters of “Inari, Konkon Koi Iroha.” in train station such as Tanbabashi, Sumizome, Sanjo and Jingu-Marutamachi, so please search for all of them! Most of the panels are found in the ticket barriers, so you would be able to take pictures with them while on the Keihan Railway with the overlooking view of the station. We think it would be best to ride the next train as well. In addition, the Keihan Railway is offering an “Inari, Konkon Koi Iroha.” one-day unlimited ticket. It would also be better to use this.
The sceneries of "Uchoten Kazoku"
Set in Kyoto is “Uchoten Kazoku” drawn with the family love of Raccoon dogs. There are humans, raccoon dogs and Tengus (Japanese legendary creature) in this anime, which makes it seem mysterious. However, for some reason, nonsense setting and the familiar streets of Kyoto will surely make you imagine the “former capital, Kyoto.”
The Shimogamo Shrine, which is considered as a World Heritage, also appears often in this anime. The remaining abundant nature of “Tadasu Forest” is located here. It is a precious undisturbed forest where you would be able to see fireflies during summer even if you are in an urban place. You will sense a different atmosphere once you enter the forest. It is truly a place where you would be able to relax since you would bask in the relaxing power of the abundant nature and the sacred force of the shrine.
The anime revolves around a raccoon dog family, the “Shimogamo family.” Board the Keihan Railway from the Fushimi-Inari Grand Shrine and get off in Demachiyanagi, which is the last stop. The walk will be about 10 minutes, so it would be efficient to visit these places together.
There is a hexagonal temple that appears in “Uchoten Kazoku.” There is another hexagonal stone called, “Heso-ishi” (meaning of Navel Stone) here, which is the believed to be the center of Kyoto. However, in the anime, it is a place where a raccoon dog disguises oneself. It would be fun to stare at the stone with the anime’s plot.
The first thing that you will notice once you enter the hexagonal shrine is the splendid willow tree. When you look at it carefully, you will see that two branches of the tree are tied together with an Omikuji (fortune paper). By doing this, you would receive the right blessings. A lot of visitors come here for this.
The hexagonal shrine has been popular since then because of its three-minute walk away from the underground train in “Karasuma Okie station”. However, it would seem as if it got more popular once “Uchoten Kazoku” started airing.
To sum it all up
Though the Kyoto Hunting Map is a pilgrimage map, it will serve as an interesting tool for Kyoto sightseeing as it would provide a different viewpoint for people who have no interests in anime. This is most true since it would introduce famous places in Kyoto and Kyoto-like places. To the people who get off at Kyoto stations, do you want to stop by in the Kyoto Tourist Information Center and acquire the map? You might find new things there!
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