Your Name is an animation drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai, who is also the animator and the writer of the film. The story starts with two main characters’ bodies suddenly switching. The two main characters: Taki , a young man living in Tokyo and Mitsuha, a young woman living in the countryside. We would like to decline to tell the story anymore here for those who have not seen it.
Some of Japan’s landmarks are described in the film. The main character Taki lives in Tokyo, and the heroine Mitsuha lives in the rural area which may be we guess Hida Takayama. You may have heard Hida Takayama since the area is very famous as sightseeing spots among international tourists. Thanks to the pilgrimage trip to those related areas, they are getting more popular worldwide.
Pilgrimage to Landmarks
1. Suga Shrine (Tokyo)
Tokyo where Taki lives has a lot of models of the scenes. Shinjuku including Suga Shrine, BUSTA and Cafe La Bohéme where Taki works, Shibuya, Yotsuya and so on.
2. Lake Suwa (Nagano Prefecture)
Hida Takayama is presented as Itomori where Mitsuha lives. But as for the lake in Itomori can be Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecure. Nagano is the land of the director Makoto Shinkai’s origin. Very close scenery.
3. Sannogu Hida Shrine (Takayama, Gifu Prefecture)
Miyamizu Shrine is the symbol of Itomori, and it is said the shrine is based on Sannogu Hie Shrine which is located in Takayama city. The life of Mitsuha and her family and friends is likely described in Takayama since there are very similar landmarks and spots in Hida Takayama area.