Japan travel can get intriguing if we follow the steps of Haruki Murakami, one of the best Japanese novelists at the moment. Haruki Murakami novel tourism can feel weird, but it’s a different way to explore Japan through the novels of a great writer. Some spots might be commonplace, while others are filled of magic. If you are a Haruki Murakami fan and have read lots of his novels, this approach for Japan travel might be a good idea for you! We propose you ten different spots across Japan in which you can enter into Murakami’s imaginary and not-so-imaginary world.
Kobe, Hyogo (Hear the Wind Sing). Hear the Wing Sing is Murakami’s first novel. Haruki Murakami’s hometown is Kobe. In the novel you can find many places from the city, including Hnakyu Sannomiya Station. This is a very cute town situated not so far from Osaka. So, if you are going to Osaka, think about visiting Kobe as well. Re-reading the novel while enjoying the city might also be magical.
Mitaka, Tokyo (Pinball, 1973). In Murakami’s novel Pincall, 1973 we can find the International Christian University which is located in Mitaka. The campus is cute and Mitaka is a fine place to visit. If you are visiting Tokyo during spring, visiting Mitaka might be a good idea. Prepare good sport shoes for walking a lot.
Sapporo, Hokkaido (A Wild Sheep Chase). Sapporo is a great city to visit, especially in winter. I know, it’s very cold, but they have a festival in which they create awesome snow sculptures, which are not to be missed. You can also go during spring. It’s beautiful as well!
Tsujido, Kanagawa (Dance Dance Dance). Though in the novel you can find many towns, this one is particularly beautiful because you have incredible views of the Fuji from Tsujido Kaihin Park. So, if you want to take shots of one of the most unforgettable views of the Fuji, this is a must go spot to get the great shots.
From Yotsuya to Komagome, Tokyo (Norwegian Wood). This is a wonderful walk. Along the way there are many Universities, so it’s easy to walk onto students. It’s a nice walk by day, and also by night. Prepare comfortable shoes, and prepare yourself to experience Norwegian Wood for real!
Setagaya, Tokyo (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle). Setagaya is a residential area where there are many different styles of construction. I was living there for some years, and it’s quiet and a good place to live while in Tokyo. Prepare shoes and your camera if you like to discover residential architecture.
Shibuya, Tokyo (After Dark). Shibuya is a gem in Tokyo. This is to be explored by day and night: all of it. The huge streets and also the tiny ones. You can find real treasures hidden in small streets. Prepare your shoes, and your wallet, since it’s hard not to find something to buy!!
Takamatsu, Kagawa (Kafka on the Shore). It’s a nice place where to enjoy the seaside. Try Sanuki udon, the local speciality. This is a place to get relaxed and enjoy nature as well. So, relax yourself while you re-read Kafka on the Shore.
Hakone, Kanagawa (South of the Border, West of the Sun). This is a great place to enjoy onsen (in fact, I’d say that it’s the best place ever). From here you can also go to the Fuji. It’s not so far away from Tokyo, so it’s a good idea if you are thinking about having your onsen experience. Plus: it’s really nice.
Kichijōji, Tokyo (Sputnik Sweetheart). Taking a walk here is a delight, plus you have the Ghibli Museum and Inokashia Park. Around the Inokashira Park you can find also cool restaurants. Explore it because you can find great gems along the way.