If you’ve seen Your Name, then this photograph will seem familiar to you. In this feature, we talk about Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi No Na Wa and his inspiration of the landscape for the heroine Mitsuha’s village. This is the view of Lake Suwa and Suwa city from Tateishi Park in Nagano prefecture.
The park is about 1.5 km from the city center and offers a stunning view of Suwa.
The green areas that you see on the water are aquatic weeds that grow in the summer.
The park offers panoramic views of the beautiful town below.
The park has a fairly wide seating area with an amphitheater like feel and makes it a great spot to enjoy a picnic or to just take photos of the landscapes.
On a clear day, you can even see the Hida Mountains, which Nagano is well known for.
Wherever you look, you will be taken straight back to scenes from the movie.
The atmosphere of landscapes from Shinkai’s childhood have been beautifully conveyed throughout the movie and the views in real life are just as beautiful.
The Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival is held every summer with more than 40,000 fireworks going off. A great time to visit this spot.
As the lights come on, the city lights sparkle under you along with the fireworks.
One of the recommended spots close to Lake Suwa is Tsuetsuki Pass Observation Cafe Kaze no Uta (杖突峠 峠の茶屋 喫茶 風の詩) for stunning views of the city and the lake.
There is a free observation deck on the terrace of the cafe.
Overlooking the mountains, the atmosphere inside the cafe is serene.
The decor in this cafe is dotted with cat figures.
With sustainability in mind, on certain days, coffee grounds are given for free.
You can see Lake Suwa on the left from the deck.
Each view is absolutely stunning.
Even when it’s cloudy, the clouds are suspended just above the lush, green mountains.
Take your time to enjoy the gorgeous views of the city and the lake here.
If you plan to visit Nagano and are a fan of the film, then this is a neat little spot to add to your travel plans.
Tateishi Park (立石公園)
Open 24 hours
Parking space available
Tsuetsuki Pass Observation Cafe Kaze no Uta (杖突峠 峠の茶屋 喫茶 風の詩)
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