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One of the strong points of A Bridge to the Starry Skies - Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is the location. The countryside town, with all that pure air, water and greenery really sets the mood and works as a contrast with the Tokyo grown protagonist.

Shibuya? Is it something to eat? - Ui, ep 7

Is it a real place? Or was it inspired in some real world location? Bonus points for google maps link.

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I've never seen Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, but I was able to find a blogpost by somebody who seems to have found the model-location for the countryside part of the show: Hida-Takayama, Gifu.

If you want to explore the area, here's a Street View from just outside the Hida-Ichinomiya station (the one whose signboard is shown below), and here's a Street View from on the red bridge (also shown below).

Here's a couple of the comparison shots from that blogpost:

For the dedicated anime pilgrim, anime-tourism.com may be of particular interest - it includes a list of locations for quite a few anime, including Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi. And not only do you get the locations, you get a map with pins for all the sites you should visit! The pins are, in order:

  • Hida-Ichinomiya Station
  • Miyanaka School, old building (now demolished)
  • Kanzaemon Inn
  • Bridge on the way to school
  • Bus stop
  • Hida-Ichinomiya Minashi shrine
  • Liquor store (?)
  • Bagpipe Cafe
  • Nakabashi / central bridge
  • In front of the pickler's

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