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Enter the Fantasy World of Spirited Away! Real Hot Spring Hotels That Inspired the Design of Yubaba’s Bathhouse

Spirited Away, the masterpiece of renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, took the world by storm in 2001. In the film, the female protagonist Sen worked in a magnificent bathhouse where spirits went to relieve their tired souls. Did you know that the design of this unique bathhouse came from real-life Japanese onsen (hot spring) hotels? This article introduces several of them that have similar vibes and designs as the one in Spirited Away, from the famous Dogo Onsen to ones in widely known Spirited Away filming locations. Fans of the animated film can check out this article before sightseeing around Japan!


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