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Explore Japan

Anime Dramatic Tours

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Aired: October 15, 2021 (UTC)


Anime Dramatic Tours (ADT) is a fictional travel agency that provides guided tours of famous locales featured in Japanese anime films and television series. Join ADT travel guide Sascha as he navigates the exciting world of anime, comparing well-known anime destinations with the real-life spots on which they are based.

On this particular day, the ADT office welcomes Yuriko Tiger, a popular cosplayer from Italy. She signed up for a tour after hearing the city of Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture is home to destinations featured in her favorite series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Based on a novel by Tanigawa Nagaru, the anime was a massive hit in the US, Italy, the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong. All dressed up as the main character Haruhi, Yuriko is delighted as Sascha guides her through the must-see spots.

Following the tour, Sascha says there’s one more area he wants Yuriko to experience. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at The Tatami Galaxy, an anime based on the novel of the same title by Morimi Tomihiko. The story of a Kyoto University student who transforms his college life via his campus club activities, the spots that appear in the anime are rarely found in travel guides. Sascha’s tour also introduces Yuriko to the delicious local treats featured in the anime.

This is an unforgettable experience of Japan like never before, recreating the experiences of the anime characters in the exact same locations. Have a wonderful trip!


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