Historical WondersMovie CultureSnowscapeHot SpringsVisiting Studio Ghibli lming locations16“Only Yesterday” is a story set in the Takase area amidst a tranquil scenery with a carpet of sa owers. The Yamagata Benibana Festival, held in early July every summer, bustles with visitors for sa ower dyeing and gathering.Endowed with bountiful nature, the Mogami region boasts one of the largest, most magni cent trees. You can discover a native cedar tree which closely resembles the one in Totoro and Genso no Mori, and a mysterious forest of fantasy and wonder, as in Princess Mononoke. These sites will be sure to take you to the world of Ghibli.■FeeFree of charge■Directions・A 15-minute walk from JR Takase Station・From JR Yamagata Station, take the Yamako bus bound for Yamadera and get o at Kazama Guard Shita after a 25-minute ride. A 30-minute walk from the bus stop■SeasonFrom the beginning to the middle of July① Yamadera■FeeFree of charge■Directions・From JR Mamurogawa Station, take the Sakegawa village bus bound for Oashizawa and get o at Kosugi after a 27-minute ride. A 5-minute walk from the bus stop② Mogami River CruiseGenso no MoriLarge, native cedar trees dividing into several trunks at the base make for a divinely beautiful scenery. Clusters of these trees, nurtured for over 1,000 years, lure you into the world of fantasy. Snow camellias in the forest herald the arrival of spring. The forest is located 15 minutes away by car from JR Furukichi Station. TEL: 0233-72-2111 (Tozawamura Industry Promotion Section)⑱ Takase Sa ower Field⑲ Totoro’s Tree / Genso no MoriOaza-Shimo-Higashiyama, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture TEL: 023-686-3341 (Takase Benibana Fureai Center)http://www.yamagata-community.jp/~takase/Oaza-Magarigawa, Sakegawa-mura, Mogami-gun, Yamagata Prefecture (Kosugi Village) TEL: 0233-55-2111 (Sakegawamura Tourist Association)http://sakegawa-kanko.com/Go behind the scenes of world-renowned Studio Ghibli movies. Yamagata is where many of Ghibli movies became reality.