This time, we went to the sacred place of the big hit anime “K-ON!”.
“K-ON!” Is a four-frame manga work by Kakifurai.
From 2009 to 2010, it was made into a TV animation based on manga.
This is a work depicting the youth of the light sound club of the private Sakuragaoka Girls High School.
It is a very influential work that sparked a light-sound boom and caused social phenomena.
This is a moving story that depicts the youth of the light sound club (tea time after school) consisting of five people: Yui, Mio, Ricchan, Mugi, and Azunyan.
It is a story of a light sound club that is active from scratch with 0 members in the state of being abandoned.
When four people are in second year high school, they welcome new students, Azunyan, and a total of five people tell the story from the formation of a light sound club to graduation from high school.
[After school tea time (HTT) members]
From the left
Mio (bass vocal)
Yui (lead guitar vocal)
Azunyan (rhythm guitar)
[Former Togo Elementary School]
Well then, K-ON! Let’s see the sacred place!
First, I came to Toyosato-cho, Inukami-gun, Shiga Prefecture.
This is an old school building that became a model for the private Sakuragaoka Girls High School that appears in K-ON.
The school building, designed by the famous architect William Merrell Voriz, is not only the exterior, but has been devised in various ways, and was once called the “Oriental best Elementary School”.
Therefore, even if you are not a K-on fan, it is a school building where you can fully enjoy it.
The depiction is almost the same in the anime landscape and the actual landscape.
Below, we will display the animation image on the top and the real photo on the bottom in an easy-to-understand manner.
[School appearance and surrounding scenery]
First is the school building.
Band scene in front of the school building
[Inside the school building]
Then into the school building
Guide map in the school building
Let’s go to the music room!
Discovery of a turtle on the railing that appeared in the anime!
A mascot found in front of the music room!
On the blackboard, graffiti of fans who visited this place
There was also a tea time set!
Weekdays are 8: 30-17: 00 (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are 9: 00-17: 30).
Offices are locked on Saturdays and Sundays, but tours are possible.
Anyone can freely write on the blackboard in the light sound club on the 3rd floor.
Visit and admission are free.
A tourist information center is also open in the old library (current gallery).
[Access to Toyosato Station ]
To get to the former Toyosato Elementary School, first take the train to Toyosato Station.
To Toyosato Station, transfer to the Omi Railway at JR Omihachiman Station.
You can get to Toyosato Station without changing trains if you take the train for Takamiya.
However, please note that there are only 1 or 2 trains per hour.
If you miss a train, you will have to wait about 30 minutes.
[From Toyosato Station to the former Togo Elementary School]
It is about 11 minutes on foot.
There is a tourist map like this!