Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea | By Studio Ghibli【Anime Holy Place】

Anime Holy Place

“Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” is a feature-length animated film produced by Studio Ghibli.
The director is Hayao Miyazaki.

This time, I will introduce Tomonoura in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, which was the stage of “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”.

Tomonoura attracted attention because Hayao Miyazaki stayed for a long time because of the concept of “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”.

If you are a fan of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, please read this article and go to Tomonoura.

Tomonoura, the stage of “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”

Ponyo welcomes you at the bus center at the entrance of Tomonoura.


The village with a shipyard

Introducing the town where Sosuke lives as a school route.
It’s very similar to a city drawn in anime.


The dock near the nursery school

Introducing the dock that appears in the round-trip of the nursery school.

Actually, unlike the movie, there is no road across the dock, but this is exactly what you think.
Including the color of the ship, perfect.


Maeyama Park

After the town is submerged, Toki appears in a scene covering Sosuke from Fujimoto.

It is in the highest area in Tomonoura.
This seems to be a perfect match.

Panoramic view

Finally, a panoramic view of Tomonoura.


Access to the stage of “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”

Let’s go to JR Fukuyama Station by bullet trains, trains, airplanes, express buses, etc. from major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Hiroshima.

The map below shows the route from Hiroshima Station to Tomonoura.

It is recommended that you take a bus from JR Fukuyama Station to Tomonoura.
It takes about 30 minutes on the Tomotetsu bus that runs from the Fukuyama Station bus stop at the south exit of JR Fukuyama Station.

The fee is 550 yen one way and you pay when you get off.
Be careful because the only bus heading for Tomonoura is the Tomotetsu bus.

Get on either No. 5 bus bound for Tomonoura or Tomokou.
Get off at Tomonoura.

Time table

The earliest bus from Fukuyama Station: Fukuyama Station (6:40) → Tomonoura (7:12)

The slowest bus in front of Fukuyama Station: From Fukuyama Station (22:00) → Tomonoura(22:30)

During the day, 3~5 trains run per hour.