Shirakami Sanchi

Ghibli thinks big, so expect their inspiration to be just as expansive. More fuel for Princess Mononoke came from the northern tip of Honshu (Japan’s main island) via the lush folds of mountainous Shirakami Sanchi. Like Yakushima, Skirakami Sanchi holds World Heritage status, not only for its nature but for its diverse ecosystem of curious monkeys, black bears, and many distinct species of birds. Die-hard Mononoke fans should make an effort to see both Yakushima and Shirakami Sanchi to better understand and experience the true scope of its origin story.