As part of its annual “Free Hiking” series of themed hikes, the Chichibu Railway company of Saitama, Japan has just announced a new series of hikes based on the anime series “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.” Hikers on the courses will stop by 34 sacred sites.
“Anohana,” a story about friendship and conflict between 6 main characters, was famously set in around the Chichibu area of Saitama, and while it was broadcasting lots of fans went to the real-life city to check out the sacred sites. This summer, a theatrical version of the anime will be released.
The hiking courses are beginner-friendly, winding around 7 small hills in the area. Each course costs 160 yen, and participants who finish a course receive a badge. The badges can be affixed to a tapestry, which is completed when all 7 badges are attached.
Both the entrance tickets and the badges have illustrations of characters from the anime. The hikes will run until November 30.