Chihayafuru is a Japanese comic about competitive
Awara is well known for its hot springs. The hot springs in Awara are among Japan’s top 100. They have a 135-year history. There are a lot of hot-spring hotels around Awarayunomachi Station, which you can get to by car or taxi in 15 minutes from JR Awaraonsen Station.
You can relax in the hot springs of Awara after going to the Chihayafuru holy places.
I looked through the Chihayafuru comics and found that Awara is featured in volumes two and four. Let’s take a look at volume two.
When Chihaya calls Arata, Arata says, “Don’t call me. I don’t do karuta anymore.” Chiahaya is worried about Arata and decides to meet him in Awara.
Chihaya arrives at Awaraonsen Station. In volume two, page 106 the inside of Awaraonsen Station is illustrated. I took pictures while looking at the comic.
Next is a very noteworthy scene in which Chihaya and Arata meet again(volume two, page 110-115). Arata is riding a bicycle and passes Chihaya beside a row of cherry trees. This place was named Arata Hill this year after Arata Wataya in Chihayafuru. I went there this April, so I was able to see the cherry blossoms.
Next, in volume two, page 148, the outer buildings of Awaraonsen Station are illustrated.
The next scene is also notable. In volume two, pages 150-153, on his bicycle Arata chases after a limited express train that Ayase takes. I also waited for a limited express train and took pictures.
Arata chases Chihaya until Urayasu Bridge.
He does a part-time job at a bookstore(Katsugi Bookstore) in front of Awaraonsen Station(volume four, page 6). Since the setting of the Chihayafuru movie
You can walk to the places I mention above in five minutes. Even if you go to all of the places, it will only take about 30 minutes.
※JR Awaraonsen station was renovated in 2022. As a result, some of the holy places of Chihayafuru have changed from how they used to be.
While in Awara, you can take in the setting for Chihayafuru.
「ちはやふる Vo.2」( 末次 由紀)（講談社）
「ちはやふる Vo.4」(末次 由紀)（講談社）