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Hyogo | 5.5h
A Journey Through Haruki Murakami's life and the Setting of His Works

Visit the landscapes that Haruki loved and deepen your love for his works.

Here's a tour for fans of Haruki Murakami.

Haruki Murakami is an author who made his debut as a novelist in 1979 and has been widely active as an essayist.
He is popular in Japan and around the world. He has been considered a top candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature because of his influence.
His roots are in the city of Kobe in the Kansai region. Episodes from the time he lived there sometimes appear in his essays, and in fact, scenes from the actual city often appear in his novels.

This tour will take you to the city where Haruki Murakami grew up, tracing his background and visiting the spots where his works are set.

First, you will visit the area where Haruki Murakami's parents' house was located, and then you will also visit the park that was featured in his debut novel and the library that Haruki Murakami says is his personal favorite.
We will also tell you about episodes from his childhood and the historical background of Japan at the time so that you can enjoy each spot from multiple perspectives.
Furthermore, you will explore the city center of Kobe, which greatly influenced his style of writing. Enjoy the scenery of the port of Kobe that he must have seen while in high school, enjoy the food that he still loves, and relive his life.

This is a must-see plan for fans who can not only rediscover the charm of his works but also get to know the background of Haruki Murakami's upbringing.


・Pinocchio is a restaurant that was featured in the travelogue book "Frontier, Near Border", where you can taste the same pizza that Haruki Murakami ate.
・At Toa Road Delicatessen, you can buy prepared foods that Haruki Murakami has loved since he was a young man.
・You can enjoy taking a photo with the school building in the background, which remains from the time when Haruki Murakami went to school. This is the location that appears in the movie "Norwegian Wood".
・Uchide Park is one of the locations where his debut novel was set, and I will introduce the scenes in which it appeared.
・You will visit the library, which Haruki Murakami said was his personal favorite, and experience the beautiful architectural design and history that fascinated him.
・You will introduce you to the places associated with Haruki Murakami's love of movies and jazz, which he was addicted to as a student.


Seido Junior High School
This is the junior high school where Haruki Murakami graduated. It is a common public junior high school in Japan, located in a residential area. However, it is an indispensable spot to learn about his background. In his essay, "How Murakami Asahidou Was Trained," he talks about his memories of that time.
Uchide Park
This park is famous for appearing as "the park with the monkey cage" in Haruki Murakami's debut novel "Hear the Wind Sing". The monkey that appeared in the book has since passed away, but the cage remains today.
Former Ashiya Municipal Public Library
This library is the model for the "Old Library" that appeared in his debut novel, "Hear the Wind Sing". It is associated with Haruki Murakami, who used it at one point in his life; it is a valuable Western-style modern building built in 1930 and designated as an important cultural property.
Kobe High School
This is the home school of Haruki Murakami and is one of the top schools in Hyogo Pref. The school frequently appears in his novels, and is especially famous as a location for the movie "Norwegian Wood," making it a must-see for fans. The main building of the school has existed since the 1930s, so you can enjoy the same view that Haruki Murakami saw.
Kobe Asahi Building
This building has something to do with Haruki Murakami's high school days. He used to go to Sannomiya after school to look for jazz records and watch movies. There is a movie theater in the building, and it was introduced as one of his memorable places in an interview when "Hear the Wind Sing" was made.
Kobe Foreign Settlement
This area is a place where you can feel the history of Kobe's development through trade and the influx of foreign culture. The building in this area is often used for wedding photos and fashion magazine shoots because of its massive and gorgeous architecture. When "Hear the Wind Sing" was made into a movie, it appeared in a scene where a woman was given a ride to her part-time job.
Tor Road Delicatessen
This is a long-established delicatessen in Kobe. Haruki Murakami has been coming here since he was in high school and says he has never encountered anything better than the sandwiches here. You can buy sandwiches and other prepared foods at the store, and there is also a coffee shop.
This is an Italian restaurant associated with Haruki Murakami. When you order a pizza, you will receive a note indicating how many pizzas it has baked so far, which is a unique experience. In his essay, "Frontier, Near Frontier," he mentions how he was surprised by the note. It is also a place where fans gather every year on the day of the announcement in October, hoping that Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize for Literature.


・In case of bad weather on the day of the tour, transportation, places to visit, and tour routes may be changed.
・The tour end location is different from the meeting point. If you wish to change the end location, please consult with your tour guide.
・We will be walking a lot, so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
・Please understand that tour spots might be changed to alternative spots in case of temporary closure.
・Only the exterior of Seido Junior High School is open to the public.
・If you have any food allergies, please let your guide know in advance. This includes spots where alcoholic beverages are served. Children are allowed to enter, but must be at least 20 years old to drink alcohol.

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Tour price INCLUDES:
Guide fee, Insurance
Tour price EXCLUDES:
Transportation, Entrance fee, Meals, Souvenirs, Other experience fees.
 (Approximate minimum cash requirement: 2,300 yen / person)

Meeting Point

Hanshin Uchide Station (For Kobe, Akashi, Himeji)

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