Tomonoura is a great little port town in Hiroshima prefecture, but outside of the city proper. This seaside port, fishing harbor, and town is where Hayao Miyazaki based the location of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea ( 崖の上のポニョ). He was inspired by the location after taking a vacation there, and even designed one of the cafes in the town.
It’s a wonderfully quaint little Japanese town and perfect for sketching. I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought so. A large number of school children were there with their sketchbooks as well.
Click HERE to visit Tomonoura’s official homepage.
All around the port there are many stingrays swimming around. I’d never seen them in the wild before.
About Tomonoura – According to Japan-Guide.com:
Tomonoura (鞆の浦) is a port town at the southern end of Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Situated at a bay facing the Seto Inland Sea, the picturesque port town features an endearing old-fashioned fishing townscape, with a calm and laid-back atmosphere. Tomonoura is part of theSetonaikai National Park.
Tomonoura prospered in the olden days of sail boats, when merchant ships traveling along the Seto Inland Sea would dock at its port while waiting for a favorable tide. The town center flourished with the bustling sea activity, leading to thriving industries such as the production of “homeishu”, a medicinal liquor of shochu and 16 types of herbs, said to promote longevity.