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> Karuizawa Station Anime vs Real Life
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  Posted: Jan 12 2018, 02:26 AM

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There are always new things to discover and explore when it comes to Initial D. Re-watching episode 16 from First Stage, it shows Iketani goes on a date with Mako for the first time. Kenji, Itsuki and Takumi decided to follow Iketani secretly to find out who this Mako girl is. Unfortunately, Kenji had very poor following skill and somehow caught by Iketani.

They pulled into a rest stop on the side of the highway. This is a real life location in 横川 (Yokokawa). (See links below to check it out) The next scene brings us to the 軽井沢駅 (Karuizawa Station) where the three could not believe their eyes of how beautiful Mako is. The next scene brings us to a cafe where Iketani and Mako chat and hang out. There is a brief moment where it shows a real life building in the town of Karuizawa.

軽井沢 (Karuizawa) is a very beautiful resort town in the mountains near 佐久, 長野県 (Saku, Nagano Prefecture) With population less than 20,000, it's a small town that has attractions such as skiing, hot springs, golf... etc.

With such realistic backdrop in Initial D, one can't help but wonder if Initial D's fame indirectly promoted tourism for Japan. It's not far-fetched to imagine that countless people visited Japan because of Initial D. Will you visit Japan one day? Where do you want go visit first?

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Kenji, Itsuki and Takumi followed Iketani on his first date with Mako. The three apologized to Iketani after they pull into a rest stop. 〒379-0301 群馬県安中市松井田町横川字大林917 (Google Maps -
Iketani introduces Mako to the three for the first time in Karuizawa Station. 〒389-0102 長野県北佐久郡軽井沢町軽井沢1178 (Google Maps -
Building shown in First Stage ACT.16 briefly before it shows Iketani and Mako in a cafe. 草軽交通駅舎旧軽井沢 〒389-0102 長野県北佐久郡軽井沢町軽井沢 (Google Maps -

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Go Away, Sam: Japan Day 7 Karuizawa + Shibukawa + Tokyo |
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Screenshots from Initial D First Stage ACT.16「碓氷峠のエンジェル」"The Angel of Usui"

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