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Prepare to be Spirited Away

Coast Ghibli Mount Fuji Chiba

Japan is brimming with beautiful photo opportunities. But some of the country’s best locations are the ones hidden away in secluded areas and kept well away from tourist guidebooks—like the Egawa Seaside in Chiba Prefecture.

The Egawa coastline has been referred to as “Mirror of the Sky” or “Japan’s Salar de Uyuni.” Located in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, covering a space of 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). In both places, the giant bodies of water reflect the sky, making them popular spots with local photographers. But unlike Salar de Uyuni, where nothing can be seen for miles around, Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance on the Egawa coastline on a clear day.

As night falls, the lights from the ironworks across the bay begin to sparkle, making for a beautiful sight.

Some visitors liken the area to the beautiful rail journey in Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed anime film, Spirited Away. The scene in the movie shows the main character, Chihiro, running to a platform through shallow waters that beautifully reflect the sky, making it seem like she’s running on water. The train takes her and her magical friends on a ride through the watery landscape, creating some beautiful imagery.

While there’s no train running through the shallow waters here, it’s easy to imagine one arriving, with the telegraph poles pointing to some type of electrical activity in the otherwise serene area.

The poles, built on a causeway that becomes completely covered at high tide, were built to power observation stations that prevent clam poaching at nearby mud flats. Similar telegraph poles strung across the water can be found at two other locations in Kisarazu City, Chiba, at the Kaneda and Kuzuma shorelines. However, the ones at Kaneda were recently removed due to corrosion.

There are concerns that the two other locations may also follow suit and remove the floating telegraph poles, so if you’d like to see the spectacle, it’s best to visit soon before the unique landscape disappears forever.

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