If you’ve been listening in on conversations between Filipino film enthusiasts, you’ll know that the Kita Kita movie has been steadily building a lot of buzz. It features the unlikely pairing of Alessandra De Rossi and comedian Empoy Marquez in a Sapporo-set love story. Those who’ve already seen the film know that there’s a number of locations that not only play an integral role to the plot, but would also make for perfect places to visit if you’re ever in Sapporo:
About an hour-long drive from Sapporo, the Otaru Canal is where Lea (Alessandra De Rossi) and Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) have their first sort-of date. It’s lined with warehouses that have been transformed into museums, shops and restaurants. During the evenings, the Otaru Canal is lit up by old fashioned gas lamps. It is also the focus of Otaru’s Snow Light Path Festival.
Another stunning location Lea and Tonyo visit in the movie is Sapporo’s Fushimi-Inari Shrine. A Shinto shrine built during the 15th century, it’s got mountain trails for those looking for a hike, as well as thousands of orange torii gates that are perfect for photo opportunities.
While Lea and Tonyo don’t actually head to Gunma Prefecture, it is the country’s leading producer of Daruma dolls, which feature in the courtship that happens between the two. It’s said that you paint a Daruma doll’s left eye when you’re making a wish. You then paint the right eye when that wish is granted.
Lea gets her heart broken and made whole again at the Mount Moiwa Observation Deck. Located in the middle of Sapporo City, Mount Moiwa offers the “three best night views of Hokkaido”. But more importantly, this is where Lea and Tonyo ring the Bell of Happiness and use the Love Padlocks. Take senpai here once he finally notices you.
This is one of the locations where we find Lea as she waits for Nobu, and it’s not hard to see why they picked this location. Odori Park is right across the city center and offers a great view of the city’s landmark TV tower. The park is also where the city holds its famous mid-winter Snow Festival.
Lea first “sees” Tonyo’s face at the Glass Pyramid located at Moerenuma Park. The park circumference is about four kilometers. Japanese-American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi designed the park, and is perfect for artsy travelers who find themselves in Sapporo.
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