Let’s Visit a Clip from the Movie ～ Movie “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” Filming Location Tour2017.07.26
“Wanna travel a little further” said Sakura and, without telling “me”, the destination of our trip she planned was to Fukuoka.
The two of them spend a precious and irreplaceable time together in various places in Fukuoka.
（C）Sumino Yoru / Futabasha Publishers Ltd.
Released on July 28th, 2017, “Kimi-Sui” (Let Me Eat Your Pancreas).
The original story’s sum total of copies printed is more than 2,500,000 (as of October, 2017). “Kimi-Sui” which is popular among young generations as “tear-jerker story”, difficult even to imagine from the title, has become a long-awaited film.
In Japan, the movie made a huge hit as its accumulated total audience is 2,500,000 as of the end of September, 2017 and the box office revenue is 3.3 billion yen.
The production was invited to “the 22nd Busan International Film Festival” in Oct, 2017, and “Busan Cinema Center” located in Haeundae and about 5,000 people turned out for its official screening on the 15th.
As it was also released to the public at various theaters in Korea from October 25th, in addition, the road show in 10 different Asian countries is scheduled, the movie has already attracted interest from both Japan and overseas.
Fukuoka forms a setting of important scene when two starring actors in the movie “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” travel a little further for the first time. In October, 2016, the filming took place at several locations in Fukuoka including in front of Tenjin-Minami Station of the city subway in Tenjin, Chuo ward, Fukuhaku Deai Bridge, Dazaifu Tenmangu, and Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk.
All of these places are well-known ones in Fukuoka and it’ll be guaranteed that you notice them and say to yourself, “that’s where it is!” as you watching the movie. You might notice some more spots besides these in the movie and the original story.
We hope that all of Kimi-Sui fans in the world visit Fukuoka as “the holly land” because of this movie.
A high school student “I” (played by Kitamura Takumi) accidentally finds the illness journal that Sakura (played by Hamabe Minami) is writing and gets to know that she is suffering from pancreatic disease.
The two of them spend the rest of her time together, but her days trying hard at life come to the end before long. Twelve years later since then－
“I” (played by Oguri Shun), a teacher of his old school now, something leads him find out what Sakura actually wanted to convey.
What is Sakura’s thoughts reach to “I” over the 12 intervening years?
Movie “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” Filming Location Tour
Filming Location 1: Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
You’ll be satisfied with the scenic overlook of ocean view of seaside Momochi area selected one of the 100 Best Townscape. The movie was filmed at the lobby and a suite of this one of the largest hotel in Japan with more than 1,000 guest rooms and a convention with the maximum capacity of 4,000 people is available.
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
- Momochi , Sawara Area
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk is located beside Yafuoku! Dome. This 36 story hotel of 143 meters above sea level reminds you of a luxurious cruise ship pointing its bow toward the sea. There are 1052 rooms from which you can enjoy the panoramic view of Hakata Bay. Here you can spend some time in the reso…
Filming Location 2: In front of Fukuoka City Subway “Tenjin-Minami Station”
Tenjin-Minami Station is Nanakuma Line’’s last station of the city subway which started its operation in 2005. When filming, the existence of this station at that time was taken into consideration because of the historical backdrop of the move is past.
This station is located in Tenjin the number one bustling shopping and entertainment area in Kyushu. Many buildings containing fashion-related stores, established department stores and so on are lined up on both side of the street, and Daimyo and Imaizumi area is very closely located where there are lots of stylish shops, restaurants and bars.
Even in such well-know Tenjin, if you change the way of looking at things a little when walking around, you’ll be sure to find lots of notable sites where you can glimpse the history of Fukuoka, parks where people are resting, etc. and you’ll be surprised and think, “am I really in Tenjin?
★Recommended spots around Tenjin-Minami Station
Tenjin Chikagai （Tenjin Underground Shopping Mall）
- Tenjin/Yakuin Area
This is the largest underground shopping area in Kyushu, built underground of Tenjin, stretching for 590 meters from the north to south of the downtown area. There are 12 avenues with 150 various shops of fashion, gourmet, books and more. 19th century European style flagstone floors and arabesque d…
Filming Location 3: Fukuhaku Deai Bridge
Nakagawa River divides merchants’ town “Hakata” in the east and castle town “Fukuoka” in the west. The bridge was named so because this is where two towns meet. The bridge is lit up along with “Kihinkan Kyu Fukuokaken Kokaido” in Tenjin Chuo Park in the evening and it creates fantastic scenery.
The Previous Fukuoka Prefectural Civic Hall and Honorary Guest House
- Nakasu-Kawabata Area
This building was constructed in 1910 as a guest palace for those visiting the 13th Kyushu and Okinawa Product Exhibition. It is distinctive among other old municipal halls in Japan with its French Renaissance style of the Meiji period. Also, as one of very few public buildings made of wood, it is …
Filming Location 4: Seiryu Park
The park is located along the Nakagawa River runs through the largest amusement area in Kyushu, “Nakasu”. Many Yatai food stalls are lined up on the upper stream side of the river and the view of glittering neon reflected on the surface of the water is so much Fukuoka-like scenery, and then it goes to Canal City Fukuoka.
★Recommended spots around Seiryu Park
CANAL CITY HAKATA
- Hakata Area
This commercial complex is built around an artificial canal and consists of hotels, theater, movie theater, shops, restaurants, specialty stores and showrooms. Besides the fountain show and other events held every day, you will never have a chance of getting bored with shopping, gourmet and various…
Filming Location 5: Yatai food stall, “Hanayama”
Usually, “Hanayama” is doing their business on the approach to the Hakozakigu Shrine, but it was moved to “Maidashi Goshonouchi Park” for the filming of the movie. Their specialty, “Motsu-Yaki” is a very popular dish.
Yatai food stall, “Hanayama”
Address: 1-44 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, 812-0053 (Located on the approach to the Hakozakigu Shrine)
Hakozakigu Shrine, along with Usa Jingu Shrine and Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, is one of three great Hachimangu Shrines in Japan. The enshrined Deities are Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, and Tamayorihime-no Mikoto. Many people visit the shine festival including “Tama-Seseri” and “Hojoya”, and “Oshioitori” takes place on the Hakozaki-hama beach across the street from the shrine during the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival.
★Recommended spots around Yatai “Hanayama”
- East Area
This is one of the three major shrines dedicated to Hachiman god, along with Iwashimizu Hachiman Shrine and Usa Hachiman Shrine. This shrine is also dedicated to three ancient emperors and empresses; Emperor Oujin, Empress Jingu and Tamayorihime-no-mikoto. It was founded in 923, with the transfer o…
Filming Location 6: Dazaifu Tenmangu
Dazaifu Tenmangu is a shrine built over the grave of Sugawara-no-Michizane and enshrines his soul. He is venerated by the Japanese throughout the country and overseas as well as “the God of study, sincerity and warding off evil” and about 8 million worshipers visit the shrine per year. The filming here started early in the morning taking this matters into consideration.
You’ll notice many signs of “Umegae-Mochi” here and there in this temple town and is popular as an affordable souvenir. The origin of this rice cake is said that “an old woman, Jyoumyo-ji gave this cake with a twig of Japanese plum to Sugawara-no-Michizane lives in Ekinosha shrine”. (There are various theories.) It also appears in the movie. Try this freshly baked Umegae-Mochi!
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
- Fukuoka City Neighborhoods
The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane who is known as the god of learning, it is busy all through the year with a lot of visitors praying for success in exams and academic achievement. 6000 plum trees are planted on the site and they start to decorate the shrine beautifully around early Feb…
Filming Location Map
– Futabasha Publishers Ltd. “Let Me Eat Your Pancreas” Official Website
– Fukuoka Film Commission
– Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau