ByTom Cox, writer at Creators.co
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Hop on your broomstick to visit the real-life Kiki's bakery, inspired by Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service, complete with tasty treats.

The beautiful little bakery is tucked away in the hills of a romantic toy-town shopping area called Yufuin Floral Village in Japan.

A reporter for Rocket News dressed up as the young witch for a story published last week to ensure she had the complete magical experience.

Though the bakery isn't a precise copy of the anime original, it pays homage to its inspiration through a broomstick flying over the sign and a cute toy of Kiki's black cat Jiji swinging by the entrance.

Refresh your memory of the original:

Compare the 1989 bakery with its real-life counterpart:

Source: Rocket News
Source: Rocket News
Is either the real Jiji? | Source: Rocket News
Is either the real Jiji? | Source: Rocket News

Inside are more Kiki-themed delights. Baked goods lining the trays include chocolate croissants, cheese buns, and pastries. Some even say "Kiki's recommendation" in Japanese.

Source: Rocket News
Source: Rocket News
Kiki's recommendation | Source: Rocket News
Kiki's recommendation | Source: Rocket News

The Japanese bakery is not the first to be compared to the anime version: a lookalike in Australia attracts Kiki cosplayers looking for the ideal photograph location.

The 1989 movie was directed by Ghibli anime-master Hayao Miyazaki. The plot sees Kiki deliver parcels for the owner of a bakery via broomstick, in an exploration of reliance and independence in teenage girls.

A Walt Disney English dub with some minor alterations was released in the US in 1998. This version received overwhelmingly positive reviews, as everyone loves visiting Kiki's bakery.

What Studio Ghibli place would you like to see in real life?

Source: 'Howl's Moving Castle'
Source: 'Howl's Moving Castle'

Sources: Rocket News, Kinoshita Masami

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