Hokage Rock: Discovering Naruto’s Legacy on Awaji Island

“Naruto” is a widely acclaimed Japanese manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The story follows the journey of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja with dreams of becoming the most respected ninja in his village, Konohagakure, commonly known as the Hidden Leaf Village. For Naruto enthusiasts, the Hokage Rock (火影岩, Hokage-iwa), depicting all the previous Hokage, stands as an iconic landmark within the village. However, did you know that a real-life version of the Hokage Rock can be found at Nijigen no Mori on Awaji Island?

Discover the Iconic Hokage Rock Replica on Awaji Island

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While the original Hokage Rock is a symbol within the Naruto storyline, a replica was constructed at Nijigen no Mori on Awaji Island. This replica faithfully portrays the first five Hokage faces—commemorating their pivotal roles in the Naruto series and their significance within the Hidden Leaf Village’s narrative.

This 11m-tall Hokage Rock is a tribute to these influential leaders. It allows fans and visitors to experience a part of the Naruto universe, further enhancing the connection between the fictional world of Naruto and its enthusiastic fan base in the real world. Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of Naruto, taking in the views of the Hokage Rock, and capture a picture as a memento of your trip at Nijigen no Mori.

The Legendary Hokage Rock in Naruto

The Hokage Rock structure showcases the carved faces of the Hokage, the highest-ranking ninja in the village who serves as its leader and protector. Each Hokage is honored with their visage carved into the rock, symbolizing their contributions and legacies to the village. As the Hokage changes throughout the series, the rock serves as a constant reminder of the past, present, and future leaders of the village. It embodies the values and virtues that each Hokage brought to Konoha, inspiring current and future generations of ninja.

The names of the Hokage, in chronological order, carved onto the Hokage Rock are: Hashirama Senju, Tobirama Senju, Hiruzen Sarutobi, Minato Namikaze, and Tsunade. Each Hokage contributed uniquely to the village, shaping its history and character through their leadership and sacrifices.

As the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju co-founded Konoha and established its political and social infrastructure. He aimed to create peace and stability in the shinobi world. Tobirama Senju succeeded his brother, Hashirama, as the Second Hokage. He implemented various key aspects of Konoha’s infrastructure, including the creation of the Academy and the formation of key ninja institutions. Hiruzen Sarutobi, known as the “Professor” and the “Third Hokage,” protected the village during times of conflict and worked to maintain stability.

Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage, was a highly skilled and respected ninja known for his incredible speed and intellect. He was instrumental in developing the Flying Thunder God Technique and played a crucial role in protecting the village during the Nine-Tails attack, sacrificing his life to seal the beast within his son, Naruto. Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage, brought a unique perspective as the first female Hokage. She revitalized the village after it had suffered significant losses during previous conflicts.  

Become a Ninja and Unleash Your Jutsu at Shinobi-zato

“NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBI-ZATO” is an attraction inspired by the iconic anime series. This themed adventure offers a 3D maze, mission rallies, puzzles, and tasks set in the shinobi world. Participants engage in missions to repair disrupted chakra seals, including challenges like restoring tampered seals and completing specific tasks outlined in scrolls. It’s an immersive, ninja-themed experience for fans and visitors, providing an opportunity to dive into the exciting universe of Naruto and Boruto. You can even try a bowl of Naruto’s favorite Ichiraku ramen at Nijigen no Mori!

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Address 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-2301
TEL 0799-64-7061
Website https://nijigennomori.com/
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Operation Hours Everyday10:00-22:00
*Each attraction has a different last reception time and closing time.

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