Its been over 50 years now since the famous movie spy James Bond first visited Japan. Released on June 13, 1967, the film "You Only Live Twice"saw agent 007 adventuring in the capital and other parts of the country. Three years earlier, the Olympics had put Tokyo in the global spotlight. Now, the city is a mere two years away from hosting another Olympics.
Next year also sees the release of the 25th installment in the Bond film series by Eon Productions. Anticipation for this latest movie has been further stoked by the recent announcement that it will be helmed by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of movies like "Slumdog Millionaire," "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Trainspotting."
If you live in Japan or plan on visiting (for the Olympics or any other time), these five locations will allow you to retrace some of James Bonds globetrotting footsteps here. Since March 2018, Mount Shinmoedake — the volcano used for exterior shots of the villain Blofields secret rocket base in "You Only Live Twice" — has been logging major eruptions. With that in mind, its not the safest bet for travel at the moment — in fact, access to the mountain is currently restricted — but here are five cooler spots across the country that will allow you to get in touch with your inner spy.
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