The majority of the settings in Kyoto Animation series Clannad (クラナド), including second season Clannad After Story, are based on locations in Tokyo. In After Story Episode 18, Tomoyo takes Ushio on a trip to Aomori Prefecture, but the ryokan where they stay is modeled on Kameishirō (亀石楼) in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. With the evening portion and lodging for the 2019 Butaitanbou Summit arranged here, it was an obvious opportunity to scratch this one off the list.
I visited the Clannad settings at Kameishirō on 2019 September 21. In addition to my own research, I referred to butaitanbou articles by @rimatai (post) and @habusan (post) for details about the location.
The summit attendees staying in the Amagase (天ヶ瀬) room on the the third floor of the bekkan (別館 annex) kindly allowed everyone to trample over their things to get into positions for cut collection. The name Amagase comes from the area of Uji just up river from Kameishirō, though among our band of hunters it is just “Ushio’s room”. I say everyone because it seemed as if, by the end of the evening, almost all present had stopped by to check the room and hall locations. For those like me, visiting for the first time and trying to collect a complete set of photos, it was a fun, off-agenda bonding exercise to start the night.
Kameishirō does not accept reservations online, only by telephone. The upside is that you can specify you’d like to stay in Amagase if available when booking.
Most of this scene takes place on the bekkan second floor.
Only the corner with the women’s restroom is on the bekkan first floor.
I did not learn until after my visit that access to the small garden is permitted. I should have asked!
While collecting the cuts in the hall, I had two unexpected observations. One was that the space is quite narrow. Even with 24mm on a full frame camera, I often struggled to fit everything in the shot. The other is the height differential between camera perspectives. Tomoya shots are often quite high, so that I had to lift the camera over my head and angle it down. Ushio shots are at child height or even from the ground. I have a four-year-old at home, so the latter is familiar territory.
Don’t be afraid to say things like, “Ushio is standing right there,” to your friends as you point to a spot in an empty hallway. It helps with shot composition.