Tuesday, October 15, 2013
OKU-TAMA LAKE AND THE OGOUCHI DAM: A Location Embedded with Kaiju History!
Most kaiju fans have never heard of Oku-Tama Lake or the Ogouchi Dam. However, this location is well checking out for monster fans of any stripe.
Remember the scene in Mothra (1961) in which the titular kaiju breaks through the dam? How about the scene in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) in which Megalon does the same? Well, they're the same location, and it actually exists in Japan!
Of course, after breaking the dam apart in the movie, Megalon smashes a bridge. And there it is!
This is the Ogouchi Dam in Lake Oku-Tama, which is about a two-hour train ride from Shinjuku Station. It takes a long time to get there, but on top of being an iconic location in kaiju movies, it's a beautiful area. The pictures truly speak for themselves.
For more information, follow this link. If seeking out movie locations is your thing, I would recommend adding this one to the list. It may take a while to get there, but it's a site few kaiju fans have visited. Let's try to change that!
Careful! Be sure not to drop your camera while taking shots! I have a feeling you'd never see it again.