15 Best Anime About Traveling That Will Make You Go on a Trip

15 Best Anime About Traveling That Will Make You Go on a Trip

The fact that we are able to write today’s article only shows how diverse the world of anime actually is. “Traveling” is definitely not a genre per se, but the motif is so often featured in various anime works that we’re absolutely delighted to be able to bring you a list of the 15 best anime titles that rely heavily on traveling and the sorts. The anime titles we’re going to list won’t be ranked in any specific way so you can enjoy them at your own pleasure, any way you want!

1. Your Name.

Original Release: July 3, 2016
Running Time: 107 minutes

The film is about Mitsuha and Taki who undergo a transformation at night. They live two completely different lives. Mitsuha is a high school girl in a rural mountain village where her father is the mayor. Mitsuha finds the countryside boring, her biggest dream is live in the big city. Taki, also a high school student, lives in central Tokyo and is deeply involved in architecture.

One day, the two find out that a metamorphosis took place overnight, and they are now in another body. Taki and Mitsuha communicate with each other through notes and notes on their cell phones, helping each other with relationships and popularity at school. After Taki is back in his own body, he decides to visit Mitsuha.

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A restaurant owner recognizes Taki’s sketch of the village of Itomori, and says it was destroyed by a comet impact. Taki learns that Mitsuha’s life happened three years ago, and she didn’t survive. Taki tries to contact Mitsuha to warn her of the comet’s impact. This succeeds and she tries to evacuate the village with her friends Tessie and Sayaka.

Eventually, the comet hits and destroys the entire village. Taki wakes up the next morning, remembering nothing of the events. Five years later, Taki learns that the people of Itomori survived the disaster thanks to the mayor. One day, Taki and Mitsuha recognize each other when their trains pass. They both get off at the next stop and ask for each other’s names.

2. One Piece

Original Run: October 20, 1999 – present
Number of Episodes: 1,035

Twenty-two years after Gol D. Roger’s execution, the interest in the One Piece treasure is waning. Many have given up on it, some even wonder if it really exists. Although pirates are still a threat to the locals, the Navy has become more effective in countering their attacks on all four seas: East Blue, North Blue, West Blue, and South Blue.

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However, this change did not deter Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy, from wanting to become the successor to the legendary Roger. He will thus set off on an adventure, giving himself the first objective of creating a crew in order to reach the Grand Line sea, where the fever of the “great wave of piracy” continues to rage, and where many big names in the piracy are in pursuit of the One Piece, supposed to be on the last island of this great sea, Laugh Tale.

3. Pokémon 

Original Run: April 1, 1997 – present
Number of Episodes: 1,214

The Pokémon animated series follows the adventures of a young boy named Ash and his faithful Pokémon Pikachu. Ash travels the Pokémon world to obtain the supreme rank of “Pokémon Master”; to achieve this, he captures and trains Pokémon, in order to earn eight badges. The duo is often accompanied by a pair made up of another young boy and a young girl.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ash will no longer have a “travel” companion at all since he must pass the various trials on each island and therefore has no “companions” strictly speaking but rather a classmate. During the episodes, the group is confronted by a criminal organization calling itself Team Rocket. This organization attempts to steal and capture other Trainers’ Pokémon or Legendary Pokémon.

4. Kino’s Journey —the Beautiful World—

Original Run: April 8, 2003 – July 8, 2003 / October 6, 2017 – December 22, 2017
Episodes: 13 + 1 OVA / 12

In Kino’s Journey, the protagonist Kino, accompanied by a Brough Superior talking motorcycle called Hermes, travels through a mystical world in many different countrysides and forests, each unique in its customs and people. Kino stays only three days and two nights in each city, without exception. She thinks that’s the amount of time it takes to learn everything important about the place while leaving time to explore new areas.

On the other hand, Kino says in the first episode (named The country where we understand the pain of others) that this explanation is probably false and evokes a second reason: “if I stay longer, I’m afraid I want to stay “. A phrase repeated in the anime and in the novels is: “The world is not beautiful, so it is”.

Kino’s Journey explores what director Ryūtarō Nakamura describes as “a radical sense of beauty” where brutality, loneliness, absurdity, oppression, and tragedy are often juxtaposed with compassion and atmospheric fairytale. For the protection and for hunting, Kino carries a simple .44 revolver (called The Cannon, based on a Colt M1851) which uses liquid explosives instead of gunpowder, and a .22 semi-automatic pistol (called The Woodsman, based on a Colt Woodsman).

Later in Kino’s adventures in the novels, Kino also wields a pump-action shotgun (based on a Winchester M1897) and a sniper rifle (called The Flute, based on an Arisaka Type 99 rifle), along with a variety of other tools including knives. In the anime, he carries no less than five, including one that can fire .22 bullets from its handle.

The technology in this world exists and is sometimes worthy of science fiction, although anachronisms are common (for example, the same country having robots also seems to have phonographs). The level of technology also varies from country to country. The universe in Kino’s Journey isn’t very magical (the only apparent magic is that a country moves; motorbikes talk; and a dog, Riku, talks), although it there is a certain amount of fairy tales.

5. Yuru Camp

Original Run: April 1, 1997 – present
Number of Episodes: 1,214

When high school student Nadeshiko Kagamihara moves with her family to a Japanese country town, she falls asleep on a bike ride and only wakes up at night. Experienced camper Rin Shima helps her until Nadeshiko is picked up by her big sister. They exchange cell phone numbers and Nadeshiko decides to go camping again with her new friend.

At school, the enterprising Nadeshiko joins the outdoor club. With the other two girls in it – Chiaki Ōgaki and Aoi Inuyama – she wants to go on camping trips. Rin also goes to the same school and is urged by her friend Ena Saitō to go camping with the others. But the quiet girl prefers to keep to herself. But her friend tells Nadeshiko the destination of Rin’s next trip so that Rin gets a surprise visitor while viewing Mount Fuji.

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Nadeshiko prepares her a real camping meal, and Rin begins to like the company. After some preparations for winter camping, the outdoor club sets off on its first outing. The three girls manage to go camping together for the first time, while Nadeshiko keeps in touch with Rin on her cell phone. She is traveling alone again, now for the first time with her own motorcycle.

Through Nadeshiko, Rin now has more and more contact with the other girls. Ena finally convinces her to accept the invitation to go camping together for Christmas. So the five girls, including Ena, set off together to camp and celebrate Christmas – accompanied by their new teacher Ms. Toba, also a camper and now the club’s supervisor. The joint celebration, to which each of the girls contributes something, convinces Rin that camping in a group can also be fun.

6. Made in Abyss

Original Run: July 7, 2017 – ongoing
Number of Episodes: 13

The story centers around an orphan girl named Rico, living in the town of Orse, located in the Beoruska Sea. The city surrounds a strange and immense chasm, commonly called “the Abyss”. The Abyss contains artifacts and remnants of an ancient lost civilization and is in fact a popular place for cavers to excavate such items that can be sold abroad.

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These cavemen undertake dangerous expeditions through the mist of the chasm to find as many as possible. However, the further a person descends into the Abyss, the more the curse of it weighs on their health, with more and more severe symptoms appearing when ascending the different levels. Few adventurers have descended to the lowest areas and ascended to narrate their experiences.

7. Cowboy Bebop

Original Run: April 3, 1998 – June 26, 1998
Number of Episodes: 26

Cowboy Bebop is set in the year 2071, the crew of the spaceship Bebop travels the solar system in search of bounties. In the slang of the time, these bounty hunters were called “cowboys”. Most episodes revolve around a bounty; however, the focus of the story concerns each character’s past and more general ancient events, which connect as the series progresses. The first story is that of Spike Spiegel, a former member of a criminal organization, the Red Dragons, who is haunted by a love triangle he experienced with his former teammate in the Red Dragons, Vicious, and a mysterious woman named Julia.

The second story revolves around Faye Valentine, an indebted and amnesiac gambler awakened from cryogenic sleep, whose past is a mystery. The other characters also have a past to explore: Jet Black, a former ISSP interplanetary police officer, and ship owner (the Bebop), Edward, a gifted and hyperactive young hacker, and Ein, a “data dog”. escaped from a lab, possessing superior intelligence but behaving most of the time like a normal dog.

8. Michiko & Hatchin

Original Run: October 15, 2008 – March 18, 2009
Number of Episodes: 22

The story revolves around Michiko Malandros and Hana Morenos (Hatchin), and the relationship that forms between the two on their long journey to find Hiroshi Morenos, Michiko’s ex-boyfriend and Hatchin’s real father. The story begins when Michiko Malandro, an indomitable and beautiful woman manages to escape from the most secure prison in the country with the firm intention of finding Hiroshi Morenos, her former boyfriend.

She looks for Hana Morenos, his only daughter, with the hope of finding in her a link that leads her to his whereabouts, but ends up rescuing the girl from the clutches of her adoptive family who turns out to be abusive and cruel to her. With nothing to lose, both will begin a journey in search of Hiroshi Morenos, while escaping from detective Atsuko Jackson who is determined to put Michiko behind bars again, and from the gangster groups with whom Michiko has outstanding balances, in addition to the other pitfalls along the way.

Although their relationship is not the best in the world, both Michiko and Hana learn to understand each other and to need each other by looking like a mother-daughter relationship. They will also have to go through important emotional obstacles that will make them stronger, although this is not limited to these two characters they will all have their part of humanity for better or for worse.

9. Digimon Adventure

Original Run: March 7, 1999 – March 26, 2000
Number of Episodes: 54

The Digimon series initially tells the story of seven protagonists, more precisely Digidestined, named Taichi “Tai” Kamiya, Sora Takenouchi, Yamato “Matt” Ishida, Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi, Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa and Joe Kido. As they pass the time in their summer camp, snow accompanied by mysterious small objects falls from the sky.

Each child having respectively acquired his object, they are sucked by surprise into a dimensional portal and subsequently lands in a world composed entirely of digital data, known as the “digital world”, parallel to the “real world”.

As soon as they land, the children discover their respective Digimon dedicated to protecting them and dedicated to fighting different and powerful antagonists threatening the Digital World.

10. From the New World

Original Run: October 3, 2012 – March 27, 2013
Number of Episodes: 25

Set in a thousand-year-old Japan, Shinsekai yori tells the story of Saki, a girl from the 66th district of Kamisu. In this age, all humans possess powerful telekinesis abilities and idyllically live in agrarian villages. Despite her parents’ fear that she could not awaken the power within her, Saki gains her powers at the age of twelve and joins her friends Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, Shun, and Reiko at the academy to develop her powers. But the kids are unaware that the city council monitors and influences the kids through teaching.

According to some evaluation criteria, some students are removed from society, such as those who cannot master the powers, such as Reiko, or those who violate the rules. The removed students are soon forgotten by all the other children; Saki and her friends have no recollection of Reiko.

Later, during a camp unsupervised by the professors, Saki and her friends come across a False White Nudibook, a legendary creature that turns out to be an ancient device containing a library. The False Nudibianco reveals to the boys the heinous crimes of their ancestors and what lies behind their powers.

11. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Original Run: April 5, 2009 – July 4, 2010
Number of Episodes: 64 (+ 4 OVA)

The plot of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (not to be confused with Fullmetal Alchemist) happens in the country of Amestris, a country where alchemy is elevated to the rank of universal science, two brothers, (Fullmetal Alchemist) Edward and Alphonse Elric, travel the country in search of the legendary philosopher’s stone. Their father left them and their mother, Trisha Elric, died a few years later of an illness, leaving her two young children behind.

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Sometime later, the two brothers try to bring her back thanks to alchemy, defying the law which formally prohibits human transmutation. They will pay a heavy price. Edward, the eldest, will lose his left leg, his little brother his whole body. Ed will sacrifice his right arm by sealing the soul of his little brother Alphonse in armor.

Edward decides to enlist in the army at the age of 12 as a State Alchemist, passes the exam with flying colors, and obtains his alchemist name: Fullmetal. Helped by Edward’s state alchemist status, the two brothers will seek, at the risk of their lives, the stone that will give them back what they have lost, but the secret of the philosopher’s stone is well kept.

12. Digimon Frontier

Original Run: April 7, 2002 – March 30, 2003
Number of Episodes: 50

For a long time, a group of ten Digimon gave their lives to overcome the forces of evil that threatened the digital game world. These warriors created artifacts from their own data, the twelve “spirits” before leaving the digital world in the hands of three celestial Digimon. However, one of these three Digimon, Cherubimon, decides to imprison these companions in order to reign supreme.

To remedy this situation, another celestial Digimon Ophanimon summons five young children elected from the real world thanks to the Trailmon (Digimon with the appearance of hybrid trains). In the digital world, these five chosen ones find two spirits, each to transform into Digimon warriors. However, while they find their respective spirits, the five chosen are chased by several Digimon, henchmen of Cherubimon.

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After killing four of those five minions by the elect, Koji Minamoto discovers that Duskmon, the legendary evil fifth warrior, is Koichi Kimura’s true twin brother. With Takuya’s help, Koji manages to free his brother, and the latter fights alongside them in the form of Löwemon.

13. Samurai Champloo

Original Run: May 20, 2004 – March 19, 2005
Number of Episodes: 26

Fuu, a 15-year-old girl, worked in a tea house until it was destroyed after a violent three-way fight between Mugen the vagabond, Jin the wandering samurai, and the bodyguards of the Daikan’s son from that town.

At the end of the fight, Mugen and Jin are arrested to be executed the next day. Fuu helps them escape in exchange for helping her find the “samurai who smells like sunflowers.” Despite agreeing to the deal, Mugen and Jin are always trying to end each other, in an almost professional rivalry. Both samurai have a blurred past.

Thus, the story tells of their travels between paths and dark passages, and how they fix the trouble they get into. Samurai Champloo employs a mix of historical settings from the Edo Period, with modern styles and references. It incorporates various elements of modernity, especially hip hop culture, such as rap, graffiti, bandits with “gangstas” influences, Adidas and Converse logos, baseball, and references to the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

14. 7SEEDS

Original Run: June 28, 2019 – March 26, 2020
Number of Episodes: 24

The threat posed by the fall to Earth of a celestial object, a few tens of kilometers in diameter or more, pushes various States to meet secretly in order to find ways to remedy it. Years later, that is to say, today, 28 young Japanese people, previously selected, are abducted in secret (although their families have been paid to keep these disappearances quiet) and then frozen by the government as part of the project “7 Seeds”, proposed 15 years earlier, during these meetings.

At the same time, and also in secret, more than one hundred children are, from selected eggs and sperm, conceived and then raised in secret in a place in Japan which is only known to be the property of ” a wealthy minister. These are trained to be able to survive in a hostile environment and the less competent are gradually eliminated so that only seven of them are cryopreserved and sent to the future.

This elite team is the A team of the summer and is the only team whose members knew their fate. Five groups of seven people are formed and are sent to different places. Alongside each of these groups, an adult, called a “guide”, is also cryogenic. Its role is to guide and protect the other members of the group. We do not know all the guides, but it seems that they are civil servants who volunteered.

15. Girls’ Last Tour

Original Release: October 6, 2017 – December 22, 2017
Number of Episodes: 12

Civilization is dead. Or almost. Two girls, Chito (known as “Chi”) and Yuuri (known as “Yuu”) wander aimlessly aboard their Kettenkrad in the ruins of an empty city. Day after day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their walk, philosophizing at the same time on many subjects of everyday life, sometimes meeting other people.

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But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine, whether it’s sharing a can of soup or searching for DIY machine parts. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences, and feelings the two share give them something to live for.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.