Geekdad Passport: Ross Village Bakery

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Did Hayao Miyazaki find inspiration in this historic bakery in a small Tasmanian town?

Kikis Delivery Service IRL?
Does this quaint sandstone storefront look familiar? Kind of? Maybe?

Some people think that the Ross Village Bakery in Ross, Tasmania, is the real-life inspiration for the fictional Gütiokipänja Bakery featured in Kiki’s Delivery Service, (named the Good Cooking Pan Bakery in the English dubbed version).

Gütiokipänja Bakery
Image: Studio Ghibli.

This claim is neither confirmed nor denied by the Ross Bakery (right on the front door), but a brochure available inside the bakery asks the question, “can thousands of Japanese tourists each year be wrong?”

Home of Kiki and Jiji?
The Ross Village Bakery makes no claims. They leave the interpretation up to each visitor.

The adjoining Ross Bakery Inn (first built in 1832) even has a room (with three single beds) they call Kiki’s Room, where for $85, fans of the movie can sleep in a small attic room directly over the bakery. They advertise a TV and a mysterious device called a VCR guests can use “to watch Kiki videos.” Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stay there (sorry, no kids under 8).

Mmmm. Vanilla Slice.
The bakery’s famous vanilla slice can be seen just left of center.

After visiting, I can’t be sure the claim is fact or just a fun legend. But if you happen to be in Tasmania, I recommend a stop in at the Ross Village Bakery. Even if you’re not a Miyazaki fan, the bakery’s famous vanilla slice alone is with the trip. The coffee is pretty good, too.

Kiki at the bakery counter.
Image: Studio Ghibli.

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