Arata Wataya lives in Fukui Prefecture Awara City. The main station of Awara is Awara Onsen Station. Fukui is called "Karuta kingdom". Because competitive karuta is widely played in Fukui. One of the creators of "Chihayafuru" is born in Awara where she was a Class A player of game.
Awara Onsen Station takes about two hours by express train from Osaka.