Real-Life Tokyo Anime Places ---TNJ's most popular article about Japanese anime!
Anime has fans all over the world. This art form offers people a look into the fantasy worlds of the country’s most talented writers and artists.
Real places in Tokyo set many of the scenes in anime. This helps visitors make an ‘anime trip’ to famous places. From the crossing at Shibuya to the cherry blossoms of Ueno, here are a few real Tokyo anime locations.
Tokyo Anime Places: Shibuya
Shibuya is Tokyo's shopping and entertainment area. It's full of big-name brands, restaurants, and clubs that attract visitors.
・The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Sasazuka neighborhood is where Sadao Maou clashes with the fallen angel Lucifer.
・5 Centimeters Per Second. The 3rd act of this Tokyo anime film is set in Shibuya. Takaki Tōno works as a computer programmer while still thinking about his lost love.
・Nisekoi. The Shibuya 109 building is in the background in Episode 14.
・Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast). This movie is set in the world of Shibutenmachi, with scenes drawn from Shibuya. The film features Center-Gai street, lined with karaoke bars and restaurants.
・The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls. This Tokyo anime features the Shibuya Scramble and the Hachiko statue.
Shinjuku is the center of one of the world’s busiest train stations. This area is the entertainment, shopping, and business center of Tokyo. Many of the city’s tallest buildings are here, such as the Metropolitan Government Office.
・The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The train crossing used in this anime series mixes Nakai Station with a hill in Tokyo’s Omokagebashi neighborhood.
・Nisemonogatari. This Tokyo anime series centers around the life of vampire Koyomi Araragi. The Mitsui Building and Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower are in the film.
・The Garden of Words. Gyoen National Garden is where Takao Akizuki and Yukari Yukino meet.
・Your Name. Shinjuku’s underpass appears in the film's trailer.
Akihabara is Tokyo's center of manga and anime culture. It is the go-to spot for otaku.
・Love Live! Akihabara is in this Tokyo anime several times. The Akihabara UDX idol school used as the model for UTX Academy, and Akihabara Gamers is where the girls find new members.
・Denkigai no Honya-san. Akihabara is the setting for this series about a book store. It follows the lives of its employees and customers around the area.
・Steins;Gate. This series takes place in Akihabara. Buildings such as the Radio Kaikan building are often seen. The setting works perfectly with the series’ story, with plenty of stores selling parts to inventors.
・Oreimo. This series centers around Kyosuke Kosaka and his younger sister. The second episode set in Akihabara, including the Cure Maid Cafe.
・Yowamushi Pedal. This series focuses on otaku Yowamushi Pedal. It is set on the streets of Akihabara, where he shops for anime goods in his pursuit to become a cyclist.
With its art vibe, Kichijoji is a hub for youth in Tokyo’s Musashino.
・Ocean Waves. This is a Studio Ghibli film. It follows a love triangle between two friends and a new girl at their school on the Japanese island of Shikoku. Kichijoji Station is where Taku Morisaki sees a woman from his past, causing a flashback to his youth.
・Tokyo Ghoul. Kichijoji Station and its crossing are seen in this series.
・Shirobako. This Tokyo anime series focuses on five friends who go into the anime industry. Musashino Animation is set in the Musashi-Sakai area of the city. In one episode, the girls eat at Pancake Home in Kichijoji, followed by a walk through Inokashira Park.
・The Cat Returns. Kichijoji’s Sunroad Shopping Street is where Haru and the white cat Muta first meet.
Known for its temples and large park, Ueno is home to many art museums and the Ueno Zoo.
・Fate/stay night. Ameyoko Street is in the opening of this fantasy series.
・Gourmet Girl Graffiti. In the second episode, Ryō invites Kirin to a cherry blossom party in Ueno Park.
・Mr. Osomatsu. Izakaya Street appears in the second episode of this series. The characters are looking for jobs, and pass by the “Hello Work” Japanese job center.
This town is home to several universities. It has streets devoted music, book stores, and sports shops. It is also home to the headquarters of the Japanese Football Association (JFA).
・Kanamemo. This Tokyo anime series centers around the life of Kana Nakamichi and her job at a newspaper office. It features university scenes from Ochanomizu throughout the series.
・Tokyo Ravens. Main characters Natsume and Touji are at the JR Ochanomizu Station in part of this series.
・Love Live! The Kanda Myojin Shrine is seen several times. Nozomi Tojo works as a shrine maiden here, and it is where the girls train for their dance routines.