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Japan is known worldwide for its countless manga and anime products as it is the largest producer in the world. For some tourists, it might be the main reason to visit Japan, and for others just an extra entertaining factor. Akihabara, in particular Electric Town, is considered the largest place for anime fans to come together. But have you ever wondered where all of your favorite manga/anime scenes take place?
Don’t worry, we have your back, buddy! Here is our list of 10 of the best manga and anime locations in Japan!
- 1. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni (When They Cry)/Shirakawago
- 2. Bungo Stray Dogs/Yokohama
- 3. Princess Mononoke/Yakushima
- 4. Akudama Drive/Osaka
- 5. Erased/Tomakomai
- 6. Terror In Resonance/Tokyo
- 7. Tokyo Revengers/Tokyo
- 8. Jujutsu Kaisen/Tokyo
- 9. Death Note/Tokyo
- 10. Attack on Titan/Hita
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1. Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni (When They Cry)/Shirakawago
Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture, is a UNESCO world heritage site and is illustrated as the village of Hinamizawa in the anime Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni. From the elevated viewpoint, you have a wonderful view over the town as you can see in the picture. A lot of other spots in the town are also featured in the anime like the Hachiman shrine, the suspension bridge, and some houses and buildings. It feels like you have been teleported into the anime. If you haven’t seen Higurashi and like somewhat gory scenes, this is something for you!
2. Bungo Stray Dogs/Yokohama
Bungo Stray Dogs fans undoubtedly know that this anime was located in Yokohama because of the number of times the city had to be saved from destruction. All the main touristy areas are portrayed in the anime like the Red Brick Warehouse, Chinatown, the Ferris wheel, the piers, the bridge, and the Yokohama Marine Tower.
Another cool thing you can see when visiting Harbor View park where Dazai Osamu had a mental breakdown (the scene with the gun), is the amazing view overlooking the city. The park is located on a hill and accessible by stairs or by walking up the hill. If you’re not fond of walking uphill, good luck with that!
3. Princess Mononoke/Yakushima
The fairy tale-like and magical landscapes that appear in Princess Mononoke exist in real life! The Ghibli movie was highly inspired by the pristine nature of the forests of Yakushima. The island has an ancient forest with Yakusugi cedar trees that are more than a thousand years old! It is located South of Kagoshima and is accessible by air from Tokyo, and by boat from Kyushu.
4. Akudama Drive/Osaka
The setting for this cyberpunk anime is the second biggest metropolitan city in Japan, Osaka. You can see the obvious similarities, however, since Akudama Drive is a science-fiction anime, everything is highly transformed with neon lights, holograms, and flying objects… like Dotonbori and Nanba.
The Tsutentaku tower is portrayed as a grand billboard towering over the city, and Osaka Castle is altered into an extremely secure and impenetrable train station for the Shinkansen. If you have seen this anime, it is cool to see where the inspiration for the anime came from. And if you haven’t, we highly recommend it! It only has 12 episodes, and the visuals and the story are amazing!
In this time-travel mystery, the main character is sent back 18 years in time to his hometown, Tomakomai in Hokkaido. Tomakomai, the 4th largest city in Hokkaido, has been awarded by the Anime Tourism Association for being a place that anime fans should visit. Several spots formed the inspiration behind the anime like the elementary school, the shopping street, and the technology center where Satoru took Kayo.
6. Terror In Resonance/Tokyo
This anime starts off with the bombardment of the Tokyo Metropolitan building, which is the main setting of this show. Most of the locations featured in the anime are quite popular like Shibuya Scramble Square where the bunch meets up, as well as near the billboards in the Shinjuku area. Roppongi Police station in the anime is said to be Azabu police station which is also located in Roppongi. A few other places include the Maruhachi restaurant in Shibuya and Shirahige Shrine in Katsushika.
7. Tokyo Revengers/Tokyo
Another hugely popular anime that of course takes place in Tokyo is Tokyo Revengers. One of the most famous spots is the location which is also featured in a lot of posters for the anime, Shibuya Scramble Square. The spot where Takemichi got badly beaten up by the stairs is Parthenon Tama located outside of Tokyo, and the meetup spot for the gang is Musashi Shrine. We of course cannot leave out Shinjuku station where Takemichi was been pushed off the platform and sent back in time.
The restaurant where Mikey and his sister had ice cream is located in Harajuku and is called Eggs ’n Things. The other restaurant where Mikey wanted a flag on his kid’s meal was Jonathan’s family restaurant in Koganei. Unlike the anime, in real life, adults unfortunately can’t get a kid’s meal with a flag on it.
8. Jujutsu Kaisen/Tokyo
Everyone surely remembers the scene where Yuji and Nobara were excited to go to Tokyo. That scene was located in Harajuku on Takeshita street where Yuji was wearing some goofy glasses and eating some snacks. The opening of the anime also features some popular spots like Roppongi Hills and Sendagaya tunnel in Shibuya.
If you are a manga reader then you must know about the Shibuya arc. Yeah, I know it’s traumatic. And guess where it is located? If you guessed Shibuya, then you’re a genius!
9. Death Note/Tokyo
Death Note takes place in Tokyo, with Hibiya park being one of the well-known locations. They prominently illustrate the fountain where Naomi and Light were taking a walk. The scene with Light and Ray Penber is located in Shinjuku station along the Chou line.
The task force met up with L in the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which is animated exactly the same way. Some of the scenes are believed to be inspired by the famous spots in Shibuya like Scramble Square and the bus station.
10. Attack on Titan/Hita
Let’s go to the southern part of Japan, where you can visit the hometown of the famous manga author Isayama Hajime, who is known for Attack on Titan. Bronze statues of the characters have been erected in honor of him. Right in front of Oyama dam in Oita Prefecture of Kyushu, the statues of the trio are looking up at the dam as it is wall Maria. At Hita station you can admire the statue of Captain Levi. There is also a free Attack on Titan museum and as it is the birthplace of the author, you will find many anime related shops and stores!
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