If you are a manga or anime lover, Tokyo is full of surprises for you. Here we introduce popular manga and anime locations you can actually visit in Tokyo!
- 1. Gundam/Odaiba
- 2. The Boy and the Beast /Shibuya
- 3. Doraemon/Kawasaki
- 4. Slam Dunk/Kamakura
- 5. ONE PIECE/Tokyo Tower
- 6. Ultraman/Setagaya
- 7. Honey and Clover/Kasai Rinkai Park
- 8. Love Live /Kanda
- 9. Your Name/ Yotsuya
- 10. Weathering with You/Kozushima,Tabata etc.
- 11. Neon Genesis Evangelion/ Hakone
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You can see a huge Gundam statue in Odaiba, Tokyo. This life-size statue is 19.7 meters high and the style of third generation’s IP Gundam. During daytime, you can see the transformation 4 times a day (at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm) and during the evening, you can enjoy the night performances with music and lights and projection mapping starting from 7pm.
2. The Boy and the Beast /Shibuya
In the animation films directed by Mamoru Hosoda, it often takes place in the actual locations. The Boy and the Beat is set in several places in Tokyo, but you will easily recognize Shibuya in the film. Shibuya Crossing often appeared in the film and played an important role. Also, Yoyogi National Stadium is used for the scene of the last battle.
This museum exhibits many original pictures from Doraemon’s author, Fujiko F Fujio. You can see his passion and joy for writing and creating many people’s dreams through his art works. Also, there is a cafe featuring Doraemon’s characters and the playground which is also popular as a photo spot. From child to adult, everyone can have fun here!
4. Slam Dunk/Kamakura
Among Slam Dunk fans in Japan, Kamakurakokomae Station (which means “in front of Kamakura High School”station) in Enoshima Electric Railway is a very popular spot. On the weekend, you can spot many fans standing by the railroad crossing to try to take pictures with a train to make it look like a scene from Manga.
5. ONE PIECE/Tokyo Tower
Visit TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER if you love ONE PIECE. It is located in Tokyo Tower which is very well known as Tokyo’s icon. You can enjoy the attractions which make you feel like you actually get into the world of ONE PIECE and also the exciting live performance and restaurant.
All the kid’s hero, Ultraman, was born in Soshigaya-Okura and there is a shopping arcade called “Ultraman Shotengai”. You can take a picture with the Ultraman statue in front of the station. Every hour when the clock hits 12, the color timer on the chest and Ultraman’s eyes turn on the lights! You can spot many Ultraman related things while walking around the area. How many can you spot?
7. Honey and Clover/Kasai Rinkai Park
Love and growing-up story about five art school students, Honey and Clover is one of the most popular Anime/Manga in Japan. The popular location related to Honey and Clover is the big ferris wheel located in Kasai Rinkai Park. You can look over Tokyo Disney Resort, Rainbow bridge and Mt.Fuji from this ferris wheel.
8. Love Live /Kanda
You can see Kanda Myojin Shrine sometimes on Love Live and also many fans may recognize this shrine as one of the characters from Love Live working here.
You can also get Love Live collaborated items at Kanda Myojin Shrine. If you are a fan of this Anime, this location is your must-visit!
9. Your Name/ Yotsuya
The famous stairs from Your Name is in Suga Shrine, 15 minutes walk from Yotsuya station. When you walk out from Yotsuya Station, you will recognize the places you saw in the movie. There are actually many places you can visit in Tokyo as Your Name related locations, for example, Shinjuku Station and the National Art Center. Visiting these places and experiencing the actual locations from Your Name in real life would be something you can brag about back home!
10. Weathering with You/Kozushima,Tabata etc.
The same thing as Your Name, the director Makoto Shinkai made stories out of real places in Japan. So you will recognize many places, especially in Tokyo. In Weathering with You, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Roppongi can be spotted (and some other areas).
Hina’s apartment is in Tabata, you can see the slope in the south exit of JR Tabata station.
And Hikawa Shrine in Koenji is a must-visit place from the film. It’s the only shrine that enshrines the deity of weather and many people visit the shrine to pray for good weather for their special occasions.
There you can see the Geta (traditional sandals) shaped Ema (wooden plaque) which people’s wishes are written on. These Ema appear in the film and it’s one of the most known places from the movie!
As a bonus round, Hodaka runs away from the island to Tokyo in the film, and that island is Kozushima island which is about 4 hours away by the jet ferry from Tokyo.
How to get to Kozushima island from Tokyo;
From Tokyo Takeshiba Pier
By jet ferry; 3 hours 45 minutes
By overnight ferry; 12 hours
From Chofu Airport
By plane; 45 minutes
11. Neon Genesis Evangelion/ Hakone
One of the most popular anime in the world, Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place in a fictional world called Tokyo-3, and it is set in Hakone. It’s well known for its real-life locations, so you can visit a souvenir shop selling Evangelion related products in a traditional taste. When the new movie came out, this famous onsen town became the world of Evangelion celebrating the release of the film.
Owakudani, Lake Ashino, and Togendai Station are the popular locations from the anime.
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