5 Real Life Hidden Anime Spots in Tokyo
1. Kanda Shrine (Love Live!)
Kanda Shrine has featured in the anime ‘Love Live’ countless times throughout the episodes! In fact, even just a few episodes in you’re guaranteed to have seen the shrine multiple times! This is due to the majority of this anime being set in Akihabara and guess what shrine is closest to Akihabara?…thats right! Kanda Shrine!
Kanda shrine is a beautiful shrine with amazing architecture to be admired! On top of this, you can now leave behind special Love Live Ema with your wishes written on. And even buy special Love Live mamori to bring you good luck!
Kanda Shrine is a shinto shrine that has been established for 1,270 years giving it plenty of history. It’s amazing to see the traditional aspects of Japan merge with the Modern aspects and work together. Both shinto shrines and anime are unique to Japan, and it’s amazing to see two completely different parts of Japanese culture coming together and forming this.
More Information on Kanda Shrine:
Take the JR Chuo Line to Ochanomizu Station.
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2. Cafe Mai:Lish (Steins Gate)
Although the name is different, it’s obvious from these two pictures that this is the cafe that the one from the anime Steins Gate is based off of! In the anime this is the cafe that Mayuri and Faris Nyan Nyan work at. It is constantly featured in the anime throughout the episodes and Itaru (Daru) can often be seen hanging out there.
The real life cafe, Cafe Mai:Lish has fully embraced being featured in the anime and regularly have mades dress up as Faris Nyan Nyan. On top of this they have even revamped there menu involving much more steins gate themed items.
The cafe also has a usual menu with tons more items on all which are decorated extremely cute! The cafe is often visited by foreigners so don’t worry about English! All the maids will do the best they can to speak to you in English.
More Information on Mai:Lish
101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−6−2
Take the Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara Station.
11:00AM – 22:00PM
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3. Aoyama University (Free!)
Although it’s not been confirmed by the producers, multiple sources agree that the Free! University (Hidaka University) is based off of the real life university in Tokyo called ‘Aoyama University’. The characters study here in the season titled Dive into The Future.
The university is free to walk around even if you’re not a student there, and has since become a popular place for Japanese cosplayers to go and take photos of the scenes in Free!
The inside of the university is also VERY similar to the one in the anime! This is now a popular spot for Japanese people who are fans of Free! to go!
4 Chome-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8366
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station.
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4. Kimi-chan Statue (Sailor Moon)
Located in Azabu Juban, this famous statue features in the Sailor Moon anime which further supported the idea that most of the anime is located in Azabu Juban, Tokyo. This statue features a couple of times in the anime and is now a popular place for Japanese people to take cosplay photos at!
Kimi-chan has been a symbol of child safety for many years in Japan. The statue is a symbol of the famous Japanese story titled ‘The Girl in Red Shoes’ in which a girl in Yokohama was sent overseas with a man she did not know. There are also other Kimi-chan statues in Japan, such as in Hokkaido.
This is a great place to visit for Sailor Moon fans as it is a great place to recreate scenic from the anime in a spot that actually inspired the anime!
2 Chome-3-7 Azabujuban, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0045
Take the Oedo line to Azabujuban station.
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5. Oizumigakuen Area (Noragami)
This area known as Oizumigakuen featured in the anime series Noragami, this was realized due to multiple shots being extremely similar to the real life town! Even the placement of shops etc is the same as the anime. So if you want to feel like you’re in Noragami or recreate some shots, this is the place to go!
As you can see from these shots, this area in the anime is definitely based off of the oizumigakuen area. In fact, there is even a picture of fried chicken to the right of Yato and in real life there is a KFC!
Take the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line to Oizumigakuen Station.
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