5 Places you must visit in Tokyo if you’re a Love Live fan 2019
The anime titled ‘Love Live! School Idol Project’ has become extremely popular in recent years in both Japan and overseas. Due to the anime being set in Tokyo, there are many real life locations, shops and much more Love Live! themed places in Tokyo! The story revolves around 9 school girls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. The story is very lighthearted and it’s an extremely feel good anime. If you’re a fan of this anime and happen to be going to Tokyo, we’ve compiled this list of 10 places you must go to in Tokyo if you’re a Love Live fan!
1. Kanda Shrine, Akihabara
Kanda shrine is a particularly beautiful shrine but that’s not the reason that it’s related to Love Live!. This shrine features multiple times in the anime, even if you’re just a few episodes in i’m sure you’ll have seen this iconic red shrine in the background of some of the shots.
Once the anime had aired many flocked to the shrine as it was a real life Love Live! location, many also took cosplay shots there! Instead of the shrine being dismissing this, they decided to embrace it by offering special Love Live! Omamori and Ema.
Now, the shrine is an extremely popular place to visit for Love Live! fans and gets more visitors than even before! If you’re looking to experience traditional Japanese culture whilst also enjoy modern day pop culture this is the PERFECT place to visit!
2 Chome-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Take the Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara Station.
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2. Love Live X Sanrio Pop Up Cafe, Harajuku
This cafe will be available to visit at the Harajuku BOX CAFE & SPACE from August 2019 to October 2019. The cafe will offer food that is themed around Love Live and Sanrio as well as having EXCLUSIVE merch on offer that will not be available after the cafe closes it’s doors!
The BOX CAFE & SPACE is located in Harajuku and is a popular place for collaboration and temporary cafe events to be held. If you miss this one but want to check out some others, check out this handy website HERE.
Purchasing any dish at the pop up cafe will come with a free postcard and if you buy a drink a free coaster! If you’re not in Tokyo, this even will also be held in Osaka as well!
150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 4 Chome−28−28
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku
11:00AM – 9:40 PM daily.
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3. Takemura Cafe, Akihabara
As you can see from the photos above, The two cafes look extremely similar, and that’s because they’re meant to be! The cafe featured in the anime, that is actually Honoka’s home and titled ‘Homura’, was based off of this one that is located in Kanda Tokyo called Takemura cafe! It is a traditional Japanese sweet cafe selling green tea, dango, mochi and much more! This building was built in 1930 and is a great place to visit as you can experience true Japanese culture rather than staying in your comfort zone and going to Starbucks in Japan! On top of that you’re also visiting somewhere that was featured in Love Live! and you can take a picture with it! This is one of my favorite Love Live locations in Tokyo.
1 Chome-19 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041
Take the Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara Station.
11:00AM – 20:00PM weekdays. Closed on weekends.
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4. Cure Maid Cafe, Akihabara
Cure Maid Cafe is a fairly popular Maid Cafe that has featured in many anime over the years. The latest anime being Love Live!. This is where Kotori worked part time as a maid. As you can see from the two images above, the anime has done an extremely good job of portraying the cafe and it looks almost identical!
The cafe has tons of food on offer from Curry, to pasta and tons of tasty deserts! Many of which are under 1000yen meaning that this is a great place to go for people who want to experience a Japanese maid cafe but are on a budget.
101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−15−5
Take the JR Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara Station
11:00AM – 20:00PM. Closed Tuesdays.
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5. Animate, Akihabara
Although Animate isn’t a Love Live! specific shop, they hav tons of Love Live! merchandise and even have cardboard cutouts of the characters around the store to take pictures with! If you’re looking to buy cheap Love Live! merchandise this is the place to go!
Unfortunately at the moment there is no permanent Love Live! shop in Tokyo and so if you’re looking to get merchandise from the anime, Animate in Akihabara is a good place to start looking. They have everything in the store whether it’s manga, plushies or stationary…they have something for everyone.
4 Chome-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Take the JR Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara Station.
10:00AM – 21:00PM
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