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Death Note in Tokyo: Real Life Locations You Can Visit!

Death Note is one of the most popular animes EVER and is loved by many. Although the anime is fairly old now, that doesn’t stop people from wanting to experience it first hand…and now YOU CAN! That’s right, there are TONS of locations in Tokyo that appeared in the anime that you can easily visit. These places are popular for Japanese cosplayers and anime lovers to visit, however they’re not well known by tourists…that’s why we’ve created this handy list of places you can visit during your trip to Tokyo if you’re a Death Note fan!

Hibiya Park- Light and Naomi Take a Walk

Light and Naomi stood near a water feature

Hibiya Park features in the anime when Naomi and Light go for a walk together before (Spoiler Alert), he writes her name in the Death Note! The anime is set in winter and also uses many dark colors and so the park does not seem an appealing place to visit, however it is actually very beautiful in real life, particularly in spring!

The park is said to be Japan’s oldest ‘western style park’ making it a great place to visit even if you aren’t a Death Note fan! The park is located in eastern Tokyo, close to the imperial palace.

Naomi and Light at the Park Entrance
Hibiya Park Entrance

This a popular place for Japanese cosplayers to come and recreate scenes from the anime in this park. If you’re a fan of cosplay and love Death Note, make sure to stop off here on your trip to Japan and don’t forget to bring your cosplay! If not, simply enjoy being in the park and feeling like you are a character in Death Note!

Address

2-chome-1-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 100-0013, Japan

Access

Take the Marunouchi Line to Kasumigaseki Station.

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Imperial Hotel- Kira Task Force Meets L

The Imperial Hotel
The imperial hotel in Death Note

The Imperial Hotel features in the anime when Light’s dad and other members of the Kira Task Force meet for the first time. As you can see, the anime did an excellent job at making the hotel look almost identical to the one in real life!

The hotel was built in the late 1880’s to host the many western visitors who came to Japan. This was at the request of the Japanese royal family, which is probably the reason why it’s located very close to the imperial palace!

Hotel entrance in anime.
Hotel entrance
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To this day, many say that the imperial hotel is one of the best hotels in Tokyo in terms of hospitality. If you’re looking to stay in a fancy hotel in Tokyo, we’d highly recommend this hotel! Especially if you’re a Death Note fan!

Address

1 Chome-1-1 Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8558

Access

Take the Marunouchi Line to Kasumigaseki Station.

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Shibuya- Setting the Scene

Shibuya Prodding in the anime
Shibuya Crossing
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The are many shots in the anime that are used to set the scene and location and also add atmosphere. Many of these shots have been recognised as famous areas of Shibuya. As yo can see above, this crossing in the anime is almost identical to the real life Shibuya Crossing! If you look closely, you can even see that the placement of the subway entrances are exactly the same!!

Shibuya bus station featured in the anime.
Shibuya Bus Station.
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I’m sure many of you traveling to Tokyo will want to go to the amazing Shibuya Crossing anyway! But knowing that this location has featured in one of your favorite anime will make you want to go here even more and make the whole experience even better!

Address

1 Chome-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043

Access

Take the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station.

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Shinjuku Station- Light Meets Raye Penber

Light talks to Raye Penber
Lotteria, Shinjuku Station.

As you can see from the pictures above, the places look extremely similar (particularly with the brick wall). But what makes it obvious that these are the same places is that in the anime scene the shops sign behind them has Lotteria written in Japanese on it. Lotteria is a popular fast food chain in Japan and they are located all over Tokyo.

This one is located in Shinjuku station and is where Light talks to Raye Penber behind him to hide his identity. He then later writes his name in the Death Note.

Address

3 Chome Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022

Access

Take the Chuo Line to Shinjuku Station.

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WHERE CAN I BUY DEATH NOTE MERCHANDISE IN TOKYO?!

There are many places in Tokyo when you can find amazing Death Note and other anime merchandise! In terms of areas in Tokyo…Akihabara, Ikebukuro and Shinjuku are your best bets to find anime shops, but if you’re looking for specific shops then check out these:

Animate

Sells tons of different anime goods and manga. I’ve been there many times and there is usually a full section dedicated to Death Note, but it depends on which store you go to. We’d recommend the Akihabara Store.

Mandarake

Like Animate, Mandarake sells tons of anime merchandise and manga! I have seen some Death Note merchandise on sale but, again, it depends on which store you go to! We’d recommend visiting the Nakano Broadway store!

Cospa Akihabara

Cospa Akihabara sells tons of unique and amazing anime goods! There stock is constantly changing however last time I visited I did find some Death Note Merchandise on Sale!

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