Anime tourism, as it’s commonly referred to as, has grown in recent years meaning that people from all over the world are traveling to Tokyo to see real life places that featured in their favorite animes. Although the amount of information out there on these places is certainly growing, it is still fairly limited. That’s why we have decided to create this list of 12 real life anime locations in Tokyo to help you easily travel to real life locations of all your favorite animes. We run an instagram where we post daily updates on these locations, so make sure to check it our here. And also, don’t forget to check out our other lists of real life locations in Tokyo here!
1. Salon De The Rond (Your Name/ Kimi No Na Wa)
Salon De Rond is an amazing and unique cafe that is located in Tokyo. As you can see from the two images above, the cafe featured in the anime when Taki and Okudera-senpai went on there date together. They stopped here to eat lunch together and you can recreate this exact scene by going here in real life!
The cafe is a little more on the pricey side but it is well worth the price as everything is absolutely delicious. The menu offers multiple cakes, sandwiches and drinks…it’s the perfect place to grab some lunch in Tokyo and feel like you’re inside the anime “Your Name”.
7 Chome-22-2 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-8558
The popular maid cafe that the main characters of Steins:Gate often hang out at is called “Cafe May Queen Nyan2” in the anime but it is actually based off of a real life cafe that is called “Cafe Mai:Lish”. This cafe, like the anime, is located in Akihabara and is also a maid cafe! The cafe has fully embraced being featured in the anime and have Steins:Gate decorations all over the walls, and even had a limited edition Steins:Gate menu when the new season came out.
This cafe is a great place to go to as you can experience a maid cafe whilst also feeling like you’re inside an anime! If you’ve never been to a maid cafe before, be prepared to be pampered by the maids who will call you “Master” and do things such as sing when they deliver your food. The whole experience is crazy but very fun and is not one to be missed!
101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−6−2
Kimetsu No Yaiba, known as Demon Slayer in English, is set in historical Japan meaning that you can’t unfortunately visit places that look exactly like the anime. Having said that, you can visit the same areas and see how much Tokyo has truly developed over the years. One of these places is Asakusa. In the anime Tanjiro goes to Asakusa towards the beginning of the anime and it’s where he first encounters Muzan. Asakusa is still a popular place to visit today for both tourists and locals and you can see the similarities in the pictures above.
Asakusa is famous for it’s huge temple called ‘senso-ji’, so you can see an amazing temple whilst also visiting somewhere that featured in Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer).
As you can see from the two images above, these stations look extremely similar to one another, and even have a similar name! That’s because the writer of Sailor Moon was inspired by the Azabu Juban area of Tokyo and therefore set a lot of the anime there! This is why when the main character’s local train station showed up in the anime, it looked so much like the real one!
There are also multiple other real life locations that inspired the anime in the Azabu-Juban area. Some of these places include Azabu-Hikawa Shrine, Kimi-Chan Statue and others. If you want to see a full list of places that are related to Sailor Moon…CLICK HERE.
This shrine features at the beginning of the movie, when Hina climbs up a derelict building. After Hina reaches the top of the building she walks up to a small rooftop shrine. In real life, this shrine is not located on top of a derelict building, it is instead based off of the Ginza shrine “Asahi Inari Shrine” which is located on the rooftop of a modern office building.
This shows how Japanese traditional culture and modern culture are working together in this modern day. The shrine is super unique and is somewhere you should definitely visit in Tokyo!
Kanda Shrine is located very close to Akihabara and so can be walked to after your lunch at the maid cafe. Kanda shrine has been featured in many animes due to it’s location however a recent one has been ‘Love Live’! In the anime ‘Love Live’, most of the scenes are set in Akihabara and so it makes sense that the girls often hang out at Kanda Shrine. Another reason the girls often hang out there is due to it being Nozomi Toujou’s home! Nozomi is often seen there in a maiden’s uniform cleaning the shrine.
Another reason this shrine is somwhere you have HAVE to go is that they sell original Love Live merchandise! All the things you usually buy from shrines (such as Mamori and Ema) you can buy love live versions of!! Even if you’re not a Love Live fan, the shrine is super pretty and worth the visit!
2 Chome-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Another real life anime location that cannot go unmentioned is Akiba Shrine that featured in the anime “Steins:Gate”. This is where Rikako lives and works which is why the main characters often visit this shrine. Many speculated where this shrine is for a while until people finally realized that it was based off of the real life shrine “Akiba Shrine”. The grounds of the one in the anime seem to be slightly bigger however it is certainly based off of the real life shrine as you can see from the images!
There are tons of Steins:Gate real life locations in Akihabara, if you want to see more, click here!
3 Chome-10-7 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0036
Take the Ginza Line to Ueno Station.
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