If you have seen the anime ‘Steins;Gate’ and are a fan of the series, you will know that most of the anime is set in a town called ‘Akihabara‘ (that the characters often refer to as ‘Akiba‘). This town, located in Tokyo, is famous for it’s otaku culture and is full of anime shops, maid cafes and game centers! Due to most of the anime being set here, there are tons of real life locations that made it into the anime! Today, we’re going to be showing you 7 of these locations that you can visit in real life RIGHT NOW! So if you love Steins;Gate and want to feel like you’re a part of the anime…keep scrolling!
1. Akihabara Station
To kick off our pilgrimage to real life Steins;Gate locations is Akihabara Station! This station must be used to get to Akihabara anyway, but many people don’t know that this is a real life Steins;Gate spot in itself! As you can see from the pictures above, the characters can often be seen at the station, especially Okarin and Kurisu! The station in the anime has been given the exact same name, apart from the change in railway companies (JR has become JB, which is quite amusing!)
This station is very easily accessible by the Chuo-Sobu Line or the Yamanote Line!
Akihabara Station, 1 Chome Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
if you remember in the first season of Steins;Gate, the time machine crashes in to the top of a tall building…this building is actually ‘Radio Kaikan’ and it exists in real life! The building is actually a shopping center that is full of otaku shops and anime merchandise! It is a super fun place to go, especially if you are an anime fan and it is fun to see a different side of Tokyo!
Unfortunately the building does not have the crashed time machine on top of it in real life, however when the anime first came out they collaborated with the anime and built a replica of the crashed time machine on top of the building. It was there fr a few weeks until the promotion finished and it was sadly taken down!
1 Chome-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Tokyo Times Tower is an apartment block that is famous for being very expensive and ‘high end’. Many have worked out from the location and appearance that this is home to Faris Nyan Nyan and her father in the anime. We know that her father is very rich in the anime and so it makes sense that the two would live here! It’s amazing to see this tall tower in the middle of Akihabara as it somehow doesn’t fit in with the rest of the town!
This building is a short walk away from the station and so it is easy to fit into your pilgrimage and feel like you’re a part in Faris Nyan Nyan’s life!
4 Chome-14-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
In both pictures above, you can clearly see that both restaurants look very similar to one another! But one thing that proves that these are the same restaurant is the name. In the anime, the restaurant sign reads ‘さんぼ’ which is Hiragana and is read ‘Sanbo’. In real life, the sign reads ‘サンボ’ which is written in Katakana but is read the same! This is a clever way of changing the name slightly by keeping it the same! The restaurant features many times in the anime due to the characters often eating there!
The restaurant is famous in real life for being cheap and tasty, so I’d highly recommend eating there if you go! Beef bowl, known as ‘Gyuudon’ in Japanese is a dish consisting of rice with beef on top and various toppings! It is a simple yet delicious dish, that you can enjoy whilst feeling like you are in Steins;Gate.
3 Chome-14-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
As i’m sure you all know, the maid cafe in Steins;Gate is a big part of the anime and story, with the characters often hanging out there. If you wanted to visit the same maid cafe as the one in the anime…you can! The anime based their maid cafe on the real life maid cafe called ‘Cafe Mai;Lish’. The cafe sells tons of cute food and is decorated with tons of Steins;Gate posters!
The cafe also recently collaborated with the anime and created a full Steins;Gate menu! I hope they collaborate with he anime again as I would love to try some dishes that appeared in the anime!
3 Chome-6-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
In the anime Rukako is a shrine maiden, meaning that they live and work at the shrine. The shrine that features in the anime is clearly based off of the real life shrine called ‘Yanagimori Shrine’, this is a small shrine located in Akihabara. Compared to the shrine in the anime, this real life one is fairly small however it is still a super cool place to visit and clearly inspired the anime!
This is a great place to go as you can see a location that appeared in Steins;Gate, whilst also experiencing traditional Japanese culture!
2 Chome-25-1 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041
These are the same coin lockers that Okarin found the IBN 5100 in. In the anime, the lockers have a kind of eery vibe to them…which can also be felt in real life too! The lockers are located down a random back street of Akihabara and look almost identical to the ones in the anime! If these lockers don’t make you feel like you’re in the anime then I don’t know what will!
Since fans of the anime have discovered where these lockers are, it has become a popular spot for Japanese cosplayers to go and recreate scenes from the anime! If you’re into cosplaying or want to recreate some scenes from the anime…this is somewhere you HAVE to go!
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