5 ‘Sword Art Online’ Real Life Locations in Tokyo!
Sword Art Online is a very popular anime that is set in the near future and follows main characters Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play in many virtual reality worlds! Much of the anime is set in Tokyo, Japan which means that there are tons of real life locations all throughout Tokyo that were featured in the anime! If you’re a fan of the anime and are in Tokyo, you HAVE to visit these locations and get pictures there! To make it easy for you to visit all of these places, here is a list of Sword Art Online real life locations in Tokyo that you HAVE to visit!
1. Akihabara Bridge
This bridge in Akihabara has famously been given the name ‘Akihabara Bridge’ or ‘Akiba Bridge’! The bridge is located next to Akihabara station and connects the station to Akihabara UDX. This is the location that the first battle takes place in this season. Akihabara is a super popular place to visit in Tokyo for anime fans, so if you’re going to visit there anyway then make sure to check out this awesome real life Sword Art Online location there too!
Take the Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara Station.
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2. Infront of Shinjuku Station
Inside the Sword Art Online game ‘Yuna’ is a popular AI character that performs. During one of the episodes she performs a mini live performance infront of Shinjuku Station! As you can see from the two images above, they look almost identical; even with the ‘Welcome to Lumine’ sign being in the exact same position and design! The anime has also featured the sign showing that this is in fact Shinjuku Station to let fans know where this is set. If you’re in Shinjuku and are a fan of Sword art online, this is a location that you have to visit!
Take the JR Chuo Line to Shinjuku Station.
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This is a spot that Kirito stopped at on his was to visit Asuna’s house. Kirito can be seen stood next to his bike at the front of the main gate leading to the temple. Although the scene takes place at night in the anime, the gate to the temple’s entrance actually closes at sunset everyday so this is a picture of the entrance taken in the day. As you can see, the two images are almost identical and the anime did a great job of capturing that atmosphere of Meiji-Jingu.
Take the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station.
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4. Lalaport, Toyosu
Although it has not been confirmed, many fans of the anime believe that this scene is set in Lalaport, a shopping center in Toyosu! As you can see in the background of Kirito and Asuna, the shop is called ‘My Plaza’ which looks similar to this store in Lalaport called ‘Plaza’. This scene involves Shirika, a huge fan of Yuna, beginning to do karaoke in the middle of the mall! If you’re visiting Tokyo, I would highly recommend visiting Toyosu anyway but now you can experience it as a real life anime location too!
Take the Yurakucho Line to Toyosu Station.
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5. Parlour Shiseido
If you’re looking to grab some food at a real life anime location, then this is the place for you! This restaurant is where Kirito met Seijiro Kikouka. The restaurant itself is very nice but a bit more on the pricey side so be prepared for that. The decor in the anime is almost identical to the real life location. This is a super fun location to visit for all Sword Art Online fans!
Take the Marunouchi Line to Ginza Station.
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