"Your Name", Makoto Shinkai's latest film, has been a massive success both in Japan and overseas. Many people are even going to the real life locations of the film! We're going to take a look at Tokyo, where the character Taki lived.
- Yotsuya (Suga Shrine)
- Shinanomachi (pedestrian bridge in front of the train station and the DOCOMO Tower)
- Nishi-Shinjuku (traffic intersection behind the Shinjuku Police Department)
- Shinjuku-Gyoenmae (Cafe La Boheme Shinjuku-Gyoen Branch)
- Shibuya (TSUTAYA)
Yotsuya (Suga Shrine)
The most famous visual in the film Kimi No Na Wa. is the staircase at Suga Shrine in Yotsuya. The main characters of the film cross paths on these stairs leading to this shrine, both on the poster for the film and in the movie itself. Once you have seen the movie, you’ll probably want to visit these steps, too. The neighborhood surrounding the shrine also appears in the movie.
Suga Shrine is an an elevated area in Yotsuya that was built in the early days of the Edo period. The Gosairei festival held here every June is one of the five major festivals in Edo. This shrine's appearance in the movie has led to the rise in the number of its worshipers.
Shinanomachi (pedestrian bridge in front of the train station and the DOCOMO Tower)
The pedestrian bridge in front of Shinanomachi Station, found two minutes away from Yotsuya via the JR Sobu Line, appeared often in the scenes in front of the train station. The actual background is slightly different from the scenery in the film, but it is the place where the main character stood alone or talked on the cell phone at dusk. With that, there are apparently a lot of people coming to visit this bridge on holidays these days. Further, the scenery centering on the DOCOMO Tower (official name: NTT DOCOMO Yoyogi Building), which comes right after descending the pedestrian bridge, has been so faithfully reproduced in the film that you will be surprised at how it looks just like the real thing.
Nishi-Shinjuku (traffic intersection behind the Shinjuku Police Department)
Located approximately six minutes from Shinanomachi via the JR Sobu Line, Shinjuku is the place where the main character works part-time. The intersection behind the Shinjuku Police Department is what you're looking for, having been used as an impressive cut. This intersection is about a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, and about a 3-minute walk from the nearest station, Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro’s Marunouchi Line. It is marked by the contrast between the high-rise buildings and the ring-shaped work of art.
Shinjuku-Gyoenmae (Cafe La Boheme Shinjuku-Gyoen Branch)
Cafe La Boheme, the basis of the Italian restaurant where the main character of the film works part-time, is about a 4-minute walk from Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station that is three stations away from Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro’s Marunouchi Line. This stylish restaurant where customers can enjoy Italian dishes in a casual dining atmosphere offers a wide array of dishes, including pizzas, pastas and meat dishes. Cafe La Boheme is highly recommended as it also offers affordable meal sets for lunch. It must be noted, though, that it is a famous place that gets really crowded on the weekend.
You can reach Shibuya in about 7 minutes from Shinjuku via the JR Yamanote Line. In the movie, the main character met up for tea with his “senpai" (senior) on his way home from work and they sat by the window of the Starbucks Coffee outlet inside TSUTAYA in Shibuya. This is located next to the famous sightseeing spot, the Shibuya scramble crossing, so it's very easy to find.
TSUTAYA sells various items, including CDs, DVDs, books, manga and video games. So when you go to Shibuya, how about going on the movie-based pilgrimage and doing what the character in the film did by dropping in for some delicious coffee at this place after doing some shopping?
Roppongi (Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View)
It would be more convenient to hop on a bus if you’re going to Roppongi Hills from Shibuya. You'll get there in about 15 minutes if there is no traffic. The Roppongi area appears a lot in the movie, as the main character goes on a date to the Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View and the National Art Center. Both places are popular sightseeing spots.
Roppongi Hills Tokyo City View, the observation deck on the complex commercial facility Roppongi Hills will give you a panoramic view of Tokyo from a space with an open feeling that is surrounded by glass.
Roppongi (National Art Center)
The National Art Center, located within walking distance from Roppongi Hills (about 15 minutes), is annexed to a museum shop, restaurant and cafe, and is the venue of various exhibitions that maximize its exhibition space. It has the biggest exhibition space in Japan. The cafe that appeared in the movie where the main characters ate is an open space that will make anyone feel like floating on air. This is a sacred spot that is recommended for those who love art!
Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) has become really famous thanks to its beautiful visuals. If you ever find yourself near the areas on the list in your sightseeing trip, please try to visit the actual places to compare them with those shown in the movie! If you want to go on the pilgrimage tour of the residential neighborhoods, it would be best to avoid going early in the morning or late at night so you will not disturb people living there.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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