Must-Visit Spots for Fans of the Hit Anime Series “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
The anime series “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” has taken the world by storm. It has captivated fans for four years since its inception and has finally come to its conclusion. This article introduces key locations around Japan with connections to the series, not to be missed if you are a Demon Slayer fan!
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- What Is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba?
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- Take a Pilgrimage Around Demon Slayer Locations!
- 1. Meiji Mura (Aichi Prefecture)
- 2. Mt. Kumotori (Tokyo, Saitama, and Yamanashi Prefectures)
- 3. Itto-seki Split Boulder (Nara Prefecture)
- 4. Ashikaga Flower Park (Tochigi Prefecture)
- 5. Kyoto Railway Museum (Kyoto Prefecture)
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This article introduces sites that were the setting for various scenes in Demon Slayer, as well as Animate, a retail chain selling Demon Slayer goods. Animate is a d POINT Member Store, so take advantage of d POINT to save on Demon Slayer goods!
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What Is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba?
The protagonist of the series, Tanjiro Kamado, was leading a quiet life deep in the mountains of Japan. One day, he went to town to sell coal and returned to find his family massacred by a demon. His little sister, Nezuko, was the only one still breathing, but it was too late for Tanjiro to save her from transforming into a demon herself.
Tanjiro raced to find a doctor with Nezuko on his back when he encountered the demon slayer, Giyu Tomioka. Tanjiro joined the band of demon slayers to avenge his family and embarked on a life as a demon slayer.
The story is set during Taisho Era (1912-1926) Japan, and the townscape and characters’ clothing evoke a sense of Japan from times past.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ran as a manga series in the popular manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump, from 2016 to 2020. It was written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotoge. The series was compiled into books that became so popular that more than 80 million copies have been sold (as of July 2020). The animated series, which consists of 26 episodes, is beloved by audiences around the world. The movie, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, is scheduled for release in October 2020.
Animate Is the Best Place for Anime Goods!
Animate is a leading retail chain for anime goods. It offers a huge selection, including rare and limited-edition items.
Of course, there are many Demon Slayer goods as well!
Animate, which has 120 outlets across Japan, has a shop in Akihabara, the home to otaku culture. It is just 4 minutes on foot from Akihabara Station’s Electric Town Exit, so be sure to drop by if you are in the area.
Take a Pilgrimage Around Demon Slayer Locations!
The following are some key spots associated with scenes in Demon Slayer. Why not visit them and imagine yourself as a character in the series?
1. Meiji Mura (Aichi Prefecture)
Demon Slayer is set in Taisho Era Japan. Meiji Mura in Aichi Prefecture is an open-air museum with buildings from that time. There are many scenes depicting towns and buildings in Demon Slayer, and there are structures in Meiji Mura that closely resemble specific buildings, such as the mansion where the Hashira Meeting was held or Shinobu’s Butterfly Mansion. Stroll around the open-air museum and you may feel as if you have entered the world of Demon Slayer—perhaps even fearing a demon may suddenly appear from around the corner!
Access: Approx. 20 minutes by bus from Meitetsu Inuyama Station
2. Mt. Kumotori (Tokyo, Saitama, and Yamanashi Prefectures)
Mt. Kumotori, which straddles Tokyo, Saitama, and Yamanashi Prefectures, is said to be the mountain the protagonist, Tanjiro, lived in. A fictitious address is used in the story, but the actual setting is the Okutama area of Tokyo Prefecture. In the first episode of the anime series, Mt. Kumotori is where Tanjiro walks on his way to sell coal in town.
Mt. Kumotori is one of the “One Hundred Mountains of Japan,” with views of Mt. Fuji, the Southern Japanese Alps, and the Kanto Plain from its summit, which is at an elevation of approximately 2,017m.
The silence of the snow-covered Mt. Kumotori in the story seems to foreshadow the fierce battles that will unfold. If you want to lose yourself in the world of Demon Slayer, visit Mt. Kumotori in the winter.
Access: (To visit Mitsumine Shrine and Mt. Kumotori) Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes by bus from Seibu Railway Seibu-Chichibu Station. Alight at the Mt. Miune Parking Lot bus stop.
3. Itto-seki Split Boulder (Nara Prefecture)
In the third episode of the anime series, Tanjiro is given the difficult challenge to “split a boulder with a sword” by Sakonji Urokodaki as the final hurdle before acceptance into the Demon Slayer Corps. It is a moving moment when Tanjiro’s sword finally cuts open the boulder after trying for a full half year.
The model for this boulder actually exists in Nara Prefecture, and is called the “Itto-seki.” It has such a powerful presence, one might think it was the actual boulder that was in the story. Indeed, Demon Slayer fans from around the country flock to Itto-seki to reenact the famous scene!
Access: Approx. 50 minutes by Nara Kotsu bus from JR Nara and Kintetsu Nara Station, and a 30-minute walk from the bus stop
4. Ashikaga Flower Park (Tochigi Prefecture)
At the end of episode four of the anime series, Tanjiro travels on a street overflowing with wisteria on his way to the Final Selection. Many viewers would have been mesmerized by the mystic beauty of the wisteria. I was personally taken by both its beauty and the foreboding sense of a terrible battle to come!
People have observed that the flowers in this scene look just like the wisteria in Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture. The park has seasonal flowers that can be enjoyed throughout the year, including wisteria, cherry blossoms, and hydrangea.
Access: 3 minutes on foot from Ashikaga Flower Park Station on the JR Ryomo Line
5. Kyoto Railway Museum (Kyoto Prefecture)
In episode 26 of the anime series, Tanjiro and other members of the Demon Slayer Corps, who survived tough training and fierce battles, arrived at the Mugen Train, which was the site of their next mission. Trains that are the same type as the one that appears in the story can be seen at the Kyoto Railway Museum!
As a Demon Slayer fan, the Mugen Train episode made a big impression on me. It was an intense sequence with terrible and violent fighting against the backdrop of an eerie, antiquated train. The Kyoto Railway Museum is a great place to see the fabulous trains that evoke those emotions felt when watching that episode.
Access: Approx. 2 minutes on foot from JR Umekoji-Kyotonishi Station on the Sagano Line
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The Demon Slayer anime series was hugely popular throughout its run, possibly leaving many fans feeling a sense of loss after it ended. Why not visit these “sacred sites” when traveling Japan to re-experience the fantastic world of Demon Slayer?
*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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