Japan has many breathtaking locations to experience as a tourist, and several of these places also serve as an inspiration for anime series. The diverse scenery, the historical sights and both traditional and contemporary locations are one of the best easter eggs fans love to highlight in their favorite series.
One of the highly-acclaimed title, Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Kimi No Na Wa’ (Your Name) has taken to use real-life locations to a whole different level. The movie was not just a blockbuster in Japan and outside of its homeland but has realistic references from places all around the country. If you haven’t watched this fantastic movie, well, you should make up for it as Kimi No Na Wa has a deep and emotional story, which touches both young and older generations alike.
Below we have collected a couple of real-life locations featured in the movie, but please notice, the article contains spoilers!
1. The NTT DOCOMO Yoyogi Building (Tokyo)
The opening scene with the sunrise and the DOCOMO Tower aka NTT DOCOMO Yoyogi Building in the center.
2. A pedestrian bridge at Shinanomachi Station (Tokyo)
A pedestrian bridge located on the left hand out of Shinanomachi Station, the scene from where Taki was trying to call Mitsuha.
3. The Suga Shrine (Tokyo)
Mitsuha and Taki cross paths at Suga Shrine, close to Yotsuya-sanchome Station in the closing scene of the movie.
4. The intersection of Shinjuku (Tokyo)
Taki works part-time in Nishi-Shinjuku, close to the intersection shown in the first trailer of the movie.
5. A cafe inside the National Art Center in Roppongi (Tokyo)
Taki and Okudera are having lunch together on a date, in a cafe inside the National Art Center in Roppongi, Tokyo. The building is a favorite Instagram location, a must-see for first-time visitors to the city!