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Landmarks Used in the Movie “Kimi no Na Wa.” Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai's new film, "Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.)" premiered in Japan August, 2016 and is popular among all ages. Famous landmarks were used throughout the movie because the audience can easily recognize the locations.

Kimi no Na Wa.
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Makoto Shinkai is the director of the new film “Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa. / 君の名は。)”. The movie premiered in Japan on August 26th and it has been very popular among all age groups. The film is going to be released in 85 other countries, so it will surely become a legendary anime film.

Makoto Shinkai is a famous film director and graphic designer, who is known as one of the successors of the magnificent animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Hosoda. Makoto Shinkai has directed other films such as “The Garden of Words” (2013), “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” (2011) and “5 Centimeters Per Second” (2007).

Kimi no Na Wa.
©Your Name. (Kimi no Na Wa.)| Toho

“Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.)” is a Japanese animated science fiction fantasy film and it the music was composed by Radwimps, a famous Japanese Rock Band. The story is set one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in a thousand years. Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the countryside, wants to live in the city because she is unhappy with her life in a small town. Then there’s Taki, he’s a high school student living in Tokyo working part-time in an Italian restaurant, who also needs a break from everyday life. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young boy in Tokyo. On the other hand, Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to. What’s the secret behind their dreams?

 

Landmarks Shown in “Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name.)”

#1. NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building – Tokyo

NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building
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NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building

This theater is in Shinanomachi and the location was used for the sunrise during the opening scene.

NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building (Filming Location)

Address: Minamimotomachi, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Shinanomachi station

 

#2. Pedestrian Bridge at Shinanomachi Station – Tokyo

Pedestrian Bridge in front of Shinanomachi Station
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Pedestrian Bridge in front of Shinanomachi Station

This pedestrian bridge is located at Shinanomachi station and was used for the scene when Taki was calling Mitsuha.

Pedestrian Bridge at Shinanomachi Station

Address: Minamimotomachi, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Shinanomachi station

 

#3. Suga Shrine – Tokyo

Suga Shrine
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Suga Shrine

Suga Shrine is located in Tokyo and was used for the very last scene when Mitsuha and Taki pass each other on the stairs.

Suga Shrine

Address: 5-6 Sugacho, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Shinanomachi station

 

#4. The Underpass in Shinjuku – Tokyo

Traffic Intersection near Shinjuku Police Department
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A Traffic Intersection in Shinjuku - Tokyo

This underpass or intersection is located in Nishi-shinjuku and was also used in the first trailer.

Traffic Intersection near Shinjuku Police Department

Address: Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Shinjuku station or 3 minute walk from Nishi-shinjuku station

 

#5. The National Art Center, Tokyo – Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo

This is located in Roppongi and was used for the scene when Taki takes Miki on a lunch date. Miki is a stylish university student who is also working at the same Italian restaurant as Taki. The name of the restaurant is “Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée” and it is on the 3rd floor.

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Nogizaka station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*Closed on Tuesdays

Phone: 03-5777-8600

Website: The National Art Center, Tokyo

 

#6. Aogashima Island – Tokyo

Aogashima Island
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Aogashima Island

Aogashima is a volcanic island and is located south of Hachijojima. This island is said to be the model of one part of Itomori town, Mitsuha’s hometown and it is important place for Mitsuha and Taki to reach the truth. Since the island is such as remote location, just getting there is an adventure. There is only one helicopter that goes to and from the island and it seats only nine passengers. The best way to get to Aogashima is take an airplane from Haneda airport to Hachijojima island. Then transfer to a helicopter there. If you decide to go by boat, there is only a 50% chance that you will actually make it there. This is due to the lack of beaches and natural bays on this island which makes docking any vessels risky and dangerous.

Aogashima Island

Access:
Tokyo (Haneda Airport) → Hachijojima Island
ANA (All Nippon Airways): About 55 minutes and cost about 11,000 yen (Price varies depending on the seasons.)
*There is a boat available too, but it takes about 11 hours. Therefore, I highly suggest you to take a plane from Haneda.

Hachijojima Island → Aogashima
1. Toho Air Service (Tokyo Airand Shuttle): Travel by helicopter and takes about 20 minutes and costs 11,210 yen.
2. Tokai Kisen: By boat and takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. It costs about 2,790 yen (varies depending on the fuel price).

Accommodation:
There are 6 accommodations buildings in Aogashima island and a campground. On average, it costs about 7,500 yen – 9,000 yen per night. Price includes 3 meals. Please refer the website for more lodging information.

Website: Aogashima Island

More info: Aogashima Island – The Mysterious Isolated Island in Japan

 

#7. Hida-Furukawa Station – Gifu

Hida-Furukawa Station
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Hida-Furukawa Station

This station is located in Gifu and was used when Taki and his friends were traveling to Itomori, Mitsuha’s hometown.

Hida-Furukawa Station

Address: 8-22 Kanamori-machi, Furukawa-cho, Hida, Gifu prefecture

Access: About 4 hours from Tokyo station by train and 6 hours from Shinjuku station by bus

Website: Hida City Official Visitor’s Guide

 

#8. Hida-Sannogu Hie Shrine – Gifu

Hida-Sannogu Hie Shrine - Gifu
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Hida-Sannogu Hie Shrine

This shrine is located in Gifu and was used as the model for the Miyamizu Shrine, which is the symbolic shrine in Itomori. This is where Mitsuha performs a Japanese traditional dance with her little sister. This shrine is actually used for the Takayama festival, one of biggest Japanese traditional festivals, so you might be surprised by the difference in size between the real thing and the animated version.

Hida-sannogu Hie Shrine

Address: 156 Shiroyama, Takayama, Gifu prefecture

Access: 25 minute walk from JR Takayama Station

Phone: 0577-32-0520

Website: Takayama City Official Visitor’s Guide

 

#9. Lake Suwa – Nagano

Lake Suwa
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Lake Suwa

This lake is located in Nagano and was used as the symbolic lake in Itomori. It is important place for Mitsuha and Taki to discover the truth. There are many sightseeing spots in Suwa other than Lake Suwa. In Suwa City Kohan Park, visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of the Japan Alps while soaking their feet in a footbath. Tateishi park overlooks the whole city and it is surprising how much the real scenery and the scene from the movie resemble each other. There is also Suwa Taisha Shrine and Takashima castle. Around Lake Suwa there are several hot springs so if walking gets too tiring, visitors can relax in a bath while looking at Mt. Fuji. During the summer at Lake Suwa there are several firework shows.

Lake Suwa

Address: Suwa, Nagano prefecture

Access: 5 minute walk from JR Kamisuwa Station

Phone: 0266-52-2111 (Suwa Tourist Information)

Website: Suwa Tourist Information

 

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Saras Ayu

    September 11, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Such a nice information. Thank you I really like the movie & maybe someday I’ll visit one of the filming locations. 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    September 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Great anime!

  3. Victor Biasoli

    October 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I love the film, and I will live in Japan, it’s very beautiful places, culture, all of the Japan, Arigatou for the informations. I really love it. I really want to visit this places. I am from Brazil, and I have a dream to live in Japan, and work in Japan.

  4. cono

    October 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    orale

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  6. Bob

    January 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    For the ones without people in them, I had a hard time distinguishing which was from the movie and which was real life. Such a great movie

  7. fetritcia

    March 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

    very beautiful…

  8. Anonymous

    April 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building is in the wrong place on the map. The actual building is on the west edge of Shinjuku nation gardens, about a kilometer west of the point on the map.

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