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15+ Your Name Real Life Places That You Can Follow

You would have to be hiding under a rock in 2016 not to have heard of Your Name, one of the biggest hits of Japanese animation in recent years, Studio Ghibli’s allowed. A young love story in the vein of the Tanabata myth of Japan and the magical realism of Haruki Murakami, whose depictions of nostalgia and existential longing captivated audiences worldwide.

A hit film of 2016 by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name, captured the hearts and minds of millions. As a result, it surpassed Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away for the title of the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

Travel back in time with Taki and Mitsuha by visiting Your Name real life places (or the locations that inspired many scenes in the movie), which all stand in Tokyo.


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1. The National Art Centre

your name real life places

The restaurant that Taki and Okudera-senpai dined at during their date is called “Salon de the Rond” and is located on the second floor of The National Art Centre. To get a better view, I suggest going up to the third floor. The restaurant opens at 11 AM.

2. Stairs to Suga Shrine

The stairs to Suga Shrine are perhaps the most iconic location of the film. The first promotional material is set here and the film’s hopeful ending also takes place here.

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3. Shinjuku Intersection

This intersection is near the Shinjuku Police Station and the famous LOVE statue. It appears during a montage scene after Mitsuha and Taki realized that they’ve switched bodies.

Similar to other spots in the film, be sure not to take a photo in the middle of the road. It would be recommended to use a wide-angle lens to get an exact shot of the one featured in the film.


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your name real life places

4. NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building

Exiting from Shinanomachi Station, the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building is visible from your right side. This is also taken from the same angle that is featured in the film. Be careful not to take pictures in the middle of the road as the shooting area is nestled between two intersecting roads.

The building appears as part of the Tokyo montage:

your name real life places

5. Shinanomachi Station

In your front, there is a flight of stairs to a pedestrian bridge. This is the same pedestrian that Taki is in after his date with Okudera-senpai.

The bridge is somewhat significant in the film as well because this is when Taki starts to think about and even realize his feelings for Mitsuha.

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6. Yunika Vision

Yunika Vision is located in Shinjuku and is a giant television screen that broadcasts news, advertisements and music videos.

In the film, Yunika Vision is where the fall of the Tiamat comet is broadcast. The area is crowded and busy so be careful when taking photos not to block the pedestrian crossing.

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7. Suga Shrine

The way to Suga Shrine

It’s a little bit of a walk from Yotsuya Station to Suga Shrine so I suggest using Google maps to navigate. Once you spot Lawson 100 store, turn and walk a little until you spot these signs. Unfortunately, the sign is too high for me to take the actual angle as in the film (!).

From there, take the left and keep walking and you’ll see a vending machine that welcomes you to the “Holy Land” of Your Name. You know you’re near the sacred spot.

your name real life places

8. Yotsuya Station

For their date, Taki and Okudera-senpai meet up at Yotsuya Station. To get a better view, take the Akasaka exit and look back. Unfortunately, there was construction going on when I visited so the actual part of the station that is in the film did not have the “Yotsuya Station” sign (the right side) so I opted for the other side.

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9. Tokyo City View In Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills is a huge complex of commercial facilities like shops, movie theaters, and restaurants. In Your Name, Taki and Okudera-senpai go to the observation deck called Tokyo City View. It costs at least ¥1,800 to get in, but sometimes you have to sacrifice for your anime journey.

your name real life places

This scene isn’t particularly important in the film, but I recognized the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery building from one of the scenes where Mitsuha and Taki switch bodies, and Mitsuha is excited to see Tokyo (I personally really like those scenes). So, I decided to include it in the pilgrimage.

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11. Cafe La Boheme Shinjuku Gyoen

We’ve finally come to the grand finale of our pilgrimage. The last stop is the restaurant where Taki and Okudera-senpai work. In reality, the restaurant is called Cafe La Bohéme (カフェ ラ・ボエム).

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12. Hida-Sannogu Hie Shrine

The Miyamizu shrine located in Gifu is used as a model for the Itomori shrine where Mitsuha performs a Japanese traditional dance with her little sister.

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13. Hida-Furukawa Station

Hida Furukawa station is located in Gifu which Taki and his friends used while traveling to Mitsuha’s hometown Itomori.

your name real life places

14. Lake Suwa (Nagano)

your name real life places

The large lake was found in Nagano Prefecture, the neighboring prefecture of Gifu. Mitsuha’s hometown and place where Mitsuha and Taki learn the truth.

15. Ochiai Bus Station

your name real life places

Ochiai bus station that appears in the movie is located a little bit far from the Hida-Furukawa town.


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16. Shinjuku Neighborhood

your name real life places

A neighborhood within Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward known for its extensive Korean community built around Shin-Okubo Station.

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