Top 5 Places for Anime Fans to visit

Top 5 Places for Anime Fans to visit

One thing that all Anime Fans will agree on is that at one point in their lives, all of them have dreamt of going to Japan. And we don’t blame you. Japan has some of the most beautiful locations on earth, hailed as the land of the rising sun, sunrise there is a sight to behold. However, there are certain places that hold a special place in our hearts. Yes, you guessed it right. In this article, I will list the Top 5 places for Anime Fans to visit.

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Top 5 Places for Anime Fans to Visit

1. Suwa Lake

Suwa Lake
Suwa Lake

This location is sure to make your heart race. The lake is the iconic place where Mitsuha and Taki found their love for each other. Yes! This is the legendary Your Name lake around which Mitsuha’s town was situated. The epic place where love and destiny mingled with each other, it is a must-visit location for Fans.

This place is not only known for Makoto’s top hit movie but also has certain references from other anime. In Inuyasha, the Elixir of Immortality is said to be found in or around the Lake. The anime Blood-C took place in a rural town on the shores of the Lake. The lake is situated in the Kiso Mountains, in the central regions of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

2. Toyosato Elementary School

Toyosato Elementary School
Toyosato Elementary School

Toyosato Elementary School as well as the entire Toyosato Town has been changed forever by the anime K-On!! The anime is a slice-of-life show about four girls who form a band. It is the story of their journey through high school. The high school where they study has been modeled after the town’s elementary school and all the places the characters visit in the anime have been modeled after the town.

If you are a hardcore fan of Houkago Tea Time, this town is a must visit location on your list. The town has many K-On!! references in sight, and you won’t be disappointed to find that the people in it love K-On!! as much as you do. The town has been preserved as a result of the popularity of the show. It is located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

3. Akihabara

Akihabara
Akihabara

If there is heaven on earth for Anime Fans, Akihabara is IT!! The place is laden with all-stuff anime. From figurine stores to manga bookshops to maid cafes, this place has it all. It has a line of cosplayers handing out advertisements. This isn’t a dream, it’s real. The entire area and the business within it have catered their decor toward the anime community. Most of the conventions also take place here.

  • Radio Center hosts countless rare figurines.
  • Animate Akihabara is an anime theme shopping complex that has 8 floors, that has products such as character goods, comics, games, DVDs, Blu-ray, and CDs.
  • Gachapon-Kaikan is the place where Genshin Impact enthusiast could try their luck in getting franchise specific merch.

4. Statue of Unicorn Gundam

Gundam fans have it the best. Japan features a full-scale statue of the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 series. The statue transforms between its two modes: The Unicorn Mode and the Destroyer Mode. If you are a Gundam fan, you have to visit this place. It is installed outside Odaiba’s DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Tokyo, Japan.

5. Yanagimori Shrine

There was one shrine that even the Mado Scientist went to pray, and that is the Yanagimori Shrine. The shrine has been shown countless times in Steins Gate, however, in the backdrop of other important scenes, making it unnoticeable. The shrine adds a lot to the story of Steins Gate without the viewers understanding its significance.

The shrine enshrines Izanami no Mikoto, the oldest deity in Japanese mythology, The Shinto Goddess of Creation. When Okabe prayed in the shrine, it was never mentioned which deity he prayed to. This information adds gravity to the story. To pray to the Goddess of Creation, he asked for blessings in his attempt to save the ones he loves, as time travels sets everything back to 0 where it all starts again. The shrine is located to the South of Akihabara station, across the Kanda River.

Conclusion

So here’s my pick of the top 5 places that an Anime Fan should visit when they are in Japan. What other places do you think should make it to the list? Comment down below, and I’ll make a part 2.

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