Anybody love watching dorama(=Japanese drama)?

To be honest, it is not my hobby. Although there are 1-2 doramas that I regularly watch, actually I like reading comics more than watching. But as the risk of my job, sometimes (either I like it or not) I have to watch dorama (or anime) at least one in a month, even just for one dorama adapted from the manga that I am reviewing.

Talking about dorama, besides the plot and actor factors, one thing that I like the most is the setting. Either it is because of the “atmosphere that is different than daily atmosphere”, or simply because the locations are indeed pleasant to watch, I always love the location setting on doramas.

Sometimes I would like to find out, where are the popular locations to use as dorama shooting locations? And that desire came back on my mind after I accidentally watch Resident Evil: Retribution, where one of the setting was located on Shibuya Crossing.

My curiousity of popular locations for dorama or movie shootings in Tokyo finally rises, so here I collect several locations ever shown on some doramas that I watched. Here are the some of the most popular dorama/movie shooting locations in Tokyo, who knows maybe it could inspire the itinerary for all the dorama lovers who plan to travel to Tokyo..

Shibuya Crossing

Address: Shibuya Central Business District, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access:
1 minutes from Hachiko Exit on Shibuya Station (Ginza Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line, JRYamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, Keio Inokashira Line)

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Sunao ni Narenakute (Hard to Say I Love You), Hachiko Monogatari, etc; [Non-Japanese] Lost in Translation, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution, Jumper, Heroes, etc

Notes:
This location is one of the favorite setting for western movies that takes the setting in Tokyo. The list of non-Japanese movies are just a fews of western movies that takes Shibuya Crossing as their background setting. Not far from this crossing, there is another popular shooting location, the statue of Hachiko.

Shibuya Crossing [photo by: Variationblogr/flickr]
Shibuya Crossing [photo by: Variationblogr/flickr]
Shibuya Crossing [photo by: Wilhelmja/flickr
Shibuya Crossing [photo by: Wilhelmja/flickr
Shibuya Crossing [photo by: curt./flickr]
Shibuya Crossing [photo by: curt./flickr]
Hachiko Statue in Shibuya [photo by: *_*/flickr]
Hachiko Statue in Shibuya [photo by: *_*/flickr]

Tokyo Tower

Address: 4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato, Tokyo 105-0011

Access:
-5 minutes of walking from Akabanebashi Gate in Akabanebashi Station (Metropolitan Subway Oedo Line);
-6 minutes of walking from Exit no A1 in Onarimon Station (Metropolitan Subway Mita Line);
-7 minutes of walking from Exit no 1 in Kamiyacho Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line);
-10 minutes of walking from Exit A6 in Daimon Station (Metropolitan Subway Asakusa Line);
-15 minutes of walking from North Exit in Hamamatsucho Station.

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Kamen Rider Kabuto, Mr.Brain, Unfair, Manhattan Love Story, Atashinchi no Danshi, Tokyo Tower, etc; [Non-Japanese] The Wolverine

Notes:
This symbol of Tokyo is definitely one of the favorite shooting locations. Countless movies and doramas have taken this red tower as their background setting. Even I first knew about this Tokyo Tower from a dorama shown on a TV here. Unfortunately I forgot the title.. >_< And as the movie Wolverine, one of the setting is located on Zojoyi Temple which is not far from Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Tower [photo by: Apple 94/flickr]
Tokyo Tower [photo by: Apple 94/flickr]
Tokyo Tower [photo by: .curt./flickr]
Tokyo Tower [photo by: .curt./flickr]
Tokyo Tower [photo by: via flickr]
Tokyo Tower [photo by: via flickr]
Zojoji Temple & Tokyo Tower [photo by: Flyone/flickr]
Zojoji Temple & Tokyo Tower [photo by: Flyone/flickr] 

Ueno Park & Ueno Zoo

Address: 9-83, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8711

Access:
-Ueno Station;
-Ueno Subway Station (Ginza Line, Hibiya Line);
-Nezu Subway Station (Chiyoda Line)

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flower), Attention Please

Notes:
Anybody loves the movie Meteor Garden? The Japanese version of Meteor Garden is Hana Yori Dango, which was adapted from a manga with the same title. The main character of that dorama, Domyouji Tsukasa (Jun Matsumoto) and Makino Tsukushi (Mao Inoue) were to have a date on a zoo (in Meteor Garden, it was called as “peasant date”). Well, that dating location was Ueno Zoo located on Ueno Park.

Ueno Park [photo by: JoshBerglund19/flickr]
Ueno Park [photo by: JoshBerglund19/flickr]
Ueno Park [photo by: Svachalek/flickr]
Ueno Park [photo by: Svachalek/flickr]
Ueno Zoo [photo by: Photocapy/flickr]
Ueno Zoo [photo by: Photocapy/flickr]
Ueno Zoo [photo by: wikimedia commons]
Ueno Zoo [photo by: wikimedia commons]

Ebisu Garden Place

Address: Marionette Clock Square, Ebisu Garden, Tokyo

Access:
-5 minutes of walking from East Gate of JR Ebisu Station (Yamanote Line)
-Ebisu Station (Eidan Subway Hibiya Line)

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Hana Yori Dango, Tokyo Friends, Sunao ni Narenakute, etc

Notes:
One of the famous scenes with this location as background setting is when Domyouji Tsukasa (acted by Jun Matsumoto) was waiting for Makino Tsukushi (Mao Inouefor their first date on the dorama Hana Yori Dango (2005). Precisely it was on Clock Tower Square. This location was also the setting for the movie version of Hana Yori Dango (2008), which was the wedding location of Domyouji Tsukasa and Makino Tsukushi.

Ebisu Garden Place [photo by: yoppy/flickr]
Ebisu Garden Place [photo by: yoppy/flickr]
Ebisu Garden Place [photo by: dimitris.argyris/flickr]
Ebisu Garden Place [photo by: dimitris.argyris/flickr]
Clock Tower Square on Ebisu Garden Place [photo by: Tai-hua Lu/flickr
Clock Tower Square on Ebisu Garden Place [photo by: Tai-hua Lu/flickr
Clock Tower Square on Ebisu Garden
Clock Tower Square on Ebisu Garden

LOVE Sculpture

Address: I-Land Tower, Nishi Shinjuku 6-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 163-1339

Access:
-10 minutes of walking from West Exit I of JR Shinjuku Station;
-2 minutes of walking from Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line)

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Great Teacher Onizuka (1998), Kamen Rider, Densha Otoko, Brother Beat

Notes:
This sculpture was made by an American artist named Robert Indiana, which then became a favorite meeting point. One of the scene on the dorama Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) took this sculpture as the setting when Eikichi Onizuka (acted by Takashi Sorimachi) was waiting one of his students who deceived him.

LOVE sculpture [photo by: Dick Thomas Johnson]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: Dick Thomas Johnson]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: Dick Thomas Johnson]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: Dick Thomas Johnson]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: yoshikazu takada, tata_aka_T]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: yoshikazu takada, tata_aka_T]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: yoshikazu takada, tata_aka_T]
LOVE sculpture [photo by: yoshikazu takada, tata_aka_T] 

Fuchu no Mori Park

Address: Sengencho 1-chome, Midoricho 2-chome, Tenjincho 2-chome, Fuchu-shi

Access:
-10 minutes of walking from Higashi-Fuchu Station (Keio Line);
-Several minutes of walking from Tenjin-cho 2-chome Bus Stop (Keio Bus towards Fuchu Station)

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] 1 Litre of Tears (dorama version), Gokusen, Stand Up!, Nodame Cantabile, Love Shuffle, First Kiss, Yukan Club, etc

Notes:
This park is known as the park with plenty public facilities, starting from children playground, baseball court, museum, etc. Popular spot for shooting at this park is the pedestrian pathway towards the big fountain.

Fuchu no mori [photo by: wikimedia commons]
Fuchu no mori [photo by: wikimedia commons]
Fuchu no mori [photo by: wikimedia commons]
Fuchu no mori [photo by: wikimedia commons]
There are many other popular shooting spots in Tokyo, either for those which really did the shooting on the real location, or those which were just created by visual effects to emerge the atmosphere of that place. Here is a short list of other popular spots that often used on many dorama/movie:

Sensoji Temple

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Ando Natsu, Orange Days, Mop Girl, etc

Favorite shooting spot:
Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate)

Sensoji Temple [photo by: Perfect Zero/flickr]
Sensoji Temple [photo by: Perfect Zero/flickr]
Kaminarimon [photo by: Dick Thomas Johnson/flickr]
Kaminarimon [photo by: Dick Thomas Johnson/flickr]

Akihabara

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Densha Otoko, Detective School Q, Kamen Rider Kabuto, Rain Fall, etc

Favorite shooting spot:
Main street of Akihabara

Jimbocho

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Biblia Koshodo no Jiken Techo, Morisaki Shoten no Hibi, etc; [Non-Japanese] Café Lumiere

Favorite shooting spot:
Bookstores at Jimbocho

Tamachi Granpark

Address: 3-4-1 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access: 5 minutes of walking from JR Tamachi Station

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Rich Man Poor Woman, Priceless~There’s no such thing!

Sumida River Terrace

Address: Shinkawa 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access:
-Monsen-nakacho Station (Tozai Line, Oedo Line);
-Kayabacho Station (Tozai Line, Hibiya Line)

Dorama/movie:
[Japanese] Kamen Rider Hibiki, Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend), Nobuta wo Priduce, Hero, Love Song

Favorite shooting spot:
Around the river; taking the Eitai Bridge as background

Sumida River Terrace [photo by: Jetalone/flickr]
Sumida River Terrace [photo by: Jetalone/flickr]
Eitai Bridge [photo by: Nakashi/flickr]
Eitai Bridge [photo by: Nakashi/flickr]
 

* All pictures were taken through creative commons. There are no editting from the original pictures. Name credits are based on the username on flickr/wikimedia.

 

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