Chances are that if you fell in love with the movie "Kimi No Na Wa," you know that a lot of the locations in the movie are based from real places in Japan. After knowing this, I knew I had to visit these places... well, at least the ones in Tokyo, first.
I visited Suga Shrine (須賀神社), the setting for the final scene where Mitsuha and Taki meet after having lost their memories, at the end of the movie (spoiled the movie for you).
Suga Shrine is located in Shinjuku Ward, in the Yotsuya / Shinanomachi area.
The closest three stations are Yotsuya-Sanchome Station (四谷三丁目駅), Yotsuya Station (四谷駅), and Shinanomachi Station (信濃町駅).
The surround neighborhood around the shrine is a pleasant, most-welcomed contrast to the busy nature and noise of Shinjuku. Houses and apartments are lined up along both sides of the hilly streets. There are small supermarkets and family-owned boutique shops. When strolling past here, you will quickly forget that you're in Japan's busiest metropolis.
Walking distance from here is Jingu Stadium, home of the Yakult Swallows baseball team and a GREAT PLACE for a morning jog or stroll!!
Anyway, back on topic...
I went back a few times to recreate the scenes from the movie. While editing, I decided to add a little bit of "animation style" to the photos. Check out the video of my little trip below.
The intersection leading to the long flight of stairs, and the fork in the road a little ways down (with the mailbox) are both notable landmarks you might want to pay attention to.
As you ascend the stairs towards the shrine, you feel like you can literally recreate that specific scene in your head. Half way up, look towards your left and you'll recall that the tiny crack between the white walls of the house and the stone found is where the two main characters pass each other.
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