Of course, not all places in anime worlds are virtual. Some of them are artistic renditions of real places in Japan, others are completely based upon the place.
This post is a collective of links and images which feature some locations in Japan which have been rendered in animation through various anime productions.
This is gonna be an ongoing collective so if anyone wants to contribute other material related to this, just comment in this post. Please do also contact me if some of the links are already down.
Locations of NANA
Nana Navigator Nana (arrgh ok, the Nana anime navigator who happens to be named Nana too) reports about Jackson Hole, the cafe that some characters of the Nana series hang out in. This is actually a real cafe in Japan, with the same design. I capped some shots of it.
Locations of Ichigo Mashimaro
Interesting stuff. The manga settings were derived from these places, so hopefully they would be rendered in the new anime as well.
Locations of Kamichu!
Pretty nice, a couple of comparison shots of the town of Kamichu.
Locations of Mahou Sensei Negima
Maestro4k has some interesting shots over at the forums, real places where Negima’s Mahora Gakuen locations are seemingly inspired from. Look at the Library Island, it looks very similar.
Locations of Futakoi Alternative
This town seems to be called Nikotama. Looks… desolated. How did the guy take pictures of the streets without any people in sight? Probably early morning.
Locations of Uta~Kata
It is said that Uta~Kata takes place in Kamakura. Matthew has some pictures up, while the Japanese link shows more pictures of Kamakura, with matching Ichika and Manatsu figures showing up sometimes.
Locations of Initial D
The tracks on Initial D are amazingly based on real-life mountain passes in Japan. If you do get to Japan and drive these mountains, don’t even dare to try driving like Takumi. Just enjoy the view.
Locations of Onegai Teacher/Onegai Twins
These two sites compare real-life counterparts with the corresponding animated backgrounds. The resemblance is absolutely impressive.
Locations of Love Hina
This is a nice page about real-life locations used in Love Hina, including an actual Hinata Sou.
Locations of Air
I found this interesting site which features the real-life locations for the bishoujo game and anime Air. Those Misuzu and Minagi dolls will guide you through the places, with the corresponding screenshots for the animes. The site also seems to feature other locations for bishoujo games like Fate/Stay Night, so check them out as well. The second link goes to the same location, this time… a real-life Misuzu acts out scenes from Air?? Find out how they did it…
Shibuya is a popular shopping and entertainment district. It is where lots of gals hang out and shop around. It’s the perfect setting for the anime Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran.
A popular building for those fashionistas…
A park with a dog statue named Hachiko. Hachiko was regarded as Japan’s most faithful dog because it patiently waited outside Shibuya station for its owner every day, even years after its owner died.
Tokyo Big Sight
The Tokyo International Exhibition Center, more known as Tokyo Big Sight, is Japan’s largest exhibition and convention center. For otakus, this means a haven of comic and anime-related conventions being held there, the most popular being Comic Market.
Comic Party Revolution
Kyoto, being one of the most popular tourist destinations, would obviously be used by countless other anime series. Whenever there is a field trip in an anime, Kyoto is a preferred tourist spot.
Kiyomizu is a popular temple in Kyoto because of its great height and view.
Mahou Sensei Negima
Sensei no Ojikan