Popular Tokyo Parks Are a Treasure Trove of Anime Locations With Plenty of Other Must-See Spots Nearby!

Taking a pilgrimage of iconic locations of popular anime has become a trend for anime fans both within and outside Japan. Tokyo has an especially big treasure trove of popular anime locations, so it has become a staple destination among international visitors. There are many ways to enjoy your journey around real-life anime locations, but we’ve picked out some popular spots that can be enjoyed by both anime fans and non-anime fans alike, with a focus on popular parks in Tokyo. We’ll also introduce some other great places near the parks you’ll want to check out when you’re visiting the anime locations.

Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park

Popular Park and Top Place for Durarara!!
Located Next to a Theater of Arts in the Anime Town of Ikebukuro

The first place we will introduce is Ikebukuro, the location of Durarara!!, an ensemble-cast anime series that unfolds around people living in Ikebukuro, based on the light novel by Ryogo Narita. Toshima Ward, where Ikebukuro is located, has developed a vision to be an International City of Arts and Culture. It has also become well known as an anime town. The ward has been renovating several popular parks near Ikebukuro Station, but the most popular is Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park. Spots including the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre next to the park appeared in the promotional video released before the series started and in episodes one and three. The park also appears in the scene of Mikado looking at a statue of an owl without noticing Masaomi, who is trying to hit on girls. Perhaps the most iconic site in Ikebukuro for the series, it also makes an appearance again in the second season’s Durarara!!x2 Ten. In November 2019, the park was significantly renovated into a theater park with a digital art-linked installation called the Global Ring in the center. Artwork like the owl statue was moved to the nearby Nishi-Ikebukuro Park during the renovation, so you can no longer recreate the exact same scene as in the series, but the park features new additions: an outdoor theater with permanent and temporary stages and a giant video display and the stylish Global Ring Café. Nighttime visitors can enjoy the Global Ring’s LED light display, which makes it look like it is floating in the air. It’s also fun to look for traces of spots that appeared in the anime in the completely changed park.

Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park

Address 1-8-26 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone 03-3981-1111 (main line of Toshima Ward Office)
Business hours 5:00–1:00
Regular holidays Open every day, year-round
Website https://www.city.toshima.lg.jp/340/shisetsu/koen/029.html*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Naka-Ikebukuro Park

A Capital of Anime Culture!
The Best Place to Get Your Fill of Anime Culture in Ikebukuro

Continuously adding new commercial facilities and cultural attractions, the east side of Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo’s most popular areas today. One particularly popular spot is Naka-Ikebukuro Park. In spring 2023, Animate’s Ikebukuro Flagship Store relocated in front of the park marking its 40th anniversary year. The area that includes the park is now the center of anime culture in Ikebukuro. Ten years ago, the park appeared in Durarara!! It has completely changed since then, but the Wacca Ikebukuro shopping center can still be seen from the same angle as it appears in the series. Many probably remember Shizuo’s spectacular battle scene. Besides touring the anime locations, you can relax at the park or enjoy one of the many events held there. Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro has opened here recently too, so you’re sure to have a great time if you go.

Naka-Ikebukuro Park

Address 1-16-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone None
Business hours 7:30–22:00
Regular holidays Open every day, year-round
Website https://www.city.toshima.lg.jp/340/shisetsu/koen/020.html*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Minami-Ikebukuro Park

Escape the Hustle and Bustle of Ikebukuro
and Unwind in a Lush Green Landscape

Minami-Ikebukuro Park offers a lively but relaxed atmosphere different from the areas around the west and east exits of Ikebukuro Station. Its main feature is the wide, lush green lawn. Renovated and reopened in April 2016, the park now features cafe and restaurant Racines Farm to Park, where a crowd of people can often be seen taking it easy in the outdoor seating area. The path near the park can be seen in season one, episode one of Durarara!! when Rio “Magenta” Kamichika, an original character created for the anime (but also appears later in the novel), is nearly abducted. Unfortunately, the park no longer resembles the one in the series, but it is a spacious, green urban oasis that is a great place to relax and unwind.

Minami-Ikebukuro Park

Address 2-21-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone 03-3981-1111 (main line of Toshima Ward Office)
Business hours 8:00–22:00
Note: The lawn is closed until mid-January 2024.
Regular holidays December 31–January 3
Website https://www.city.toshima.lg.jp/340/shisetsu/koen/026.html*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Global Ring Café

Must-Visit Spots When Touring the
Anime Locations of Ikebukuro’s Parks

Global Ring Café is a relaxing cafe at Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, which has been completely revamped into a “theater park.” Its concept is to provide a relaxing atmosphere for park visitors and serve as community space created by the crowds that turn out for park events. It acts as a Tokyo tourist information center, and the hospitable staff speaks several languages to accommodate both Japanese and international visitors. The cafe’s very Japanese cherry blossom matcha latte (offered both hot and iced) is definitely post-worthy.

Global Ring Café

Address Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, 1-8-26 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone 03-5391-6007
Business hours 9:00–22:00 (current hours)
Regular holidays Open every day, year-round
Website https://www.globalringcafe.com/*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro

Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro is a permanent cafe stand in Naka-Ikebukuro Park that hosts tie-in projects with a focus on popular anime and video game titles. A take-out only cafe that mainly serves drinks, it offers tie-in menu items and limited-edition merchandise. The cafe also serves Colorful Float drinks that come in a total of 20 different colors. Visit their website for current tie-in menu items and merchandise. (Note: Some tie-in offerings are reservation only.)

Animate Cafe Stand Hareza Ikebukuro

Address Naka-Ikebukuro Park, 1-16-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone 03-6709-0562
Business hours 11:00–20:00 (L.O. 19:45)
Note: Business hours differ depending on events and whether reservations are required.
Last order is 15 minutes before closing when reservations are not required.
Regular holidays Irregular (varies depending on events)
Website https://cafe.animate.co.jp/shop/hrz/*
Note: Reservations are required at certain times. For details, see the website (in Japanese only).

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Racines Farm to Park

Racines Farm to Park is a stylish cafe on the wide lawn of the revamped Minami-Ikebukuro Park. It has 110 seats, all of which are non-smoking. The cafe’s wood-based interior design blends naturally with the lawn and provides a warm feel that will make you so relaxed you’ll lose track of time. Its high-ceilinged atrium provides a spacious atmosphere that will make you forget you are indoors. And the menu changes depending on the time of day, so you can enjoy a variety of different drinks and dishes.

Racines Farm to Park

Address Minami-Ikebukuro Park, 2-21-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone 03-6307-0732
Business hours Breakfast: Weekdays 8:00–11:00
Weekends and Holidays 9:00–11:00(L.O. 10:45)
Lunch <Weekdays>
11:00–14:00
Cafe <Weekends and Holidays>
14:00–17:00
Brunch <Weekends and Holidays>
11:00–17:00
Dinner 17:00–22:00(L.O. 21:00)
Regular holidays Year-end and New Year’s holidays
Website https://racines-park.com/*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Ikebukuro Is a Special Place for Anime Fans. Check Out These Visit-Worthy Anime Spots!

As a sequel to the article on popular Ikebukuro parks and nearby spots, we’ll introduce must-visit places for anime fans near Ikebukuro.

Anime Tokyo Station

Opened in October 2023, Anime Tokyo Station was created to raise awareness about and promote anime culture and industry through anime exhibits and events, and help preserve archives. The basement floor houses archives of around 50,000 anime-related items and exhibits that explain the anime production process of the analogue era. The first floor features the Anime Taizen database of Japanese anime and rotating exhibits. The second floor provides a space even non-anime fans can enjoy, with exhibits of popular anime, pop-up shops, and more. It’s a newly opened spot with a lot of buzz surrounding it that you have to visit at least once.

Anime Tokyo Station

Address Tokyu East 5, Basement to 2nd Floors, 2-25-5 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, and Seibu Ikebukuro Lines)
Business hours 11:00-19:00 (last entry at 18:45 [18:30 for special exhibits])
Regular holidays Mondays, year-end and New Year’s holidays, and irregular days
Note: When a scheduled closed day falls on a national holiday, the facility will be open on that day and closed the following day.
Website https://animetokyo.jp/ *
Visit the website if you have any questions.

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum

A short distance away from the center of Ikebukuro is Tokiwaso, the legendary apartment building where greats who created the manga genre such as Osamu Tezuka and Fujio Akatsuka lived. The original building was demolished in 1982, but Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum was built in its place to pass on the manga culture they created. Opened in 2020, the museum has so much to offer, including an exhibition floor that is a loyal reproduction of the original building, exhibition space with manga and other books related to Tokiwaso, and temporary exhibition room featuring manga-related exhibits.

Toshima City Tokiwaso Manga Museum

Address Minami-Nagasaki Hanasaki Park, 3-9-22 Minami-Nagasaki, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Ochiai-minami-nagasaki Station (Toei Oedo Line) and Higashi-Nagasaki or Shiinamachi Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line)
Phone 03-6912-7706
Business hours 10:00-18:00 (last entry at 17:30)
Regular holidays Mondays (or the next business day if Monday is a national holiday), year-end and New Year’s holidays, and when changing exhibits
Website https://tokiwasomm.jp/en/

Popular Tokyo Park Brimming with Natural Beauty, Where You Can Also Enjoy Boat Rides and Animals

Inokashira Park

Popular Tokyo Park Brimming with Natural Beauty, Where You Can Also Enjoy Boat Rides and Animals

One of the most well-known parks in Tokyo, Inokashira Park boasts a lush natural landscape. It is also a famous tourist destination. Offering easy access to downtown Tokyo thanks to multiple rail lines connecting to nearby Kichijoji Station, the area is frequently voted among the top places in Japan people most want to live. The park is conveniently situated about 10 minutes away on foot from the train station, with plenty of great places to stop along the way like vintage clothing stores and trendy cafes. Inokashira Park is also an iconic location of Shirobako, the hit series by P.A. WORKS about Aoi Miyamori and four other young women chasing their dream of making anime. Tokyo’s Musashino City, where the park is located, is home to the fictional animation studio Musashino Animation, which is a central part of the story. Many locations that appear in the background of Shirobako were modeled after places in Musashino, and the park the five friends visit in episode 4 was modeled after Inokashira Park. It’s clear to see why it is so popular—you can easily spend the whole day there. Besides touring anime locations, you can take a romantic boat ride on Inokashira Pond or see and pet guinea pigs and other cute critters at Inokashira Park Zoo. The park is an urban oasis with something to enjoy no matter when you come, from cherry blossoms in the spring to colorful leaves in the autumn.

Inokashira Park

Address 1-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Nearest train station Inokashira-koen Station (Keio Inokashira Line) or Kichijoji Station (JR Chuo Line and Keio Inokashira Line)
Phone 0422-47-6900
Business hours Open 24 hours/day (specific facilities may differ)
Regular holidays Open every day, year-round (the information center and other facilities are closed at year-end and New Year’s holidays)
Website https://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/jimusho/seibuk/inokashira/en_index.html
Matsutei

There’s More to Kichijoji Than Just Inokashira Park!
Here’s Some Other Great Places for Anime Fans!

One must-visit spot for Shirobako fans is the izakaya (Japanese-style pub) where Aoi’s best friend, aspiring voice actress Shizuka Sakaki, works part time. The scenes of the five friends talking about recent happenings in their lives over drinks at the old-fashioned Japanese pub are hidden gems. The izakaya that served as the model for the one that Aoi and her friends often gathered at is called Matsutei. Actually, it is known to be frequented by people in the anime industry. The inside is decorated with posters of anime like Shirobako and signatures of industry professionals that you’ll definitely want to check out! And the food is delicious. Matsutei serves home-style Japanese dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Smack your lips on some amazing, old-fashioned Japanese home-cooking!

Matsutei

Address 5-1-8 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Nearest train station JR Kichijoji Station
Phone 0422-48-4681
Business hours 18:30–22:30
Regular holidays Sunday
Animate at Kichijoji PARCO

Animate is an anime specialty retailer that is all the buzz in Japan, and its Kichijoji store is located in the Kichijoji PARCO shopping center. The popular store carries a wide range of anime merchandise such as manga, light novels, goods and character figurines of popular works, video games, CDs, Blu-ray discs, and DVDs. It also features a cafe called Gratte (take out only) that is famous for its collaborations with popular anime and video games, so you can take a fun break with anime-themed drinks while chatting about your favorite works. It is a must-see for any anime fan visiting Kichijoji.

Animate at Kichijoji PARCO

Address Kichijoji PARCO 7F, 1-5-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Nearest train station JR Kichijoji Station
Phone 0422-22-5059
Business hours Animate Kichijoji PARCO 10:00-20:00
Animate Café Gratte Kichijoji 11:00–19:15
Regular holidays Open every day, year-round
Website https://www.animate.co.jp/shop/kichijoji/*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Giant Urban Resort and Tourist Attraction Right Outside Akishima Station

Akishima MoriPark

Giant Urban Resort and Tourist Attraction Right Outside Akishima Station

Akishima MoriPark is located right outside Akishima Station, about 40 minutes by train from Shinjuku on the JR train line. It is a huge resort area that combines a full range of commercial facilities with lush natural surroundings. With so much to offer across its vast grounds that it is impossible to see it all in one day, it’s an ideal spot for tourists. The Akishima area around MoriPark appears in the hit anime series Laid-Back Camp, the outdoor activity-themed story of which unfolds when two high school girls, Nadeshiko Kagamihara and Rin Shima, meet. In the Laid-Back Camp Movie, which takes place after the two friends become adults, Nadeshiko lives in the Akishima area and works at an outdoor goods store modeled after those at MoriPark Outdoor Village. Akishima MoriPark is also famous for its special fan offerings in the past like exclusive Laid-Back Camp collaborative merchandise at MoriPark Cafe.

Akishima MoriPark

Address Tanakacho, Akishima-shi, Tokyo
Nearest train station JR Akishima Station
Phone 042-541-2115
Business hours Varies depending on facility
Website https://www-moripark-com.translate.goog/?_x_tr_sl=ja&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=ja

Tama Monorail

Tama Monorail is an indispensable mode of transportation for wandering around Tachikawa. It is an ideal way to get to Showa Kinen Park and other tourist attractions like Tama Zoological Park and Takahata-Fudoson Kongoji Temple. Tama Monorail offers set tickets that include an all-day pass on the monorail and tickets to facilities along the monorail line. A set ticket for Showa Kinen Park is only 920 yen for adults (high school and older). The monorail appears in and is used as a motif in many other anime besides Laid-Back Camp, and rolls out anime tie-in projects and events from time to time. If you’re a core fan, you can enjoy the scenery along the monorail line that is similar to what appears in the series, so be sure to take a ride if you visit Akishima.

Tama Monorail

Nearest train station JR Tachikawa Station for Tama Monorail Tachikawa-Kita Station or Tachikawa-Minami Station
Phone 042-526-7800 (Head office: weekdays 9:00–17:45)
Website https://www.tama-monorail.co.jp.e.afy.hp.transer.com/

Machida’s Leading Park Where You Can Enjoy Food, Nature, and Shopping

Yakushi Pond at Machida Yakushiike Park Shikisai no Mori Machida Yakushi-ike Park

Machida’s Leading Park Where You Can Enjoy Food, Nature, and Shopping

With a cast of characters led by Shido Itsuka, Date A Live is a next-generation boy-meets-girl anime. The setting of the series is modeled after Machida, Tokyo. Located about 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku in central Tokyo, Machida is a popular area that ranks among the top places people most want to live in Japan. One place you must visit if you are in Machida is Yakushi Pond in Yakushiike Park, also known as Shikisai no Mori. It is a picturesque place centered around the 7,700-square-meter Yakushi Pond featuring a wide range of flowers such as Oga lotus, Japanese iris, and cherry blossoms. With beautiful scenery that changes from season to season, it has made many lists of the top scenic spots: it has been selected as a designated place of scenic beauty of Tokyo, and as one of the 100 views of new Tokyo and 100 best historical parks in Japan. There are many other great places nearby such as Machida Squirrel Garden and Machida Peony Garden—one of the largest peony gardens in the Kanto region. Another highlight of Yakushi Pond is the otherworldly night view that reflects on the surface of the water. When the fifth season of Date A Live was announced, a digital stamp rally was held at the Squirrel Garden and West Garden. In the past the park featured anime tie-in posters and we expect to see more anime tie-ins in the future.

West Garden at Yakushiike Park Shikisai no Mori

Yakushi Pond at Machida Yakushiike Park Shikisai no Mori Machida Yakushi-ike Park

Address 3270 Nozutamachi, Machida-shi, Tokyo
Nearest train station Machida Station on JR and the Odakyu Line to
Phone 042-724-4399 (Machida City Park and Greenery Section)
Business hours 6:00–18:00 (6:00–19:00 from June to August)
Regular holidays Open every day, year-round
Website https://machida-shikisainomori.com/*

*There is a link to a Japanese site.

Machida Nakamise Shopping Street

Historic Shopping Street and Anime Location Machida Tenmangu
Are Just a Walk from Machida Station!

There are many places in Machida that appear in Date A Live. The local government has collaborated with the series to set up digital stamp rally stations at not only Machida Station and other locations that appeared in the anime, but also other tourist spots you can visit when you are touring real-life anime locations. One of those is Machida Nakamise Shopping Street, an over 50-year-old shopping street that is only two minutes on foot from Machida Station. It is a 300-meter-long, old-fashioned arcade with restaurants, variety stores, clothing stores, and other shops lining the street. There are many uniquely local shops too, including a curry restaurant that has appeared on TV and a ramen shop that uses rare ingredients. Long lines form for favorites like Chinese soup dumplings and obanyaki stuffed pancakes. And it’s only a six-minute walk from here to Machida Tenmangu, a well-known shrine among Date A Live fans, so you can have a fun-packed trip visiting both anime locations and tourist spots.

Machida Nakamise Shopping Street

Address 4 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo

Hotels Perfect for Those Visiting Anime Locations and Tourist Attractions!
Immerse Yourself in the World of Anime on Your Trip!

So far, we’ve introduced anime locations and tourist spots, but in this article we’ll recommend some accommodations, which are an important element of your trip. Conveniently located for visiting the anime locations we’ve introduced, these hotels offer anime tie-in projects and many other services that any anime fan would love. Enjoy a jam-packed anime trip by immersing yourself in the world of anime before and after you visit real-life anime locations.

Prince Hotel Sunshine City

Popular Anime-Themed Floor and an
Official Hotel Character Awaits

Moomin Special Room

For a worthwhile anime-themed trip, we recommend staying at Prince Hotel Sunshine City, located next to the commercial complex Sunshine City. The hotel offers a variety of collaborative projects with a focus on anime. One example is Concept Floor IKEPRI25, a floor that is unlike the normal guest room floors. Consisting of 20 guest rooms and four common spaces, the entire floor is anime-themed and features a wide range of anime tie-in projects.

Besides that floor, there are also official rooms of Moominvalley Park, a theme park based on the Finnish Moomin stories (until March 31, 2024). We can’t wait to see what they have in store next. And the restaurants at the hotel regularly offer tie-in menus you can enjoy even if you are not staying at the hotel.

Prince Hotel Sunshine City

Address 3-1-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest train station Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Tokyo Metro or Ikebukuro Station on the JR, Tokyo Metro, Tobu-Tojo, and Seibu Ikebukuro lines
Phone 03-3988-1111
Website https://www.princehotels.com/sunshine/
Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji

Hotel with Must-Visit Tie-In Buffets and
Great Access to Anime Locations!

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If you are thinking about visiting Shirobako’s location, Inokashira Park, or Laid-Back Camp’s location, Akishima MoriPark, we recommend staying at Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji in Hachioji. The closest station to the hotel is JR Hachioji Station, and you can take the Chuo Line to both parks from there. The conveniently located hotel has a total of 200 rooms of a wide range of sizes. It also features a variety of Japanese, Western, and Chinese restaurants, so you can choose from a wide range of flavors to suit your mood. But anime fans come here for the tie-in buffet events. In spring 2023, the hotel offered a Laid-Back Camp-themed buffet, which created a huge buzz by offering camp food that appeared in the series and sweets in the shapes of camping equipment. Right now, there is a Hello Kitty-themed buffet going on until January 31, 2024. In July 2023, the hotel opened four Sanrio character rooms, two based on Hello Kitty and the other two on My Melody and Kuromi. Stay here if you’re a Sanrio fan for memories that will last a lifetime.

Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji

Address 14-1 Asahicho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Nearest train station Hachioji Station on the JR and Keio lines
Phone 042-656-3111
Website https://www.keioplaza.com/hachioji/
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