Please log in
Anime Tourism, as people call it, is a fun activity that you can enjoy when in Japan! Continuing from our Tokyo Ghoul Real Life Places article, we decided to visit Nerima City to take actual photos of places that appeared in Tokyo Ghoul. It is also a great way to explore a new place.
Header Image Credit: NTT Docomo / ©石田スイ／集英社・東京喰種製作委員会
Table of Contents
Protagonist Kaneki Ken (金木 研) is attacked and almost killed at the hands of Kamishiro Rize (神代 利世) who is actually a human-eating ghoul. By luck, she gets crushed by falling steel beams. The dying Kaneki was saved by having Rize’s organs transplanted into him. The unfortunate side effect, he turns into a half-ghoul. Kaneki now has to accept his transformation, his new life ahead of him, as well as his new diet.
Image Credit: Young Jump / © SUI ISHIDA / SHUEISHA
For a deeper understanding of Tokyo Ghoul, we recommend reading our Tokyo Ghoul related article where we introduced Tokyo Ghoul and its sequels, and main places to visit in Tokyo that transpired in Tokyo Ghoul.
Excerpt from the article:
“Tokyo Ghoul is a one-of-a-kind manga whose fast-paced story representing both physical and mental struggle took the world by storm. Many of the anime and manga settings were based on real life places, so naturally we’re here to introduce the areas in Tokyo worth exploring. We also introduce Tokyo Ghoul and explain why exactly its sequels are so confusing.” - Real Life Places that Transpired in Tokyo Ghoul
Nerima City is located in the northwestern part of Tokyo. Popular areas to visit in Nerima include Hikarigaoka Park, Chihiro Art Museum, and Shakujii Park. Amusement park Toshimaen closed down in 2020 but is expected to reopen in 2023 as Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter.
More than 15 scenes depicted in the anime and manga can be identified in the Tokyo neighbourhood of Nerima, not including verbal references.
Tokyo as depicted in Tokyo Ghoul is made up of 24 wards, rather than 23 special wards in real Tokyo. Much of Tokyo Ghoul is set in the 20th ward which is based on Nerima, especially Anteiku. The symbol for the 20th ward is actually the same (or remarkably similar) to Nerima’s own ward logo.
Image Credit: Nerima City Office
This tiny detail is easily missed but we spotted it in the anime!
練馬の喫茶店アンデス様が閉店されたそうです。コーヒーを飲んでじっと次の物語を考える。漫画を作り出す最高の「場」だったと思います。今まで本当にありがとうございました。 pic.twitter.com/3448YGX3bD— あだち充情報【公式】 (@mitsuru_mix) August 8, 2020
Andes is rumoured to be the model cafe for Anteiku, the cafe where Kaneki ends up working as a part-time waiter to learn how to live as a ghoul and to acquaint himself with them. Anteiku is actually a front for an organisation that overlooks the ghouls in the 20th ward. Part of their duties include preparing food for the resident ghouls, by ethical means of course. Unfortunately, Andes closed down in 2020.
Tokyo Ghoul’s finale arc that was adapted into Tokyo Ghoul √A. In this arc, the once peaceful 20th ward becomes a battlezone as CCG carried out a raid operation to destroy Anteiku and eliminate the ghoul known as the Owl.
Since Anteiku’s neighbourhood and the 20th ward are based on Nerima, this Arc in itself has lots of recognizable parts of Nerima in it.
Our WeXpats writer visited Nerima to capture parts of Nerima that appeared in Tokyo Ghoul. The locations were all within walkable distance of Nerima Station.
Koma Enji (古間 円児) as Devil Ape engaged in combat with CCG. This was at Nerima Station’s Ground Floor, a short flight of stairs right in front of SEIYU Part 1 supermarket entrance. You can also see them destroying the Seibu Line and Toei Oedo Line signage.
Devil Ape moves to attack Tanakamaru Mougan (田中丸 望元) of CCG. This is the other side of Nerima Station’s ground floor. Similarly, all the drawn train signages are as the actual location. Also featured in Chapter 130 from different angles.
Kaneki intercepts to rescue Koma Enji from Tanakamaru Mougan. This is the Toedo Oedo Line’s ticket gate.
Apes ghoul gang led by Devil Ape encounter a CCG squad. This was taken from Nerima Station’s north exit.
Apes and CCG in combat. This spot is right outside the south exit. It is a small open space with a few trees and some benches.
Kaneki leaps to and off the triangular roof to escape pursuing CCG investigators. This is Nerima Station’s south exit. The stairs at the bottom left of the photo is where 5. was taken.
Kaneki and Amon Koutarou (亜門 鋼太朗) face each other in battle. This was taken from the 2F of a bicycle parking lot right across the street from Nerima Station, west side. In the manga, the shoplots are replaced with white space.
When Banjou Kazuichi (万丈 数壱) goes to the 20th ward in search of Rize. Exit from Nerima Station’s north exit next to Seibu Line’s ticket gate. Go towards the direction of the community centre and you’ll eventually come across this flight of stairs.
Background frame introducing Amon as the 4th Squad’s captain. This is Plaza Tokiwa, a rather large store selling clothes and household goods. It is across the street from SEIYU Part 2
We made our way to the Nerima Ward Office which has a free to public observation lobby on the 20th floor. Note that the elevators service different floors; one side only goes to Basement~10F, the other side from 11F~. The 20F also has a restaurant where you can dine and enjoy the view.
Nerima’s cute mascot figure welcomes you to the 20F observation lobby.
The rooftop of this building is where the Second Owl ambushes the CCG after their short-victory over the Owl.
A summary report in the aftermath of the 20th Ward One-Eyed Owl Suppression Operation, a scene of Nerima on a gloomy rainy night. Photo taken facing the direction of SkyTree.
Nothing of particular note happened in this frame, as there were only dialogue boxes. This parking lot is straight west of Nerima Station along the Toshima Line. The tree got a lot bigger.
Irimi Kaya (入見 カヤ) as Kuroinu leading the Black Dobers against CCG. A very detailed drawing of the below location down to the electricity pole and bicycles. This part of the neighbourhood is northeast of Nerima ward office, right behind the 7-Eleven konbini on Meiji-dori.
Irimi is attacked by Hachikawa Chuu (鉢川 忠) here. Irimi is injured when she moves to protect an old lady living in one of the apartments from Hachikawa’s attack. The zigzag designed building is located along the same street as 13.
Kaneki comes to Irimi’s rescue just before Hachikawa finishes her off and asks Hachikawa a question.
“Then do humans have it [a hell]?” - Kaneki Ken
CCG are cheering at successfully subduing the Owl. This building is Nerima Metropolitan Tax Office. It is nearby the Ward Office.
That concludes our coverage on Nerima as portrayed in Tokyo Ghoul as the 20th ward. It took around 2 hours to complete the whole route on foot, with a bicycle perhaps half that time. Anime tourism, or anime pilgrimage, is a lot of fun and quite similar to treasure hunting. Starting with locating the area, we then had to figure out the right camera angle to take the shot. It’s not limited to anime and manga; movies, dramas, anything you’re interested in. Why not give it a try?
All our cat-related articles gathered together on one page for easy finding. Everything from cat cafes to Yokai cats, anime recommendations to maneki neko. Browse for something fun to read or just enj...
Japan has a long list of occasions and customs when it comes to gift-giving, whether for friends, family or in business situations. We cover a wide range of events as well as give tips about cost, eti...
There are many opportunities to write thank you messages - whether in thank you cards or cards for other occasions including birthdays, after someone does you a favor, and so on. Make sure you know ho...
Discover the world of Yokai with our article focusing on Japan’s demonic cats Kaibyo. Introducing the most famous of cat Yokai, the two tailed beast Nekomata, Bakeneko, and some other cat Yokai ...