He also released his seventh movie recently, in October 2022 named Suzume. But the one that catches our attention in this article is the famous film 5 Centimeters per second. Released in 2007, it is a romantic drama animated film which had a huge success.
We’re not interested in the movie itself as we will focus instead on the real-life locations of 5 Centimeters per second. We will visit some iconic scenes in real life that appear in the anime movie.
These real-life places include:
The roadside close to Sangūbashi station
NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building
Kagoshima Prefectural Tanegashima Center High School
1. The roadside close to Sangūbashi station
In their childhood, Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara usually passed by this site, which was still a small grove, on their way from school.
Sangūbashi Park in real life
Sangūbashi Park in Five centimeters per second
In real life, there is there’s a small park behind the fences here
This hill leads down towards Sangūbashi Station on the left
The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building is a skyscraper located in the Sendagaya district of Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. At 240 meters (790 ft) tall, it is the fourth tallest building in Tokyo. The building houses some offices but mainly houses technical equipment for the company’s cellular telephone service. An iconic building like this tower should not be missed on your list of real-life locations of 5 Centimeters per second to visit.
The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building begins to appear in the third part of the movie, as it is set in 2008, years after the skyscraper finished its construction.
Tanegashima Airport was a small airport in Tanegashima, Kagoshima. It appears in the anime but was closed on March 16, 2006, because it was not suitable to handle jet aircraft although its runway was extended from 1,000 m to 1,500 m in 1973. It was replaced by the bigger New Tanegashima Airport located 8 kilometres away from the original airport.
In 5 Centimeters per second, Takaki Tōno departed from this airport to Tokyo. Before his departure, Sumida confessed her feelings to him at this place.
Takaki outside the airport’s terminal building
The terminal building of the old Tanegashima airport
Mt. Iwafune is a mountain in Tochigi, Japan, with a height of 172.2m. The mountain appears as one of the real-life locations of 5 Centimeters per second in the show. On March 4, 1995, Takaki’s train was stopped by a snowstorm near this mountain. He passes by it the next morning on his returning train.
At the end of 2007, when Akari takes a train from Iwafune to Tokyo, she quietly looks at the scenery outside and is reminded of her feelings for Takaki in the past.
6. Kagoshima Prefectural Tanegashima Center High School
The last of the real-life locations on the list is the Kagoshima Prefectural Nakatane High School which was opened on March 1, 1948. It operated until 2008 and then became Kagoshima Prefectural Tanegashima Center High School. It is attended by Takaki and Kanae Sumida in the show.
The school from the entrance in real life, makotoshinkai.fandom.com
Kagoshima Prefectural Tanegashima Center High School in the anime, makotoshinkai.fandom.com
After visiting these real-life locations of 5 Centimeters per second, you may be interested in the ones of Your Name, another of Makoto Shinkai’s works.
Where is the real-life location of 5 Centimeters Per Second?
Shinjuku is home to real-life locations of 5 Centimeters Per Second. both the female and male protagonist lives there. While in Shinjuku you could visit other anime real-life locations like GTO, Code Geass, Psycho pass or Death note
5 Centimeters Per Second Plot
5 centimeters per second released on 3 March 2007, is a Japanese animated romantic drama film produced, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The story is set in Japan and is centred on the life of two characters; Takaki Tōno and Akari Shinohara.
The two classmates became friends but later said their relationship was tested when Akari moved to another town. As the distance between them grows and time goes on, they still struggle to nourish their friendship.
They stay in contact via texts and letters but a time comes when their relationship fades out. Takaki remembers the times they have shared and wonders if he could once again meet his close friend again.