6 Real-life locations of Slam Dunk Anime and Manga
Slam Dunk is one of the most popular sports manga and anime series with the theme of basketball. The manga had a large success with over 170 million copies in circulation, making it the seventh best-selling manga series in history. Although the manga was serialized in 1990; it remains very popular nowadays. The real-life locations of Slam Dunk are part of the most visited spots by anime fans. If you want to visit these locations, here are some you can put on your list:
Ryonan High School
Tokkei Security Hiratsuka General Gymnasium
Akibadai Cultural Gymnasium
Musashinokita High School
The Top Real-life locations of Slam Dunk
Kamakurakōkōmae Station, Kamakura
The Kamakurakōkōmae Statioundoubtedlyurely the most popular of the real-life locations of Slam Dunk. It’s one of the first things you’d see in the opening theme of every episode; it is the level crossing where Hanamichi Sakuragi met Haruko in the opening theme of Slam Dunk. It is called “the crossroads of fate” by anime fans! Though small in size, it is known for its scenic beauty with an open view of the Pacific Ocean and Mount Fuji from the station platform.
Kanagawa Prefectural Kamakura High School (Ryonan High School)
Ryonan High School is a private high school in Kanagawa. It has one of the top basketball teams and it is the first team in the series Shohoku plays and also Hanamichi Sakuragi’s debut game, though it’s only a practice game. If you cheered for the Ryonan team, then you might want to check out the Ryonan High school, another one of the real-life locations of Slam Dunk.
To get to the school, it only takes five minutes on foot from Kamakurakōkōmae Station.
Tokkei Security Hiratsuka General Gymnasium is an arena in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa. It is a great spot which inspired one of the real-life locations of Slam Dunk. In real life, besides holding the pro basketball league, various tournaments have taken place here.
Another gymnasium serving as one of the real-life locations of Slam Dunk is the Akibadai Cultural Gymnasium. Though as a work site, the railroad in front of Kamakura High School is famous, it was the Akibadai Gymnasium that served as the model for the venue for the games. Located in Fujisawa, you can visit the spot anytime but it is closed every 3rd Monday of every month.
Musashino Kita High School is situated near Musashino Central Park and Yahatacho Police Box. The school also serves as one of the real-life locations of Slam Dunk as it represents the Shohoku High School in the anime. The basketball team, Shohoku High, is the focus of Slam Dunk anime and manga. Shohoku High School is likely to be based on the Chicago Bulls, because of the team colours red and black and the similarities of the logos.
It is the ending scene where the protagonists gather. It shows Hanamichi and Rukawa heading to their new dreams after the Interhigh. After the dramatic game they had, the scene changes to an everyday scene where the protagonist and the rival are looking at Enoshima floating on the ocean.
Noshiro basketball Library & Museum is a facility that deals with the history and culture of all basketball in Japan and the world. In the museum, you’ll find a lot of Slam Dunk comic books, magazines, and signed sketches by Takehiko Inoue, the author.
You can see the scene where Hanamichi’s rival, Rukawa, is riding a bike on the cover art of the manga’s new edition Vol.2. The height is approximately the adult’s chest area and if you are good at climbing, you can climb up to stand on it.
Slam Dunk Watch Order: The Complete Guide (Including Movies)
After visiting the real-life locations of Slam Dunk, why not recall some wonderful memories by watching back the show? A 101-episode anime television series adaptation was released by studio Tōei animation between October 1993 and March 1996. Four anime films were also released between 1994 and 1995. This is the watch order of the anime so you know your way around it:
Slam Dunk (anime series, 1993–1996)
Slam Dunk (movie, 1994)
Conquer the Nation, Hanamichi Sakuragi! (film, 1994)