Anime vs Real life: 12 Love Live! Real-life locations
The story of this project revolves around a new group of nine schoolgirls who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. It launched in April 2015 with music CDs and anime music videos, followed by a manga version in 2016. The anime was produced by the anime company Sunrise in association with the music label company Lantis, and is directed by Sakai Kazuo. The anime revolves on the school girls trying to save their school from being shut down. We are happy to announce to you that you have the possibility to experience some of the anime moments by visiting the Love Live real-life locations we’ve discovered. The advantage here is that many of these locations are not far from each other and therefore you will be able to visit several of them in a short period of time.
Cure Maid Cafe, Akihabara
Kanon’s House Location
Symbol Promenade Park
The first of the Love Live! real-life locations is the Onden Shrine seen in Love Live Superstar. It is the place where Sumire lives. The shrine is the third largest in Tokyo after Meiji Shrine and Yasukuni Shrine.
On the left, you can see the shrine ema tablet hanging place; mikehattsu.blogspot.com
Kinako is shown sitting down here in the first episode of the second season
The characters praying infront of the saisen-bako coin box
This is where Kotori worked part time as a maid. The cafe is very popular and has been well represented in the anime as you can see above. The cafe has tons of food on offer, many of which are under 1000 yen, meaning that this is one of the Love Live real-life locations to experience if you have an average budget.
Venus Fort is an outlet mall in Odaiba, Tokyo, situated within the Palette Town. It is a Venetian style mall and can make you actually feel like you are in Italy for a moment. Venus Fort opened in 1999 and became popular for its European-style interiors and fountain. Unfortunately the mall closed permanently on March 27th, 2022 so you cannot go indoors anymore. The mall is shown in Love Live Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.
The Kano River is an A class river in Shizuoka Prefecture of central Japan. It is 46 kilometers long and has a watershed of 853 square kilometers. It is one of the real-life places of Love Live you can visit in the Numazu Central park
Kanon’s House Location is one of the most important Love Live real-life locations. Kanon Shibuya is the primary protagonist in Love Live! Superstar and is the leader of Liella, the school idol group of Yuigaoka Girls’ High School. Kanon is easily recognizable; she has a slim figure with orange hair that reaches her shoulders and has purple eyes.
Kanon waving goodbye to Keke outside the house
The house from the exterior in the image above
The walls are made up of red bricks
Red bricks as seen in the anime
In the second season of the series, Kanon meets Kinako just outside the house. The building that’s on the right of the house is an Italian restaurant in real life.
Kanon and Kinako in front of the house
Kanon meets Kinako outside the house in the second season of Love! Live. The image above corresponds to the real life place
As you can see the street light behind looks alike to the one in the anime
Wien standing on the second floor of the building beside the house
The second floor of the building beside the house almost looks similar to the building in Love Live!
Close to the house location are also these stairs that were shown in the second season.
The next of our top Love Live real-life locations is Takeshita street, is a pedestrian shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Harajuku in Tokyo. Located directly across the exit of JR East’s Harajuku Station, Takeshita Street is very popular with young teenagers, particularly those visiting Tokyo on school trips, or local young people shopping at weekends.
Kanon runs towards Takeshita street
What is seen as a cat cafe is instead a dog cafe in real life.
In Love Live Superstar, there is this spot shown several times in different episodes…
You can see Kanon is standing in front of the Yuine shop
This is the Yuine shop that appears in Love Live! in real life. However the shop is instead named Body Line
Sumire seen eating an ice cream here
The ice cream shop is actually a crepe shop in real life.
Symbol Promenade Park is a park in Odaiba, Tokyo, opened in 1996 by the sea. The park links with various facilities in the waterfront sub center by connecting Aomi, Ariake and Daiba areas. There is an area of the center promenade in the park called Valley of Living Creatures which is one of the Love Live real-life locations. This area was also shown in Love Live Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.
Shizuku is shown sitting on a bench here in the park
A bench in the park the you can see Shizuku sitting. The place in real life and in the anime are perfectly identical
Close to the bench, you will see the Hydrangea Staircase where Shizuku stood
Ayumi walking down the road next to the Valley of Living Creatures waving at fans
And from this spot you can have a view of the Daiba Frontier building…
A look of the Daiba Frontier building in the anime Love Live!
From the North, you can get onto the promenade at Daiba Station, next to the replica of the Statue of Liberty and the Aqua City shopping center and at the South, use Telecom Centre station. Both of them are on the Yurikamome line.
284 m from Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station.
0.6 km from Tokyo-teleport Station (JR Rinkai Line (R4))