It is no longer a secret, that sports anime are among the most popular and beloved categories today. Nevertheless, out of the multiple sports anime existing, Haikyuu!! is one that particularly stands out from the rest.
The way all the characters are developed, how they evolve throughout the series and the unpredictability of the matches makes it one of the best in its category. Moreover, it also stands out for the sport it highlights, volleyball! For many fans, Haikyuu!! is the best sports anime to exist up to date.
Haikyuu!! even takes time to explain the rules, regulations and calls of the sport in cute cartoon diagrams, so you can discover a new passion just by watching it. The present article will focus on the real life locations of Haikyuu!! for anime-trip lovers or for those willing to recreate great memories with the anime.
Karasuno High School
Shinzen High School
Kamei Arena Sendai
Sumida City Gymnasium
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Karumai TownPeople Gymnasium
Ajinomoto National Training Center
The Real-life Places of Haikyuu!! in Japan
Karasuno High School
Karasuno High School is a fictional public high school in Haikyuu, located in Miyagi Prefecture in Northern Japan. The school is based on the Karumai High School in Iwate Prefecture.
The school is named Shiratorizawa Academy in the anime and is a private high school in Sendai based on real-life Tohoku High School. Most students studying there get accepted by studying hard or through sports scholarships as the entrance exam is rude.
The school was founded in 1950 as a school for the children of Christian missionary families. Initially known as Sendai American School, it changed to Sendai Christian Academy then back to Sendai American School and finally in 1997 its new name was Tohoku International School.
Shiratorizawa Academy campus in Haikyuu!!
Tohoku International school campus, theinternationalschools.com
Shinzen High School is the third of the real-life locations of Haikyuu!! inspired to reproduce a school. It is based on the Karumai Middle School in the Iwate prefecture. In the anime, Shinzen players are masters at using combos.
One of their best combo plays is the synchronized attack, which is when all the spikers move at once to spike, leaving the opponents confused and making the attack unpredictable.
Unfortunately, They lost in the finals of the Spring High Saitama Prefecture Representative Playoffs in full sets to Higashihara High School.
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The next of the real-life locations of Haikyuu!! is an indoor sporting arena well-known to have hosted preliminary round games for the Basketball World Championship 2006 and the Asian Basketball Championship for Women.
It was named Sendai City Gymnasium but later became the Kamei Arena Sendai in July 2016. It is also the home arena of the Sendai 89ers of the Japan professional basketball B.League. In the anime, the arena was the venue for Block A and B team matches and the finals match in the Miyagi Interhigh Preliminaries.
The gymnasium is a 5-minute walk from Tomizawa Station and it takes about 15 minutes to get to Tomizawa Station from Sendai Station on the Namboku subway line.
Tokyo station is one of the most attractive of the real-life locations of Haikyuu!!. It is Japan’s busiest station with more than 4000 trains daily. The station is located in Chiyoda with the east side called Yaesu and the west side Marunouchi.
In Haikyuu, however, the station has only made one appearance as it is seen in chapter 24 when Nekoma goes to Miyagi for Golden Week practice matches and when Kageyama goes to the All-Japan Youth Intensive Training Camp in chapter 208.
Tokyo railway station in real life exactly as in the anime
You can reach Tokyo station via JR trains(the Yamanote Line, Chuo Line, Sobu Line and Keihin-Tohoku Line). Marunouchi Line is if you are using Tokyo Metro lines
You could equally reach the station via long underground passageways linked to nearby Otemachi Station. The Shinkansen bullet train terminal serves as a way to come and leave other cities in the country
It is a multi-purpose arena located in Sumida, Tokyo. Sumida City Gymnasium consists of indoor swimming pools, a training room, a main arena, a Budo hall (martial arts performance hall) and rooftop facilities for enjoying a range of sports activities, including futsal.
Sumida City Gymnasium is a five-story building that hosts basketball, badminton, and volleyball tournaments in particular
In Haikyuu!!, the volleyball tournament for the Tokyo representatives was held in this Gymnasium
Sumida City Gymnasium in the show
Sumida City Gymnasium, Tokyo
Tokyo Skytree located in Sumida, Tokyo, is a broadcasting and observation tower. In 2010, The tower became the tallest structure in Japan. Later on in March 2011, the tower reached its full height of 634 meters high, making it the world’s tallest freestanding broadcasting tower with an observation deck boasting 360-degree views.
It is also one of the most important real-life locations of Haikyuu!! since it’s the main television and radio broadcast site for the Kantō region.
In Haikyuu, the tower is observed during the Tokyo Expedition Arc as Hinata, Nishinoya, and Tanaka keep mistaking regular steel towers for the Skytree.
You can access the Tokyo Skytree Station via the Tobu Skytree Line from Asakusa.
From Tokyo Skytree Station to Tokyo Skytree Town is straight away. But you could equally take the Keisei Oshiage, Hanzomon or Asakusa lines to Oshiage Station
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Built in 1954 for the World Wrestling Championship, Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium is a sporting complex located in Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture. Its main arena can hold 10,000 people and has already hosted a variety of national and international sports competitions like the table tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The station combines various means of transportation from inter-provincial buses and two underground subway links. It is also a major station for the Shinkansen Express train having extensive shopping, restaurants and hotels attached to the railway complex.
Although the main JR train station and the subway station are physically separated, there are underground passageways connecting the two. The main Sendai Station is above-ground and is a hub for JR East containing both the Tohoku and Akita Shinkansen lines and several other local lines. If needed, there is a tourist information centre available at the station.
The Sendai station keeps its name in the Haikyuu manga and you can see the main exit when Nekoma returns to Tokyo after the Golden Week.
Just like other popular anime, Shibuya is among one of the cities that inspired the real-life locations of Haikyuu!! In the anime, the Shibuya 109 appears during Takeda’s speech to Karasuno after their practice match against Aoba Johsai.
It is a unique fashion building, offering a wide selection of the hottest brands and trends. The spot is so famous in Shibuya because there are more than 120 shops inside the building and it is the place where young ladies’ fashion trends begin and at reasonable prices! You can have more information by visiting their official website.
Shibuya 109 is a 1-minute walk from Shibuya Station. Use the exit at the station, cross the Shibuya crossing then walk a hundred meters west. Note Shibuya Crossing is a location that features in series like Tokyo Revengers so it may be a chance for you to revive some scenes from the series.
Karumai Townpeople Gymnasium
As its name indicates, it is a local gymnasium located in Karumai. In Haikyuu, it was used as inspiration for the town gymnasium where Kageyama and Hinata first met back in junior high school.
Karumai Townpeople Gymnasium in Haikyuu!!
Karumai Townpeople Gymnasium entrance in real life
The store is another one of the real life locations of Haikyuu!! found in Karumai, Iwate prefecture. It is located on the main strip of the shopping street and appears in Haikyuu!! when Hinata first saw Karasuno’s Little Giant playing at nationals.
Hinata in front of the electronic store – Haikyuu!!
The same electronic store in Karumai
Ajinomoto National Training Center
Ariake Arena according to their website offers the most advanced live entertainment in the world. It contributes to both a mentally and physically healthy culture and society with the goal to become Tokyo’s new sports and cultural centre.
After the Tokyo 2020 Games, the arena became a new sporting and cultural centre, hosting various events, including international competitions with a seating capacity of up to 15,000 spectators in the Main Arena.
Ariake Arena first appears at the end of chapter 401 of the Haikyuu!! manga. The arena equally features in the special chapter Yūki Ishikawa Collaboration.