Akihabara is known worldwide as a mecca for fans of anime, manga, and video games everywhere. Also known as “Electric Town”, this district in central Tokyo is one of the places where fans can be free and indulge in their hobbies. Because of its reputation, Akihabara has been referenced in many anime series. One anime, in particular, featured Akihabara many times. This anime is Love Live!. Here are 7 places that were featured in the anime and are a must-visit if you are a fan of it!
Akihabara UDX is a multi-purpose complex with establishments like restaurants, souvenir shops, an art gallery and more. In the anime, this 15 storey-high building was used as inspiration for the UTX Academy, an idol school mentioned in the series.
Takemura Sweets Shop is a small shop in Akihabara that sells wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets. In the anime, this shop was used as the inspiration for the home of Kousaka Honoka, the leader of μ’s. Honoka’s family business is also involved in traditional Japanese sweets. The anime pretty much copied the appearance of the real-life structure, but the name of the shop in the anime was “Homura.” The members occasionally gather at Homura Sweets Shop so this place appears not only in the anime series but also in the animated film.
This particular shrine is a beloved place not only for μ’s, but for the whole Love Live! fandom. Kanda Myojin Shrine appears several times throughout the series. Tojo Nozomi, one of the members of μ’s, works as a shrine maiden here. This shrine is also a favorite training place for the girls to work out and practice their dance routines. Fans who have visited this shrine as a part of their anime pilgrimage may have spotted Love Live! fliers and posters in the area.
Myojin Otokozaka refers to the stairs that are located on the east side of Kanda Myojin Shrine. This flight of stairs first appeared in the anime when Honoka, Kotori, and Umi started their training. You can try running up these stairs as well and experience for yourself how hard the girls trained to be idols.
Cure Maid Cafe is actually referenced in many anime series, not just Love Live!. But in Love Live!, this is the place where Minami Kotori worked part-time as a maid. Kotori was famously known for her alias, “Legendary Maid Minalinsky”.
Love Live! fans will remember Akihabara GAMERS as the place where the members of μ’s went to recruit new members for the club and try to save their school. It isn’t hard to miss this place as it is near Akihabara Station. Akihabara GAMERS is the perfect place to go to if you are searching for anime and voice actor merchandise. When you go inside, there is a high percentage that you can find Love Live! merchandise here.
This bridge has also appeared quite frequently in the anime series. From this bridge, you can gain access to a lot of the places mentioned above. Honoka’s house or Takemura Sweets Shop is one of the closest. There is also a park near this bridge that was seen in the anime. This park is called “Nikomaki Koen” by Love Live! fans.
Those are the seven places in Akihabara that are recommended for Love Live! fans. If you are planning your own anime pilgrimage, make sure to include some of these places on your list. I hope you can make precious memories on your trip!