The last Tokyo trip is all about going to places I’ve always wanted to go but never made it kan. Throughout my travels to Tokyo, Reza and I have gone to filming locations of our favorite dramas. There are some locations we still hadn’t gone to and in the last trip, we made a point to actually go to some of the locations of the drama Hana Yori Dango.
On this post, I shall mention the most iconic places that you might consider visiting:
This was something we’d planned on doing way earlier, but it didn’t materialize until now. After 3 years of procrastinating, we finally visited one of the major filming locations of the drama Hana Yori Dango — the school!
The school in the drama.
(I know the drama is so lapuk already but unless we do this, I won’t be able to rest lol.)
Here’s where Tsukushi and the F4 went to school!
Seikei University is an education institute located some 1/2 hour away from the city center (read about it in my previous post). When we arrived at the neighborhood, I was a little surprised at how small the roads leading to the school were — not as posh as I’d imagine it to be. From the drama, you’d imagine this place to be more uhm ‘atas’.
As soon as we reached the school compound though, we were greeted by the spacious driveway and the beautiful facade and clock tower that were familiar to us. It looks sort of grand relative to its surrounding, that you understand why this place was chosen to be the school of the elite in the drama.
Since we’re there, we explored the place, hoping to find other filming locations that we’d recognize, like the stairs where Tsukushi vents her frustrations of being in a school full of snobs. After going round the campus, looking at block after block, we also found out that the stairs where Tsukushi screams “ARIENAITSUNOOO!” was shot at another university -_-‘
Oh well. An amazing experience to have seen “Eitoku Gakuen” for reals.
If you want to visit Eitoku Gakuen, exit the Kichijoji Station of the JR Chuo Main Line and take a bus to Seikei Gakuen (if you’re afraid of getting lost, walk).
Remember how Tsukasa first asked Tsukushi out? He was going round the table, stopped and said:
“Sunday, Ebisu Garden Place, Clock Tower Square, 1 o’clock.”
Tsukasa waited for Tsukushi in the rain, at the stone monument at Ebisu Garden Place. It became their meeting point for their 1st date and later became the place where they got married.
Went to this place 5 years ago (read about my last visit to the Ebisu Garden), but it was dark at the time. I wanted to see the place in broad daylight.
There’s nothing much going on at the Ebisu Garden apart from the monument, IMO. When I first saw the monument, it was there, standing on its own in its full glory. In my last trip, though, they had a bazaar surrounding the monument and it looked a lot less significant as you and I would like to believe lol.
Despite the monument being less photogenic thanks to its surroundings, I had to take another picture with it.
Here’s me, at the site where Tsukushi and Tsukasa met for a date and later, ended up marrying each other. I am completely aware that they are fictional characters — it’s not that I’m overly obsessed about the relationship of people who don’t exist to have come here.
Think about it… the great Matsumoto Jun (in other words, Domyouji Tsukasa) laid his ass here some 10 years ago. Here I am, where he was and that is cool.
If you want to head to Ebisu Garden Place, exit the Ebisu station of the JR Yamanote Line and head to the Yebisu Skywalk. You’ll be led to the Ebisu Garden Place.
To visit the locations of your favorite Japanese dramas, take a look at this Japanese drama filming location database — just get your browser to translate it for you.