|A Doylist perspective on Detective Conan|
|Mistakes and changes|
|Oversights in Detective Conan|
|Differences between the manga and anime|
|Differences between magazine and volume|
|Setting and recurring locations|
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This is a list of real life buildings, places and other surroundings Gosho Aoyama used as reference models for the settings appearing in his works. Please see this list here as an active work in progress. What you'll do with this information in the end is up to you, maybe you can use this knowledge for a fan fiction or go on one of those manga/anime pilgrimages when you are in Japan. Every series will be partitioned by medium (since the position of the same building or place in a franchise differs from medium to medium sometimes).
There will be mentions of the different (real) wards (-ku) of Tokyo and the towns (-chō) they are composed of respectively a lot, which can get quite complicated and confusing if you are not knowledgable about the geography of Tokyo and how this city is administrated. Below you can see a very good map from TokyoMap.com, giving you a quick and simple rundown of the structure of its wards.
- 1 Detective Conan
- 1.1 Manga
- 1.1.1 Company President's Daughter Case (Manga: 2-5)
- 1.1.2 ¥1,000,000,000 Robbery (Manga: 13-16)
- 1.1.3 Code Sheet Case (Manga: 36-39)
- 1.1.4 Pro Soccer Player Case (Manga: 69-71)
- 1.1.5 Follow the Voice!! (Manga: 82)
- 1.1.6 TV Station Murder Case (Manga: 102-104)
- 1.1.7 Moon, Star, and Sun Case (Manga: 111-113)
- 1.1.8 Kaitou Kid and the Black Star (Manga: 156-157)
- 1.1.9 Sato's Father Case (Manga: 267-269)
- 1.1.10 Disappearing Mitsuhiko 1 (Manga: 358+)
- 1.1.11 Kaitou Kid and the Ocean's Miracle (Manga: 453+)
- 1.1.12 Onsen Murder Case (Manga: 722-724)
- 1.1.13 Vampire's Mansion (Manga: 834-840)
- 1.1.14 Romance Novelist Murder Case (Manga: 876-878)
- 1.1.15 Drug Trading Case (Manga: 879-881)
- 1.1.16 Aquarium Murder Case (Manga: 882-884)
- 1.1.17 Kite-Flying Competition Murder Case (Manga: 885-887)
- 1.1.18 The Sealed Move (Manga: 899)
- 1.1.19 Shogi Tournament/Poolside Case (Manga: 899-905)
- 1.1.20 The Forbidden Move (Manga: 901)
- 1.1.21 Kamaitachi Murder Case (Manga: 909-912)
- 1.1.22 Girls Band Murder Case (Manga: 936-938)
- 1.1.23 The Spiteful Old Man (Manga: 945)
- 1.1.24 Kaitou Kid and the Luna Memoria Case (Manga: 963-965)
- 1.1.25 Edo Style Deduction Show (Manga: 977)
- 1.1.26 Eri Kisaki Abduction Case (Manga: 984-986)
- 1.1.27 Kendo Tournament Murder Case (Manga: 990-993)
- 1.1.28 Haibara's Lost Phone Strap Case (Manga: 997-999)
- 1.1.29 Crimson School Trip Case (Manga: 1000-1005)
- 1.1.30 See? ♡ (Manga: 1008)
- 1.1.31 It's Not "Mike", But... (Manga: 1017)
- 1.1.32 Kaitou Kid and the Fairy's Lip (Manga: 1018-1021)
- 1.1.33 Substitute (Manga: 1022)
- 1.1.34 Nagano Snowy Mountains Case (Manga: 1027-1031)
- 1.1.35 Collecting Edible Wild Plants (Manga: 1032)
- 1.1.36 Lover Code Case (Manga: 1039-1042)
- 1.1.37 Sisters' Birthday Party Murder Case (Manga: 1050)
- 1.1.38 Kogoro in a Dilemma (Manga: 1055-1057)
- 1.2 Anime
- 1.2.1 The Coded Map of the City Case
- 1.2.2 A Crab and Whale Kidnapping Case
- 1.2.3 The Secret of the Moon, the Star, and the Sun
- 1.2.4 The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid
- 1.2.5 Momotarou Mystery Solving Tour
- 1.2.6 Teimuzu River Kite Flying Case
- 1.2.7 Lawyer Kisaki's SOS
- 1.2.8 The Kendo Tournament of Love and Mystery
- 1.2.9 The Heartfelt Strap
- 1.3 Movies
- 1.4 Movie manga
- 1.1 Manga
- 2 Detective Conan: Wild Police Story
- 3 Magic Kaito
- 3.1 Manga
- 3.1.1 The Revived Phantom Thief (MK Manga: 1)
- 3.1.2 The Police Are Everywhere (MK Manga: 2)
- 3.1.3 Japan's Most Irresponsible Prime Minister (MK Manga: 8)
- 3.1.4 The Boy Who Bet on the Ball (MK Manga: 11)
- 3.1.5 Kaitou Under Scrutiny (MK Manga: 16)
- 3.1.6 Yaiba vs. Kaito! (MK Manga: 18)
- 3.1.7 Golden Eye (MK Manga: 25)
- 3.1.8 Dark Knight (MK Manga: 27+)
- 3.1.9 Midnight Crow/Sun Halo (MK Manga: 31-36)
- 3.1.10 Midnight Crow (MK Manga: 31)
- 3.1.11 Sun Halo (MK Manga: 34-36)
- 3.2 TV specials
- 3.3 Magic Kaito 1412
- 3.1 Manga
- 4 Yaiba
- 4.1 Manga
- 4.1.1 Yaiba Appears (Yaiba Manga: 1)
- 4.1.2 Now to Tengu Peak (Yaiba Manga: 13+)
- 4.1.3 Eight Demons Resurrected (Yaiba Manga: 15)
- 4.1.4 Yaiba in Danger (Yaiba Manga: 17)
- 4.1.5 Musashi vs. Kojiro (Yaiba Manga: 40)
- 4.1.6 Who is Japan's No. 1 (Yaiba Manga: 42)
- 4.1.7 Beating Revival (Yaiba Manga: 216)
- 4.1.8 The Girl's Identity (Yaiba Manga: 238+)
- 4.1 Manga
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- Google Maps: Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0032, Japan
Futatsubashi Middle School the kidnapper keeps Akiko Tani at is a play on the real Hitotsubashi Middle School in Chiyoda Ward ("hitotsu" = "one", "futatsu" = "two"). Furthermore, the Hyakujii Park the kidnapper wants his ransom money placed in is based on the name of the Shakujii Park Gosho Aoyama once lived close to during his time when he lived in the Nerima Ward and which he often visited in his spare time.
- Google Maps Hitotsubashi Junior High School: 2 Chome-6-14 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0003, Japan (35°41'39"N 139°45'24"E)
- Google Maps Shakujii Park: 1 Chome-26-1 Shakujiidai, Nerima City, Tokyo 177-0045, Japan (35°44'20"N 139°35'51"E)
Conan Edogawa is on the way back from the Beika Police Department to the Mouri Detective Agency together with Kogoro and Ran Mouri, during which he, with the help of his new glasses gadget, geolocates the tall man "4 kilometers to the northwest... in Shinjuku", which, if you take any point in Shinjuku, would encompass exactly the area tinted and framed in blue on the following map for Conan (and the part of Beika seen here) to potentially be in - consisting of a good chunk of the upper half of Minato, the lower half of Chiyoda and a remote southeast corner of the Shinjuku Ward itself.
The Detective Boys take a bus on the real To06 line (都06) of Toei Bus to get from Beika (or, rather, a bus stop close to Beika Park, it seems) to Tokyo Tower. The line indeed leads from Shibuya Station through the Minato Ward, passed the Tower and has its final destination at Shimbashi Station. As this, it's one of the most direct hints about where Beika may be set in the world of the manga. The complete route can be seen as a green line on the map.
"Tohto Tower" in that same case of course is Tokyo Tower in anything but name. It goes on to become a recurring location, implied to be very close to Beika and Haido, maybe even part of it in the world of Detective Conan. It also features as the background photo on the front cover of Volumes 36 and 93.
- Google Maps Tokyo Tower: 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011, Japan (35°39'31"N 139°44'44"E)
The "PAPCO" building the Detective Boys reach during their treasure hunt in file 38 is modeled after the PARCO Store, part of the east side of Ikebukuro Station (Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo) in real life.
- Google Maps PARCO Store: 1 Chome-28-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-8557, Japan (35°43'51"N 139°42'45"E)
Hideo Akagi and his team are playing their soccer match in the Tokyo National Stadium (Kasumigaoka Town(jp), Shinjuku Ward), also known as Kokuritsu Kyōgijō, as it is called in the chapters, too. The real stadium has been restructured since then and looks vastly different than at the time it was featured in Detective Conan.
The "Yotsubishi Gas" station is a play on the (once) real Mitsubishi Gas stations, including a fitting four-petaled logo (instead of the usual three-petaled one), but considering that there are roughly thousands of gas stations in and around Tokyo who all look similar or identical, and the fact that none of them have that same name anymore (most of it seems to be Nippon Oil by now) and that this was over two decades ago, it's safe to assume that it will be extremely difficult or impossible to ever find the specific model for this exact one.
- Google Maps Old Nippon TV Headquarters: 2-5 Nibanchō, Chiyoda City, Tōkyō-to 102-0084, Japan (35°41'12"N 139°44'13"E)
- Google Maps Ohana Estate: 1 Shinhokamachi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka 832-0069, Japan 33°09'32"N 130°23'52"E
The surroundings seen from the roof Conan Edogawa and Kaitou Kid have their first meeting on, including Tokyo Tower and the Shiroyama Trust Tower(jp) to the left and, hence, the position of Haido City Hotel, are identical with those of the ANA Intercontinental Tokyo Hotel in the Akasaka District of Minato Ward. Apart from that, Gosho Aoyama used a different, so far unidentified model for the hotel itself.
- Google Maps ANA Intercontinental Tokyo Hotel: 1-12-33 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan (35°40'10"N 139°44'54"E)
A serial arsonist sets fire to several places in Tokyo, the last of which so far is in Yotsuya, a district in Shinjuku Ward, where Ayumi Yoshida saw the arsonist after he started the fire. Shortly after being interrogated by inspector Miwako Sato at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department about the person in question, she wants to drive to Yotsuya together with the Detective Boys, saying that she wants to take a stop anyway, since it's "the same way" - which is revealed to be the fourth block of Haido, where her father happened to die 18 years ago, firmly placing this block of the fictitious district somewhere between the real districts of Kasumigaseki (Chiyoda Ward) and the aforementioned Yotsuya - in an area on the southwest border of Chiyoda it shares with the Minato Ward.
During this call, Juzo Megure tells them that he and some other policemen from the Shinagawa Police Department are chasing a suspect who escaped during an interrogation in the "sixth block" of Shinagawa (probably referring to the "district" of Shinagawa, which is an alternate name for Takanawa and Kōnan(jp), distinct from the homonymous ward), who should be "close" to them. Wataru Takagi and Ninzaburo Shiratori start driving and are able to catch the criminal at the Takanawa Exit of Shinagawa Station, which, despite its name and like the "Shinagawa District", is in the south of Minato. The Nanagamari Pub is said to be in front of the train station.
The places the serial arsonist set fire to are all real locations of Tokyo: The Ikebukuro District in Toshima, the Asakusabashi District in Taitō, Tabata in Kita, the Shimokitazawa District in Setagaya Ward and the aforementioned Yotsuya in Shinjuku. This also fits Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya's thoughts and the relations on Ai Haibara's map with markers of the scenes of the fires shown in-story, corresponding with real life maps.
This is probably the one most people on here already know: Beika Station, appearing from file 358 onwards is based on Shin-Ōkubo Station, just like in the movies, in real life built in Hyakunin Town of Shinjuku Ward. Contrary to the movies, though, it isn't on vaguely the same position as the real train station, but closer to the Ebisu and Gotanda Districts on the border between the wards Shibuya, Minato and Shinagawa in the manga.
- Google Maps Shin-Ōkubo Station: 1 Chome Hyakunincho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-0073, Japan (35°42'4"N 139°42'1"E)
Jirokichi Suzuki's "Great Suzuki Museum" is modeled after the former Hokkaidō Government Building in Sapporo. In Detective Conan, it's located in "Shiotome", in front of the "Shiotome Park" of Tokyo, which probably is a play on Shiodome in the Minato Ward of the city.
The Hakone Onsen in Kanagawa Prefecture seen during this case is based on the Hawai Onsen in Yurihama Town of Gosho Aoyama's home prefecture Tottori. This was also confirmed by the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory.
The house of the Torakura family is modeled after a house in Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, only one of several allusions to [Wikipedia: Umineko When They Cry|Umineko no Naku Koro ni]] in this case (besides Dracula, of course), since the entrance of the guest house of that franchise was also designed like it. While the Torakura mansion is said to be on the border of Saitama and Gunma Prefectures, the real building and its surrounding park are actually situated in the Nishigahara District of the Kita Ward in Tokyo. Fittingly, it's also said to be a popular filming location for horror movies.
It also serves as the background photo of volume 79's front cover.
- Google Maps Kyu-Furukawa Gardens Western-Style Mansion: 1 Chome Nishigahara, Kita City, Tokyo 114-0024, Japan (35°44'35"N 139°44'46"E)
Masumi Sera invites her friends Ran Mouri, Sonoko Suzuki, and Conan Edogawa to the new 50-floor-hotel she's currently living in after school. Ran's view from the window straight to the distinctive skyscrapers of the Shibuya Ward, as well as Yoyogi Park and Nishi-Shinjuku behind those in the background by distance, perspective, as well as height and nature of the building as a luxurious skyscraper hotel/apartment complex suggests it to be on the spot where Daikanyama Address Tower is standing in real life (Daikanyama Town, Shibuya Ward), the only skyscraper of this kind in the vicinity from which such a panorama could be seen.
The taller buildings (from the left) are Shibuya Mark City (the rectangular one), the skyscraper right next to it, to the left of Ran's head, is the Cerulean Tower, the building with the skewed roof below to the right of it, still to the left of Ran, is the Special School Shibuya, to the right of Ran's chin Shinjuku National Garden is visible (together with the Nishi-Shinjuku skyscraper district, one can even make out the three-stage Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building No. 2, if looking very closely) and between Ran and her speech bubble the tower at Shibuya Station can be seen.
The Ebisu Bridge Conan Edogawa goes to ("secretly" being followed by Ai Haibara and the Detective Boys) is a real bridge in the eponymous Ebisu District of Shibuya Ward in Tokyo. Interestingly, it's implied to be in or near Beika in Conan's world, considering they were on the way to Professor Hiroshi Agasa's house and went to the bridge by foot. The name of the bridges also play a bigger role during this case.
- Google Maps Ebisu Bridge Tokyo: 16, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan (35°38'35"N 139°42'44"E)
- Google Maps Toba Aquarium: 3 Chome-3-6 Toba, Mie 517-8517, Japan (34°28'54"N 136°50'45"E)
The place Professor Hiroshi Agasa, Conan Edogawa, Ai Haibara, and the Detective Boys drive to is the Horikirimizube Park at the first block of the Horikiri District(jp) in the Katsushika Ward of Tokyo, with the Arakawa doubling as Teimuzu River in Detective Conan. The aforementioned park indeed is a popular spot for kite flying competitions in real life.
- Google Maps Horikirimizube Park: 1 Chome Horikiri, Katsushika City, Tokyo 124-0006, Japan
The bridge sporting these distinct Y-shaped concrete pylons seen several times next to the park in the same case, on the other hand, is the Shin-Arakawa Bridge spanning the Arakawa at Horikirimizube.
- Google Maps Shin-Arakawa Bridge: Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0031, Japan (35°44'39"N 139°49'25"E)
The Tokiwa Hotel Shuukichi Haneda stays at at the beginning of the case is a real hotel and it really is situated in the Yamanashi Prefecture (in its capital Kōfu, to be exact), like it's said in the chapter.
- Google Maps Tokiwa Hotel: 2 Chome-5-21 Yumura, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-0073, Japan (35°40'46"N 138°32'56"E)
- Google Maps Hotel Nikko Fukuoka: 2 Chome-18-25 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, 812-0011, Japan (33°35'30"N 130°25'02"E)
- Google Maps Shogi Hall Tokyo: 2 Chome-39-9 Sendagaya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0051, Japan (35°40'38"N 139°42'34"E)
The Kamaitachi Inn is modeled after the Echigoya Ryokan(jp) in Narai (Shiojiri City), in the midst of the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, at an old route between Tokyo (Edo back then) and Kyoto, so the description about the Kamaitachi Inn being "in the mountains of Nagano" in the manga is certainly true for its reference building.
Sound Studio HAKOBUNE is based on Sound Studio NOAH Shinjuku in building 10 of the second block of the Nishi-Shinjuku District, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. There are several Sound Studio NOAH branches in Tokyo, including another one in Shibuya Ward, but the Shinjuku one is the correct model.
The "Studio AITA" Yumi Miyamoto and Miwako Sato pass at the beginning of the case is actually Studio ALTA in the south of Shinjuku Ward, located in the district(jp) of the same name. One can also spot the LUMINE EST Department Store behind them in the panel right after it, which is across Studio ALTA in real life.
The closeness of Beika to the Tokyo Tower is specified by establishing the existence of a church in the neighbourhood of Mouri Detective Agency, the bells of which could still be heard by Eri Kisaki in her hiding spot 1 kilometer (~0.6 miles) away. Conan Edogawa, Kogoro and Ran Mouri go to the Zōjō-ji, a temple right next to the Tower, at which Conan shoots his soccer ball against the bell of Shōrōdo (the small pavilion in front of the temple), the sound of which Eri can still hear in the distance of 340 meters (~0.2 miles). Based on the intersection points of two imaginary circles around church and Shōrōdo with respective radii of 1 kilometer and 340 meters, the trio can narrow down the place Eri is kept at to two (fictional) districts, Sutan and Buroku.
The gain of knowledge from this is that the church and, by extension, Mouri Detective Agency have to be inside a well-spaced radius of 1.34 kilometers (~0.83 miles) around the Shōrōdo. This would, in real life, partly encompass the districts of Mita, the Shiba area, Kaigan, Atago, the Shinbashi area, Toranomon, Akasaka, Roppongi and the area of Azabu, which are all in the Minato Ward. If one also takes the schematic depiction of the relations of Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Zōjō-ji, church and detective agency from the minds of the characters exactly, church and detective agency (and as such, parts of Beika) would be vaguely locatable to the west, the south or the southwest.
The cinema Kogoro and Eri go to at the end of the case is modeled after the Cinemas Q in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture, actually on the island of Kyushu. Judging by the Suzuki Library, it seems like Gosho Aoyama or someone he knows did research there not all too long before those chapters.
The kendō tournament Heiji Hattori, Soshi Okita and Takeshi Onimaru partake in during this case is organized in Tohto Gymnasium, which is based on the real Nakano Gymnasium, located at building 11 in the fourth block 4 of the Nakano District(jp) in the ward of the same name in Tokyo.
Conan Edogawa, Ai Haibara, and the Detective Boys are taking a ride with a train of the JR East E233-3000 series on the real Shōnan-Shinjuku Line in file 997, passing an existing segment of the route located between the Ebisu (Shibuya Ward) and Gotanda District (Shinagawa Ward) along their respective border with Minato, before the train enters Beika Station. One can spot, from left to right, the NTT COMWARE Gotanda Building (ＮＴＴコムウェア五反田ビル), Mast Life Meguro South (マストライフ目黒南) and the Meguro Gajoen Arco Tower to the left of the tracks.
The lost-and-found office in Chiyari Station (which seems to be fictitious itself) at the end of the same chapter is based on the real lost-and-found office of Tokyo Metro (with an altered emblem in Detective Conan) at Iidabashi Station, which is situated right on the juncture of the Chiyoda, Bunkyō and Shinjuku Wards in Tokyo.
The "Danny's" Rei Furuya, Conan and the Detective Boys are stopping by to eat and discuss their hunt for the phone strap at the beginning of file 998 is a real Denny's restaurant - the one in building 6 at the first block in Yokohama's Kitayamada District in the Tsuzuki Ward (Kanagawa Prefecture), to be specific. Considering Rei must have passed Yokohama to reach Chiyari Station, it's a fitting location to stop.
The cinema showing "The Azengers" Conan Edogawa, Ran Mouri, Sonoko Suzuki, Makoto Kyogoku, and Masumi Sera are leaving right at the beginning of the case is a real building of the Toho Cinemas chain in Roppongi Hills, located in the Minato Ward of Tokyo.
The train Conan Edogawa, Kogoro Mouri, Rei Furuya, and Kanenori Wakita ride at the beginning of the case is a limited express Azusa train that plies between Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to Matsumoto Station in Nagano (like it's told in the case), with the model number changed from "35" to "36" for some reason.
In the background of the panel you can spot the Yatsugatake Mountains, while the train passes a real segment of the line in Yamanashi Prefecture between Nagasaka and Kobuchizawa Stations, which is a popular place to take photos of these trains (like the one on the left).
Haido Port is practically identical to the real life Hinode Pier at the border between Minato (which it belongs to) and Chiyoda Wards, in turn also implying the Haido district to be around the border of these wards again. The warehouses on the right (and the one the case happens in) are the Hinode Pier Warehouses (Second block, Kaigan District, Minato Ward, Tokyo), in real life, the ones on the panel/photo are numbered 2-A, 2-B, 2-C, etc., in Detective Conan, they are simply given numbers. Judging by their manga and real life succession, No. 4 (where the murder happens in) should correlate with warehouse 2-D.
Furthermore, the ship in front of the other one Ran Mouri, Kazuha Toyama, and Momiji Ooka photograph themselves in front of in the last chapter of this case is the "Silver Muse" of the Silverseas company, which actually passes (or passed, it seemingly moved to Canada afterwards) the Hinode Pier on its route when it arrives in Tokyo after leaving Yokohama to the north, just like it passed Haido Port in Detective Conan. The "identity" of the other ship is still unknown, though.
The villa in Karuizawa Yoko Okino tells about is modeled after the Bansui-sō, which is actually located in the Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. The same mansion also already served as the model for Akako Koizumi's residence in Magic Kaito 1412.
The Coded Map of the City Case
"Tohto Tower" of course is Tokyo Tower in anything but name. It goes on to become a recurring location, implied to be very close to Beika and Haido, maybe even part of it in the world of Detective Conan.
A Crab and Whale Kidnapping Case
The kidnapper demands the money to be handed over at Karajuku Station (空宿駅 Karajuku-eki), which is a fictionalized version of Harajuku Station (原宿駅 Harajuku-eki), in real life located in the Jingumae District of Shibuya Ward in Tokyo.
The Secret of the Moon, the Star, and the Sun
Kurisuke Agasa's mansion is modeled after the "Ohana Estate" mansion in Yanagawa City, located in the Fukuoka Prefecture.
The Gathering of the Detectives! Shinichi Kudo vs. Kaitou Kid
This incarnation of the clock tower is situated in a surrounding clearly modeled after the port area of Yokohama City, even though it's still implied to be in Tokyo, which is somewhat right, considering that Yokohama is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. One can partly spot the top of the Yokohama Landmark Tower behind the two buildings to the left, as well as the silhouettes of some of Minato Mirai 21, including the sail-shaped Bay Grand InterContinental Hotel. The park in the front is based on the Yamashita Park, located in the Naka Ward of the city, even though the mansion with the clock tower seems to be fictional or based on a different model, which was placed into the park for the anime.
Momotarou Mystery Solving Tour
The "Kurashiki Tivoli Park" (倉敷チボリ公園) appearing in this episode was a real park in Kurashiki, modeled and named after Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Japanese version of the park closed in 2008.
Teimuzu River Kite Flying Case
The place Professor Hiroshi Agasa, Conan Edogawa, Ai Haibara, and the Detective Boys drive to is the Horikirimizube Park at the first block of the Horikiri District(jp) in the Katsushika Ward of Tokyo, with the Arakawa doubling as Teimuzu River in Detective Conan. The aforementioned park indeed is a popular spot for kite flying competitions in real life. The bridge sporting these distinct Y-shaped concrete pylons seen several times next to the park in the same case, on the other hand, is the Shin-Arakawa Bridge.
Lawyer Kisaki's SOS
The cinema Kogoro Mouri and Eri Kisaki go to at the end of the case is modeled after the Cinemas Q in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, in real life on the island of Kyushu.
The Kendo Tournament of Love and Mystery
The kendō tournament Heiji Hattori, Soshi Okita, and Takeshi Onimaru partake in during is organized in Tohto Gymnasium, which is based on the real Nakano Gymnasium, located at the fourth block Nakano District(jp) in the ward of the same name, Tokyo.
The Heartfelt Strap
The "Danny's" Rei Furuya, Conan Edogawa, and the Detective Boys are stopping by to eat and discuss their hunt for the phone strap is a real Denny's restaurant, the one at the first block in Yokohama's Kitayamada District in the Tsuzuki Ward (Kanagawa Prefecture), to be specific. Considering they must have passed Yokohama to reach Chiyari Station, it is a fitting location to stop.
The Darkest Nightmare
First, Aquavit is killed by Chianti while being close to the top of the CN Tower, which is situated at 301 Front Street West in the Downtown of Toronto, capital of the Ontario Province in Canada. During the aerial shot, a lot of distinctive features of Downtown Toronto can be seen, like a part of the Rogers Centre in the lower left, as well as the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, Simcoe Place and the RBC Centre skyscrapers.
Then Stout is shot by Korn on Bridge Street in the City of Westminster (Inner London) in London (England, United Kingdom). The Portcullis House is visible next to the Palace of Westminster and its famous Elizabeth Tower.
Lastly, Gin and Vodka ambush Riesling on the Museumsinsel in the Spree River in the Mitte Locality, which is part of the borough of the same name in Berlin, Germany. Vodka is standing right next to the Pergamon Museum, with a Stadtbahn bridge and the Bode Museum in the background. Afterwards, Gin is standing in front of the Friedrichs Bridge, with the Faculty of Theology of Humboldt University, the SpreePalais and the Television Tower visible.
Zero the Enforcer
Rei Furuya makes his phone call from a bay at Yokohama City, with the skyline of the harbor visible in the background.
The Metropolitan Police Academy Tokyo from Rei Furuya's manga spin-off is just that: The real Metropolitan Police Academy. It's called by its actual name and also looks the same in the manga, no renaming or anything. It's not actually in the City of Tokyo, but part of its Metropolitan Area, in the City of Fuchū.
Ekoda High School, in this incarnation of the story is very probably based on the main building (#3) on the Ekoda Campus of Musashi University, right next to the Ekoda Campus (fine arts) of Nihon University, where Gosho Aoyama and Yutaka Abe (a past mentor and current assistant of his) studied and lived, also not far away from Ekoda Station, which was close to Gosho's apartment.
Interestingly enough, building #3 was a high school once and what is the Ekoda Campus of Nihon today once housed another high school associated with the university, called Ekoda High School(jp) (also shortened as 江古田高校 (Ekoda kōkō), like the school in the manga), which closed in 1976 and is also used as a university building today. All of the mentioned campuses and buildings are located in the adjacent neighbourhoods of Asahigaoka(jp) and Toyotamakami(jp) in Nerima Ward. Ekoda High School was first used by Yutaka Abe in 100% Tantei Monogatari in 1986 (set in the same universe as Magic Kaito and made with the assistance of Gosho).
The crossroads the helicopters pass close to the end of the first chapter to catch Kaitou Kid is a real crossing in the fourth block of Ginza (Chūō Ward, Tokyo), especially identifiable by the Fujiya Store to the left.
The view would thus be to the southeast, with the helicopters in consequence flying to the northeast to reach Ono Bank (which probably was a nod to the Tokyo Bank, which indeed was located in the Nihonbashi District, to the northeast of Ginza, back then (before merging with Mitsubishi Bank and moving to Chiyoda Ward), which is supported by the fact that "Ono" was a generic placeholder word for terms with "Tokyo" and "Japan" in it, used by Gosho in the same vein as "Tohto" nowadays). Interestingly, this intersection is right next to another famous crossroads in Ginza, the one Kid did his midair walk over in Detective Conan later on.
Kaito Kuroba's route from school leads him along a river, which, based on the surroundings, looks a lot like the Arakawa or Edo Rivers and one of their Warren truss steel railway bridges, like this one, this one or this one, for example. In Chapter 2 he meets the depressed inspector Ginzo Nakamori sitting at the riverbank and cheers him up and in Chapter 19 he briefly passes the same spot again.
Gosho Aoyama lived in the Adachi Ward of Tokyo for a while, through which the Arakawa flows and several of these bridges spanning it exist - so it maybe served as the inspiration for these moments.
Kaito Kuroba and Aoko Nakamori leave one of the central gates of Ikebukuro Station (Ikebukuro District in the Toshima Ward of Tokyo) on their way from school. The train station is also named as such. A chapter later it's confirmed that the Nakamori family lives in Toshima.
A good chunk of this story revolves around a fake accouncement of Kaitou Kid appearing in Tokyo Dome, which he does, in the end. Tokyo Dome is depicted like it is in real life, situated in the Bunkyō Ward. Moreover, according to Gosho Aoyama himself, he and his editor were specifically thrilled by the scenario of Kid appearing on a pole in Tokyo Dome for a story.
The distinctive tower of the Ekoda Museum is actually based on one of three popular towers in Yokohama's Naka Ward, the clock tower of the Honcho Building, also known as "Jack's Tower", or just "The Jack".
The new morning after the night of Kaitou Kid's and Yaiba Kurogane's battle is symbolized by a caricature version of Mount Fuji, which is a real volcano on the boundary between the Prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi and within sight of Tokyo.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (also known as Keishichō) appearing from Chapter 27 onwards is the real thing from the Kasumigaseki District of Chiyoda Ward, just like it is in Detective Conan. It's real address is also given in Chapter 29 (Magic Kaito Volume 5, Chapter 1).
The unnamed museum from the very beginning of Chapter 31 (Magic Kaito Volume 5, Chapter 3) and the whole of "Sun Halo" (Chapter 6-8) is modeled after the National Museum of Nature and Science in the northeast of Ueno Park in the district of the same name, Ueno in the Taitō Ward of Tokyo.
The skyscraper in Tokyo where Kaitou Kid and Kaitou Corbeau have their duel with the organization in is modeled after the look of the Yokkaichi Portbuilding (四日市港ポートビル) in the City of Yokkaichi, in reality located in the Mie Prefecture.
The Sandei Temple is modeled after the Nageire Temple in Gosho Aoyama's home prefecture Tottori, as was also confirmed by him in his comments accompanying these chapters. The in-story explanation is that the Sandei was directly built after the image of the Nageire (which is denied by the priestess Niwano Yasuyo).
The Revived Phantom Thief
Studio AITA, which appears in several episodes since the first one, is Studio ALTA in reality, located in the south of Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo, in the third block of the district of the same name, with the Mitsubishi logo changed to "Mitsubashi".
The cable-stayed bridge partly visible on Kaito Kuroba's and Aoko Nakamori's way home seems to be modeled after the Tsubaki Sakura Bridge (辰巳桜橋), actually located in the Kōtō Ward of Tokyo and connecting the districts of Tatsumi and Shinonome across Tatsumi River.
The Princess Prefers Magic
The airport Princess Anne of Sublina arrives at is the Narita International Airport, situated on the border between the towns of Narita and Shibayama in the Chiba Prefecture, which is part of the Greater Tokyo Area.
A Witch Sheds No Tears
One shot from across the river to the Tokyo Skytree is a real spot on a promenade at the Sumida River in the Asakusa District in the Taitō Ward, right next to the Tobu Line Sumida River Bridge visible to the left. This shot also exemplifies that the skyscraper Kaitou Kid used to skate to the Skytree, neighboring it, is completely fictional.
The Splendid Rivals
The distinct tower of the Ekoda Museum in that episode, on the other hand, is based on the "Jack's Tower" in the Naka Ward of Yokohama again, just like it was in the manga (see above).
Magic Kaito 1412
The Revived Phantom Thief
This incarnation of Ekoda High School is modeled after the Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Classical Music (Tōkyō-to Sōgō Geijutsu Kōtō Gakkō) and its immediate surroundings, located in Tomihisa Town(jp) in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo.
A Temptation in Scarlet/The Adult's Charm
A Temptation in Scarlet
The place she confronts Kaitou Kid on during her time stop also is a real (and famous) crossing in the Shibuya Ward, especially identifiable by the Tsutaya Building (which was renamed "Sutaya" in the episode) to the right.
Kaito Kuroba's Busy Holiday
The incarnation of Tropical Land featured in this episode pretty much is Tokyo Disneyland in anything but name. The entrance gates and surrounding areas are almost identical and the "Mysterious House" is a dead ringer für the Haunted Mansion. The amusement park also features a castle extremely similar in architecture to the Cinderella Castle, both situated in the center of its respective parks.
The Adult's Charm
The skyscraper Kaitou Kid breaks into and tries to escape to Tokyo Tower from actually is the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Head Office Building, normally located in the skyscraper district Nishi-Shinjuku of Shinjuku Ward and not right next to the Tokyo Tower, as depicted here, which is in the Minato Ward.
The Phantom Lady and Ryoma's Treasure
Kaitou Kid returns Ryoma Sakamoto's Three Treasures to a museum which is clearly based on the Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan and its distinct bronze lions next to the entrance, who also serve as its mascot(s). In reality, it's situated in Ueno Park in the district of the same name, located in the Taitō Ward of Tokyo.
Stay Away From Him
The ski resort the Ekoda High School classes drive to is inspired by the Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort (no relation to the character of the same name) in the village of Hakuba in the aptly named "Hakuba Valley" in Nagano Prefecture.
Before we see Kaitou Kid at "work" inside the museum at the beginning of Part 1: "The Name is Phantom Thief Corbeau!", we get a shot of the Yasukuni Drive leading through the Shinjuku Ward, including the SHIDAX Building (renamed "SHIDIX" here). The museum in this anime seems to replace the real building right next to (the left of) SHIDAX.
Early in that same episode, Harry Nezu arrives in Tokyo at Haneda Airport, which is in the Ōta Ward.
The skyscraper in Tokyo where Kaitou Kid and Kaitou Corbeau have their duel with the organization in is modeled after the look of the Yokkaichi Portbuilding (四日市港ポートビル) in the City of Yokkaichi, just like it was in the manga, in real life located in the Mie Prefecture.
The unnamed jungle Yaiba Kurogane and his father live in seems to be (intentionally) highly ambigious about what jungle or even on which continent it could remotely be. Besides the rather generous surroundings, animals like Gorillas (from Sub-Saharan Africa), Tigers (having their habitat in continental Asia) and Jaguars (who usually live in Central and South America) seem to have their habitat there.
The airport Yaiba, his father Kenjuro Kurogane and their pet tiger Kategora arrive at is the real Narita International Airport on the border between the towns of Narita and Shibayama in the Chiba Prefecture, which is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. It was the biggest and most important airport serving Tokyo back then, before it was replaced in this function by Haneda Airport. They would also have to arrive in what is Terminal 1 nowadays, since Terminal 2 and 3 opened in 1992 and 2015 respectively, long after the release of this chapter.
Mount Tengu from Chapter 13-24 (Yaiba Volume 2, Chapter 4-Yaiba Volume 3, Chapter 5) Yaiba Kurogane, Kagetora and Shonosuke are abducting Sayaka Mine to and on which Miyamoto Musashi has been living for the last couple of centuries is a real mountain on the border of the cities Chino and Koumi in Nagano Prefecture.
Takeshi Onimaru forces his entry into the Kokkai-gijidō, also known as the National Diet Building of Japan in Nagata Town in the Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo to take over the government of the country and remodel the building in his image of a demon castle, which he uses throughout Chapter 17-61 (Yaiba Volume 2, Chapter 8-Yaiba Volume 7, Chapter 2). This technically makes Onimaru's castle a real building, as this, it's one of the best places to pinpoint the location of the fictional Yaoya District and the mansion of the Mine family, since it's pretty close to the castle.
Kokura Station, at which Yaiba Kurogane, Sayaka Mine, and their friends try to escape from Kojiro Sasaki to Tokyo, is a real train station in the Asano District(jp) of Kokurakita Ward in the City of Kitakyushu, situated in the Fukuoka Prefecture.
Sayaka Mine, Kagetora, Gerozaimon Geroda, and Namako-Otoko arrive in Tokyo at the Marunouichi Building of Tokyo Station (pre-renovation status), which is also named as such. Its location is the Marunouichi District in the Chiyoda Ward. They disguise themselves and instantly go to the Mine residence by foot afterwards, implying that Sayaka's home is relatively close to Marunouichi - another hint that Yaoya Town is around Chiyoda.
The luxurious home of the Kurogane family (or to be more specific, the house of Yaiba's sister Moroha and their mother Michiko) is modeled after the Palais du Luxembourg, in real life to be found at Rue de Vaugirard 15 in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
- ^ Questions given by the Shonen Sunday magazine#1994, 1994 #16, FILE.12
Playgrounds, such as public parks and amusement parks, that you recommend is "The Ishigamii park, which was near the apartment I used to live in."
translated by justwantanaccount
Note: There's just one mistake in the translation, the park in question being 石神井公園 = Shakujii Kōen (Shakujii Park), not Ishigamii Park.
- ^ Interviews#Love Conan Interview
Like… You draw that street, you draw another street… And those two are connected?-feeling?
They don’t. Tohto tower is Tokyo tower. It’s like a mix of fiction and reality.
Translation by: Yunniechan
- ^ この場所って・・・|青山剛昌ふるさと館
- ^ Interviews#Love Conan Interview
"(...) Like, when I lived at Kita Senju, I drew surroundings having it in mind."
translated by Yunniechan
Kita-Senju is a district in Adachi Ward.
- ^ Interviews#Magic Kaitou Treasured Editions: Playback Episode Interviews