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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.
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- 31 See also
- 32 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)
The "Tenkaichi Festival" in Saitama which Conan Edogawa, Ran and Kogoro Mouri go to is based on the Gozan no Okuribi, also known as "Daimonji", in Kyoto, which is also mentioned by Conan during the case.
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 residence is based on a combination of two buildings from Yamagata University, taking the bulk of the main building, including the porch, and basing the central part of it on the middle of the Kyoiku Shiryokan.
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.
Shortly after that, the protagonists meet up at the Marunouichi Building of Tokyo Station (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo), which is also named as such. Interestingly, it's the pre-renovation version of the train station (2007 and earlier), which is probably the case because it was still getting rebuilt at the time the chapter was made/released (May 2012, with renovations ending in October of 2012), so that Gosho Aoyama and his assistants just had the option to base it on reference photos of the older building.
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.
- ^ 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