[Anime Culture Monday] Honey's Anime Hot Spot – Suga Shrine

Suga-Shrine-jinjya-Wallpaper-1-667x500 [Anime Culture Monday] Honey's Anime Hot Spot – Suga Shrine

In an obscure and quiet part of Shinjuku, fans of the hit movie Your Name are making their way down the crisscrossing streets in search of an iconic location. Though the rest of the area looks like any other residential street, upon reaching the Suga Shrine, you can see it—the steps from the final scene of the film! It can be a bit of a walk to find the exact location, and you might overlook it if you’re not careful. Hopefully, with our advice, you’ll be able to find the staircase with ease, to complete a pilgrimage in honor of Your Name!


Suga Shrine Info

Location 5 Sugacho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0018

The closest station is the Yotsuya- Sanchome stop at Tokyo Metro Station, which leaves you with about a 5-minute walk down some residential streets. When you get to the shrine, the steps are to the right of the main entrance, past an empty square lot.

Cost of Admission Free
Hours of Operation Anytime (though if you’re planning on taking the train you will want to make sure you go during the hours it is running!)

The Experience

As a rather important point in the film, the steps at Suga Shrine have become a favorite spot for anime fans to travel to, if only just to take pictures and relive the emotions from those final scenes. As such, there are very few times when people are not at the shrine, since Your Name is such a popular movie!

The steps stretch upward for about three flights and can seem like they are towering over you when you stand at the bottom. From the top of them, you can see the street winding down quite a bit. Though Your Name did change the scenery of the surrounding setting some, it is obvious when you see these stairs that they are the exact ones seen at the end of the film. After you’ve enjoyed the steps for a bit, be sure to pay respects at the actual shrine over to the left of the top of the stairs.

The Suga Shrine was built in the early Edo period and holds a festival here every June. Obviously, since anime fans have started trekking out to the stairs nearby, the shrine has seen a marked increase in the number of worshippers stopping by. The neighborhood surrounding the shrine was also seen in the movie, so if you walk around a bit, perhaps you will see other things you recognize!


Additional info

The area around the shrine is mostly residential but if you return to the train station, there is a fire museum nearby. The museum is free and showcases the early days of fire departments with an interactive section as well. Right around the corner is a toy museum that is also quite interesting, especially for those with younger kids.

If you walk a little further down the street from the train station, you will find the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which is a beautiful and large area with three different types of gardens on one large estate. It’s easy to spend a few hours enjoying the scenery here, especially during the cherry blossom season!

Once you get near the gardens, there are a lot more food options, especially on the main street. You can find pretty much anything you’re craving in the area, from ramen to sushi. There are also a few small stores and bakeries here and there if you’re feeling a bit hungry on your walk over to the shrine.


Final Thoughts

All in all, Suga Shrine’s steps are one of the best places to visit if you’re a fan of Your Name! The area can be difficult to navigate, but since this location is one of the most iconic scenes from the film, it is definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on being near Shinjuku. It’s a relatively painless and free trip that we’re sure you will love if you love Your Name. The memories you make from visiting here will be ones you keep with you forever!

We hope you enjoyed our look at the Suga Shrine! If you’ve visited any of the Your Name real-life locations, let us know in the comments section below. And for more great anime locations to visit in Japan, stay tuned to us here at Honey’s Anime!

Suga-Shrine-jinjya-Wallpaper-1-667x500 [Anime Culture Monday] Honey's Anime Hot Spot – Suga Shrine

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Author: Meghan May Dellinger

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