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Make your Arashi trip to Japan 
10th-Jul-2007 02:10 am
Sho - Scarf
last edited 2007.08.13

I've decided to share my "Arashi's pelegrinage" (there's no other word XDDDD) maps and information, because, yes, I'm planning my trip to Japan LIKE CRAZY! Because I don't want to lose a single second when I'm there, So I've planned pretty much everything I really wanted to do . Take apart the "going to Arashi's concert", there's also a hell lot of set location I want to go, because it will feel awesome to say "They were there" or "Geez, I feel I'm in a drama XDDDD" (and it's a fun way to visit Tokyo anyway, as I'll take opportunity to visit around at the same time of course, so why not do two things at once *saving time and money \o/*)

So I started one month and a half ago, and it was really reaaaaaaaaally fun. Google Earth is loooooooove!!!
This post is mainly for me to keep track of things when i'm in Japan (even if I'm going to print every maps), but as it was a lot of work, and I know some people are going to Japan this summer (some in only few days, ne anthalie9? X3), I thought it might be of some interest to them.
And anyway, maybe you'll go to Japan next year, or in two years for Arashi's 10th year celebration... or in 25 years, as a commemoration, when all of Sho's my kids would have graduated from Keio and when Nino will finally start looking 25 years old XD~ And you'll be like "Oooooh my youuuuuth, Japan, Arashi!!!! My youuuuuuth"

...hum I'm getting lost...

Anyway, the following includes detailed Google maps of "How to go here and there", with many references, maps themselves are detailed, just click the big blue things and a big bubble will appear with pictures (of the said place when I could find one and screenshots of the movie/drama), informations and links (maybe some random comment XDDD), and most often, it also includes the location of the nearest train/subway Station (with a Wikipedia link (Japanese, or English when there is one), mostly useful because it lists all the lines going through that station).
As a help to go to the said train station, you'll definitely need to use this awesome site (just enter your departure station (romanji), and the one you want to go to, and it will give you different ways to get there, according to your budget and time *yeah planning like crazy*)

Example:


(don't freak out because you're seeing French, the screencap was made while I was logged in on Google Maps, and of course i've set it to French, but when you'll use the links, you'll get in English (or whatever the language you've set it to if you're logged in)

All those maps where done according to this absolutely great Japanese website, other where done according to careful watching of the movies/drama (mainly for all the locations of Pikanchi and some of Kisarazu Cat's Eye) (I must say that was greatly fun XDDDD), with the great help of Wikipedia List of railway stations in Japan *lifesaver*

Of course, all of the below are a few selection of many many other set locations. Some are not even in Tokyo, and I will only stick there (only exception for Kisarazu Cat's Eye of course XD~), so I had to choose where I really wanted to go.

Oh it also includes non-set locations, but interesting places Arashi fans will want to go definitely (like Aiba's mum restaurant X3 )

And even if you're not going to Japan right now, it's tremendously fun to watch the location on Google Earth (or maybe am I the only one to think that XD), and I remember at one point I stupidly thought "OMG, that place is REAL!" XDDDD That's dumb but that's the feeling you get X3)


Pikanchi set locationsCollapse )

Hana yori Dango set locationsCollapse )

Kisarazu Cat's Eye set locationsCollapse )

Yamada Taro Monogatari set locationsCollapse )

Haikei, Chichiue-sama set locationsCollapse )

Bambino set locationsCollapse )

Nobuta wo Produce set locationsCollapse )


Aiba's mum restaurantCollapse )

Johnny's Shop in HarajukuCollapse )

Keio UniversityCollapse )

Yes I'm seriously going to take pictures like crazy XDDDD Ah and a good point of all this work was that I feel like I know Tokyo like my pocket @_x (even if it's NOT the case XDDDD), I'm familiar with all the districts and train stations, that really stressed me down considerably! Because I know that when I'll get there, I won't freack out and will know where I'm going (a little "xxx wa doko desu ka???" will get me there anyway XD~) I even worked on my Kanjis because everything on Google Map plans are in Japanese (that was mainly to find "WHAT THE HELL IS THE NAME OF THAT TRAIN STATION!?" XD~)

Oh yeah, and I'll add again, I'm in Tokyo from August 21st until September 5th, so if anybody wants to hang out with me and go to those set locations, you're very welcome ^0^

Warning: This post is subject to change, because obviously, I'm still planning on my travel, and I might add some locations, anyway, I think people will find use in this post when they will go to Japan (which I hope will happen to everyone ^0^)
Comments 
10th-Jul-2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this is a huge help!;D I'm doing my own planning with Google Maps, so this will save me some timeXDD Thanks a lot for sharing, and I will be in Tokyo from the 25th to Sept. 1st, it would be great to meet up:)
10th-Jul-2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
I want to marry GoogleMap <3

Oooh let's do that, let's do that!!!

As for my book days, 25 and/or 26, I'll be going to A-Nation to see Ayumi Hamasaki (among others), and on the 30th, I'll be in Hamamatsu for Arashi concert, so any other day is fine with me ^^

I'll leave you my mail anyway, because this will be the best only way to contact me in Japan: winkywebmistress [@] gmail.com
10th-Jul-2007 08:17 am (UTC)
omg, thanks! ^^'
I think this post will be usefull for my holydays in japan! ^_^;;
(I was going to search for Aiba's resturant ^^')
10th-Jul-2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
That's great then, I'm so happy this post has become of some use \o/

I hope you'll have fun in Japan!
10th-Jul-2007 08:19 am (UTC)
I didn't start to search all the places! Thank you so much! I have to print and save your post! Otsukaresama deshita! :3
google maps is in kanji.. it seems hard to find the places, thank you T___T
10th-Jul-2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Aaah Tenjo-chan, I'm so happy this can help you and make you save some time ^^

The trick with the kanji station was that I searched using my Japan guide with the map of Tokyo and all the station are written in romanji on it of course. Then on google Map, I just zoomed out a lot to see where the station was approximatively (it's easy to locate places in Tokyoon Google Maps, because you've got the big Tokyo Bay and lots of gardens to help, you know where you're going), then zoomed in progressively and matched it with my Japan guide. Then I checked on Wikipedia if the Kanji and romanji were matching ^^ (and when you've done that on many afternoons, you'll start remembering the main kanji (especially Shinagawa, as they were kanjis I knew), and which district is where. So I became faster and faster at it ^^ )
10th-Jul-2007 09:19 am (UTC)
awesome. thanks for the info. been planning my own trip to japan too, so this may prove to be very useful. thanks!
10th-Jul-2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Arigatou! I hope it will make you save some time and that you'll enjoy it ^0^y
10th-Jul-2007 10:30 am (UTC)
added this entry to my memories... ohh... this would be of great help in the future... thanks for the info. :)
10th-Jul-2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Arigatou, hope it will help your travel in Japan and mlake it memorable ^^
10th-Jul-2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
OH WINKYCHAN!! YOU ARE TRULY SO AWESOME!!!

I wish I could to Japan right now *__*
10th-Jul-2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
ROOOOFL!!!! Ayisse-chan, was it organized enough for you? XDDDDDD

Hope you'll go to Japan soon ^^
10th-Jul-2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
ahh! Thank you~ I was looking for something like this! I've added this entry to my memories.

Oh, will you be updating your blog during your japan trip? If so, mind if I friend you? I love travel blogs <3
10th-Jul-2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
I will surely be updating my blog while I'm in Japan, I don't know ho often, I think there is internet access in the hotel I'll be in (and anyway, there are tons of Cyber/Manga Cafe in Japan), I don't know how often, it will depend on time and such, but I will DEFINITELY update the day after Arashi's concert XDDDD

Anyway I've planned a big gigantisc post once I return home (because I will keep a daily journal with me to remember that wonderful travel)

Of course you can friend me, I've just added you back ^^
11th-Jul-2007 12:59 am (UTC)
OMG.
u are really great.
thank for the so much info!

i still looking for a chance to go japan to attend arashi concert and travel around like what you planning to !

11th-Jul-2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Arigatou ^^

I hope you'll make your dream come true ^^
11th-Jul-2007 05:58 am (UTC)
lol i'll look back on this when i get there ^____^ and i'd be sure to take LOTS of pictures of these places and i'd spaz saying "they were here!!!" too ^___^ lol

thanks for sharing these locations with us ^____^
11th-Jul-2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Let's spaz, let's spaz, this will be the best vacations XDDDD

Hope you will have fun ^^y
11th-Jul-2007 11:00 am (UTC)
ARGH!! I came back from Tokyo yesterday =_= I went to find places from Dear Father but I couldn't find it T_T buuuu now it's too late~~~ next time maybe, if there will be next time. But genius idea!!! You're GREAT!
11th-Jul-2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
OMG!!!! orz
I really hope you'll get back there soon then! Hope you had a great travel *0*
11th-Jul-2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
That's really cool! I'm also going to Japan this summer but since I won't be alone or with fellow Arashi fans (the guys I'm going with hate Arashi ><) I'll just wish I can find these locations as we tour Tokyo. I guess since we're going to Roppongi I can find Baccanale at least! I'm goinna be in Japan from August 2nd until August 12th but I'm gonna stay in Tokyo just for 3-4 days. I'm gonna have to give up the Johnny's store as well but I'll try to go to the one in Osaka since I'm staying there longer. But I'm not a very patient person and if I'm going to wait alone in line(I don't mind waiting with company)I'd rather not go (I'll save tons of money if I do). These maps are really helpful though! Next time I'll be going ti Japan with fellow fans so I'll paying attention to them! XD
12th-Jul-2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Can't you go to Harajuku too? That's a must-go place in Tokyo (especially on Sunday mornings, lots of cosplayers in the park), surely you can hand out there and take some pics of the Pikanchi set locations and then go shopping with your friends.

I hope you wilkl have a marvelous time in Japan ^^
11th-Jul-2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
OMG!! *-*

Thanks a lot, winkychan *-*~

I'm saving your post, because I HAVE TO GO to Japan in 2009!!! \o\

It's Arashi 10 years *-*~~
12th-Jul-2007 08:24 am (UTC)
HAI HAI HAI!!! We must all go in Japan in 2009!!! I don't know if I will be able to go back to Japan next summer, but I'll definitely go in summer 2009 for Arashi big 10th year celebration concert!!!!
12th-Jul-2007 07:16 am (UTC)
u did a GREAT job on finding those locations..=)that will definitely help because i'm planning to go to Japan this december..so, if u are coming around that time, maybe we can hangout together..^^seriously, thanx!!

*i'll save this!!
12th-Jul-2007 08:26 am (UTC)
I really don't think I can make it back to Japan so early @_x (definitely won't have the money anymore XDDDDDD )
Have a great time there, at least you won't have to suffer Japan's hot and wet summer orz!!!!
12th-Jul-2007 10:29 am (UTC)
WInkichan !!!!!!
your trip looks sooo funny!!!I wanna go with you.....ToT can you please take me in your luggage...I don't live so far from CDG...what?!no way!I'm not too heavy!uso da yo!! lol ~~
have fun !!! and please take looooooots of pics! ok? ahaha ~~~<3
12th-Jul-2007 10:52 am (UTC)
ANAIS-CHAAAAAAAAAAN!!! <3
I want to take you with me in my lugguage T0T *sob sob*

DON'T WORRY I'LL TAKE BILLIONS OF PICTUUUUUUUURES!!!!!
12th-Jul-2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
HOMG! *______* <3 I love you. XDD ♥ This is pure genius. *________* ♥♥♥

Now I'd know what to do 2 years from now. \0\

AndanotherHOMG! You're going to a/many? con(s)? *__* That's so cool. XDDDDD You're gonna have the best time of your life. *0*/ KYAA. I'm so happy for you. XDD

And. Uhm. I hope you don't mind, but I'm gonna add you now. ♥ So that I won't seem like I'm such a stalker. *LOL* ♥

Hello, again. :D ♥
12th-Jul-2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Love you too XDD ♥

You're going for the 10th year celebration??? ME TOOOOO!!!! Hope we can make a huge fan meeting there \o/

Yep, I've got a ticket for only one concert (that's already awesome enough like this XD), Hamamatsu, August 30th, 6:30PM, JUN'S BIRTHDAYYYYYY \ooooooo/
This will surely be the best day of my life (Valentine's day with Nino might be second best XDDDD)

OF COURSE YOU CAN ADD ME!!! I was going to ask you anyway, just added you back ^0^

Have a nice day ♥
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