Do you want to know the location of the red stairs where Taki and Mitsuha meet each other?
You are in the right place.
* I will also tell you where you can watch Kimi No Na Wa, keep reading.
Created by Makoto Shinkai, Kimi No Na Wa (君の名は ) or better known as Your Name is the highest grossing anime movie in the world.
That’s right, it made more money than Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli.
Thanks to the boom of Kimi No Na Wa in 2016, anime pilgrimage has had its rebirth. Many folks start to visit the real-life locations that Makoto Shinkai used to create Your Name.
Regardless if you are a fan or not of Your name (Kimi No Na Wa), I recommend this tour as it is a great way to visit Yotsuya in Tokyo.
Around 1:15:30 minutes into the movie, in the train, Mitsuha meets Taki just before arriving at Yotsuya station.
Before reaching Yotsuya station, Mitsuha gives Taki a red bracelet.
If you want to relive the exact moment, you can go to the Shinjuku JR station (green) and take the Chuo-Sobu Line or Chuo Line (Rapid) JR line to Yotsuya station (only one stop on the Chuo Rapid line). In the movie Mitsuha and Taki ride the Chuo-Sobu Line towards Chiba.
* The JR Pass is valid for the mentioned route.
Yotsuya Station, date with Miki Okudera
At the Yotsuya station, Taki has a date with Miki and the meeting point is outside the station.
Note: If you are catholic, next to the Yotsuya station is the church of St. Ignatius, a major church in the catholic community of Tokyo. There is mass in English at 10 am and in Spanish at 1:30 pm every Sunday.
After going to the Yotsuya station, the next stop is the apartment where Taki lives. It is 9 minutes by foot from the station.
The view from Taki’s apartment appears many times in the film but the image of the building is never shown.
And in case you were wondering, Taki lives on the 6th floor and if you want to live in that apartament the rent is 130,000 yen (1,162 USD) per month.
Address: 〒160-0011 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Wakaba, 1 Chome−22-15 離宮ハイム
Thanks to user infinitezenith, who was the first to discover the location of the building.
Red stairs where Mitsuha and Taki meet
After you visit Taki’s apartment, the last stop is the Suga Shrine where the red stairs featured in the movie are located.
It takes 8 minutes by foot from Taki’s apartment to the stairs.
Taki was on the train using the Yamanote Line (Yoyogi to Harajuku) and Mitsuha using the Sobu Line (Yoyogi to Sendagaya).
After much running, they ran into each other at the red stairs.
On April 8 (date described in the manga) of 2022, Mitsuha and Taki meet each other.
Here I leave you some photos comparing how the place looks in the anime and in real life.
These stairs are so famous that even the famous youtuber Pewdiepie went to visit them.
Address: 〒160-0018 東京都新宿区須賀町５番地
Before finishing this post I would like to answer the following question.
Where does Mitsuha live?
Mitsuha lives in Itomori but the name is fictitious and no such town exists in real life.
Some fans believe that if the town existed it would be located near the Nagarehayama mountain within the Gifu prefecture.
In case you are asking, the comet Tiamat, who was the author of the accident in Itomori, is not real either.
Bonus: Where can I watch Kimi No Na Wa?
You can see it on Netflix and at the time of writing this post it is available in the following countries:
Random fact: 5 centimeters per second is another famous movie by Makoto Shinkai.
Personally, I enjoyed walking to the real-life locations of Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa). One of the many reasons for the success of this film is that Makoto Shinkai associated fantasy with reality (coincidentally our mission here at MIPON).
The stairs are one of the most emblematic places within the anime pilgrimage community.
If you liked the work created by Master Shinkai (a.k.a. New Miyazaki), you have to walk there and take a picture on those stairs.
I highly recommend you go!
Don’t forget that Makoto Shinkai is directing a new movie called Weathering With You (Tenki no ko). The movie just came out (July 19th)!!