Takagi-san anime’s real-life location inspired by Tonosho village, Japan
It turns out that this anime in real life is very much inspired by the village of Tonosho, the birthplace of the author, Yamamoto-san
2 Mar 2022
Takagi-san anime poster
Takagi-san anime poster

The manga and anime Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sōichirō Yamamoto.

The series features the daily life of Takagi, who likes to tease his classmate Nishikata.

Writer and illustrator Sōichirō Yamamoto was born and raised in the city of Tonosho in Shōdoshima, an island part of Kagawa Prefecture in Japan.

In this article it will be clear if it turns out, Yamamoto really made his birthplace and hometown the location inspiration for the Teasing Master Takagi-san anime/manga story.

Yanagi Street

The streets of Yanagi are the setting or locations in real life where the protagonists Takagi and Nishikata often walk together when going to and from school.

Takagi-san anime setting inspired by Street in Yanagi, Tonosho in real life
Takagi-san anime setting inspired by Street in Yanagi, Tonosho in real life

Tonosho School

The protagonists Takagi and Nishikata are told to be in middle school. It turns out that the school in Takagi-san's manga/anime story is almost completely inspired by the school in Tonosho village.

Takagi-san's anime setting is inspired by the real world Tonosho school
Takagi-san's anime setting is inspired by the real world Tonosho school
Tonosho school's front yard in real life, became the inspiration for the anime Takagi-san
Tonosho school's front yard in real life, became the inspiration for the anime Takagi-san

Yawata Bridge

Yawata Bridge is also the real-world inspiration for Takagi-san's anime and manga. This bridge often appears as a setting and location when protagonists Takagi and Nishikata walk together on their way to and from school.

Yawata Bridge in real life is Takagi-san's anime inspiration
Yawata Bridge in real life is Takagi-san's anime inspiration

Alley near Olive village

The gang that the protagonists Takagi and Nishikata walk together is also almost completely based on a real life location in Olive village, Tonosho, Japan

Similar: Anime (above) and real-world locations (below) the anime Takagi-san
Similar: Anime (above) and real-world locations (below) the anime Takagi-san

Kashimamyo Shrine

In the manga and anime, Takagi and Nishikata sometimes visit shrines to pray. Turns out this is based on Kashimamyo Shrine in real life. The illustrations of this Kashimamyo shrine in the anime and in real life are very similar!

Similar: Anime location (above) and in real world (bottom) Kashimamyo Shrine in the anime Takagi-san
Similar: Anime location (above) and in real world (bottom) Kashimamyo Shrine in the anime Takagi-san

Angel Road Beach

During summer vacation, protagonists Takagi and Nishikata and other school friends often visit the beach. In Takagi-san's story, if two couples cross this beach together, they will be destined to love each other forever 💘.

It turns out that this beach was also inspired by Angel Road Beach in the village of Tonosho in real life. Even the visuals are very similar.

Angel Road Beach is the inspiration for Takagi-san's real life location
Angel Road Beach is the inspiration for Takagi-san's real life location

Tonosho Tourist Center

If you are visiting the city of Tonosho, stop by the tourist center of Tonosho. The Tonosho tourist center offers a physical copy of this map, which shows and provides a guide where you find many of the real-world locations that inspired Takagi-san's anime.

Tonosho map Takagi-san anime guide 🗺

Tonosho map Takagi-san anime guide
Tonosho map Takagi-san anime guide

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