November 15, 2017

The Haruki Murakami Travel Guide

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Haruki Murakami, whose works have been translated into dozens of languages, is one of Japan's most famous authors, and his novels feature many real locales in and around Tokyo. Let's hit the streets and trace Murakami's literary legacy.



Rokujigen A book cafe located in Ogikubo run by Kunio Nakamura, a huge fan of Murakami. Features a collection of Murakami translations from around the world. Popular with fans from both in and outside Japan.


Sangenjaya Expressway Emergency Exit This emergency stairway on Tokyo's Shuto Expressway Route 3 in Sangenjaya is the place where 1Q84's female protagonist enters the parallel world of the novel.


Shibuya Love Hotel Street This street, which runs between Shibuya's Dogenzaka and Maruyama-cho neighborhoods, is filled with by-the-hour love hotels, and is the setting for Murakami's After Dark.


Waseda University This top Tokyo university, Murakami's alma mater, also served as the setting for Norwegian Wood.


Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine A shrine located in Sendagaya, where Murakami lived in the late 70s and early 80s. Some parts have been standing since the year 860. It's said Murakami enjoyed the peaceful, verdant atmosphere.


Book House Yu A bookstore in Sendagaya. Featuring a Haruki Murakami corner with one-of-a-kind memorabilia, this store attracted fans from far and wide. Closed November 2017.

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1) Rokujigen
Address: 2F, 1-10-3 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku
2) Sangenjaya Expressway Emergency Exit
3) Shibuya Love Hotel Street
4) Waseda University
Address: 1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku
5) Hatonomori Hachiman Shrine
Address: 1-1-24 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
6) Book House Yu
Address: 1-21-4 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku


Koenji Jido Koen
Address: 1-15-2 Koenji-kita, Suginami-ku
Address: 2-22-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku


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Daum Kim

Republic of Korea
Student in Keio University
When did you first come to Japan?:
September 2015
Reason for coming to Japan:
Being Korean girl raised in China for 10 years, I desire to broaden my horizons and develop myself into an expert of Asia. Japan is one of the most developed countries in Asia, thus I exhibited a strong desire to discover more about Japan. Currently studying in Keio University, I've been enjoying learning about unique Japanese cultures and discovering the hidden gems in Tokyo. Now being Korean, Chinese and Japanese, I dream to bridge these three nations together.
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Matthew Chozick

United States of America
Television personality, actor, publisher, professor, writer
When did you first come to Japan?:
Moved to Tokyo in late 2007 after a couple of short stints in the early 2000s.
Reason for coming to Japan:
Fascination with Japanese contemporary film, literature, art, psychology, etc. Also to do graduate research in Japanese literature while helping promote cultural exchange.