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A Persona 5 Tourist in Tokyo 1 | Shibuya Locations

A Persona 5 Tourist in Tokyo | Shibuya SightsA Persona 5 Tourist in Tokyo | Shibuya Sights

Reliving 2017 gaming memories, as a Persona 5 tourist in Tokyo. Here are the P5 Shibuya Sights I visited!


‘Right. New Year celebrations are over and done with. Back to … posting pictures from my November 2018 Japan trip.

Specifically, pictures from my 48 hours of being a Persona 5 tourist!

Needless to say, this was a big part of my stay in Tokyo, with me being a big fan of P5 and all that. Weeks of feverish planning using Google Maps also ensured a mostly smooth journey throughout, although in the end I still had to skip Inokashira Park and other minor Tokyo spots because of time limitations.

Anyway, this is how I’m going to go about this mini-series, which would consist of three posts. With the game over two years old now, I think all fans are long familiar with in-game Persona 5 locations. Thus, I will not be putting up left-and-right comparison pictures.

Instead, I’d be sharing my own pictures from my trip, with a small screenshot of the corresponding P5 location in the lower right corner. As for the real-life sights, given there are so many in Persona 5, I’d be dividing this series into:

  1. Shibuya sights.
  2. Yogenjaya i.e. Sangenjaya sights.
  3. Tokyo-wide locations and attractions.

Yoshi! So much for explanations. Let’s go.


The usual. All game screenshots in this Persona 5 Shibuya sights post do not belong to me. They belong to the true master of Ren Amamiya.


Ikouze! From My Hotel to JR Shibuya Station

Starting off with this most insipid picture of me in a JR Yamanote train, because …

Resting in a JR Yamanote Train
Comfortably nested me.

I’m still in disbelief as I type this. That day, I actually found a place to sit on a Yamanote train.

A Yamanote train. The circular being one of the most crowded, most heavily used inner-city lines in the world.

What’s more, a nice corner seat with a partition to rest my head against and all that! (Like the seat the protagonist is nestled in when he gets a seat on the train) And so … I napped. I SLEPT instead of eavesdropping or diligently reading a library book. My Knowledge was therefore decisively duller for a few hours thereafter …

At Shibuya Station

After arriving at Shibuya Station, it took me less than 5 minutes to find the famed Phantom Thieves meeting spot. Actually, it was just a staircase up from the (correct) platform exit. Exactly like within Persona 5.

Persona 5 Shibuya Station Meeting Place
No Phantom Thieves gathering here today! Just tourists and Japanese salarymen shuffling by.
A Persona 5 Tourist in Tokyo | Shibuya Station Meeting Place
Oh, did I mention I had Morgana with me? As well as a Shujin Academy schoolbag?? (Passer-bys eyed me as I fumbled with these for the pictures …)

Hachikō-mae Square

After geeking over the meeting spot for around ten minutes, I made my way down to the Hachikō-mae Square. At this point, I had my wireless headphones on and was looping Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There at top volume. (The version I recorded myself) I confess I got a bit giddy as I drank in all the famous Shibuya sights and attractions replicated in P5. Hmm, actually, I believe my eyes got a little wet.

Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Station Hachikō-mae Square Entrance
The entrance/exit to Shibuya Station. Where Tokyu Departmental Store is, interestingly, renamed as Teikyu in the game.
Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Station Hachikō-mae Square Tram
Retro tram monument at the heart of the square. No crestfallen ex-politician here today. Just a certain kitty if you are looking for confidants.
Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Station Hachikō-mae Lottery Stand
The lottery stand! I thought about trying one of those scratch-cards for the kick of it. And then I totally forgot! (Although I probably wouldn’t win anything, as like in P5)
Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Station Hachikō-mae Square Mural
The outdoor mural of Hachikō-mae Square. Quite different from the one in Persona 5.

Shibuya Center Gai

Done with the Hachikō-mae Square, I scrambled over the famous Shibuya Scramble crossing to Shibuya Center Gai and investigated the:

Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Center Gai Taiseido Bookstore
The bookstore. In the game, it was renamed as Taiheido. (I didn’t buy any books! Thus a further Knowledge drop)
Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Center Gai DVD Shop
The DVD shop opposite the bookshop. (Which I hated in the game because I was consistently late in returning). I ought to highlight it’s more of a Blu-Ray, multimedia outlet now.
Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Center Gai Drugstore
A drug store further down the road. Of note, where the drugstore is in the game, is a famous men’s clothing retailer in real-life. The retailer is named Aoyama. (Versus the Aohige Drugstore in the game. “Ao” means blue in Japanese)




ShibuChika Shopping Road

As is probably quite well-known now, while there are representative similarities, the actual Shibuya Center Gai is still quite different from the version in the game. For example, there’s no crepe shop. The cinema is much further away and there’s certainly no shady weapons shop in an alley!

Musing over these differences, I slowly made my way back into the massive underground segment of Shibuya Station. First thing I strolled into was the basement shopping street, or ShibuChika Shopping Road, or as is known in the game, Shibuya Station Underground Mall. I have to say that while this Shibuya Station attraction wasn’t exactly dull, the version in Persona 5 was definitely more atmospheric.

Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | ShibuChika shopping road
ShibuChika Shopping Road isn’t as vibrant as the version in the game. But there’s still a lot of shops to look at.

Shibuya Station Underground

Exiting the shopping road, I soon found this spot.

Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Yusuke Meeting Spot
I loitered for a while. Unfortunately, no talented, aloof teenage artist turned up.

And a moment’s crawl away:

Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Station Drinks Store
I found the drinks shop! Had a banana shake, and nope, it wasn’t weird. On the contrary, it was yummy! (And so I gained no Guts upgrade …)

While slurping, I came across this. The arubaito stand.

Persona 5 Shibuya Sights | Shibuya Station Job Stand
Is there any vacancy for shop helpers? Or kombini clerks?

That’s all for Persona 5 real-life Shibuya Sights! In my next post, I’d be sharing pictures from Ren Amamiya’s homeground i.e. Yongenjaya. Known in real-life as Sangenjaya.
(Check out my visit to Osaka’s Persona 5: The Animation Cafe too!)


Read my other Video Game Tourist posts.

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Shibuya Sights: A Persona 5 Tourist in Tokyo 1
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Shibuya Sights: A Persona 5 Tourist in Tokyo 1
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Reliving splendid gaming memories of 2017, by being a Persona 5 tourist in Tokyo for 48 hours. Here are the Shibuya Sights I visited!
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

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