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Detective Conan is adored worldwide. In Japan, there is an amusement park where fans can enjoy attractions related to the manga and various locations that inspired the settings in the anime films. This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters!

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The World of Conan: Follow in the Footsteps of Your Favorite Characters

Detective Conan is idolized worldwide. Shinichi Kudo, a high school student detective, was transformed into an elementary school child by the Black Organization. He now lives with the Mouri family while solving crimes.

The comic has exceeded 270 million copies, and an anime television series premiered in 1996.

Animated feature films, starting with "Detective Conan: The Time Bombed Skyscraper" (1997), have also been produced annually. The latest, "The Million Dollar Pentagram," will be released in April 2024.

This article is for fans planning a Conan-themed trip, with a selection of eight recommended spots to visit. Don't miss the information about the new movie at the end!

Detective Conan: 8 Locations Related to the Story

1. Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory in Tottori
2. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
3. Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo
4. Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo
5. Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo
6. Hachijo Island in Tokyo
7. Togetsu-kyo Bridge and Arashiyama in Kyoto
8. Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka
Events in 2024
9. Detective Conan: The Million Dollar Pentagram
10. Conan Cafe

1. Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory in Tottori

Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

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Gosho Aoyama, the Japanese manga artist for Detective Conan, hails from Hokuei Town in Tottori Prefecture. This facility, located in his hometown, opened in 2007. It is situated next to a roadside station (*), and the admission fee is 700 yen for adults.

Mr. Aoyama's personal history, copies of original drawings, and an exhibition where visitors can take photographs with 3D images of the characters are displayed inside.

There is also Conan Street in Hokuei, so taking a walk after visiting the factory might be fun.

*Roadside station: a roadside facility furnished with markets, eateries, and restrooms.

Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory
Address: Tottori, Tohaku, Hokuei, Yurashuku 1414
Business Hours: 9:30-17:30
Official Website: https://www.gamf.jp/english/

2. Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

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There are various attractions related to Detective Conan at Universal Studios Japan (USJ).

Visitors can enjoy an escape room and an amusement ride. They can also dine at a restaurant while solving a mystery.

Detective Conan 4-D Live Show: Jewel Under the Starry Sky, opening on March 22, 2024, is an immersive attraction that will keep the audience glued to their seats in front of the enormous screen.

Universal Studios Japan
Address: Osaka, Konohana, Sakurajima 2-1-33
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00 (The time is subject to change.)
Official Website: https://www.usj.co.jp/web/en/us

USJ Tickets Available at Klook

3. Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo

The Rainbow Bridge, which connects the districts of Shibaura and Odaiba in Tokyo's Minato City, appears in the anime film "Zero the Enforcer" (2018).

In the movie, an intergovernmental forum will be held in the Tokyo Bay area. An explosion goes off, and Kogoro Mouri, the heroine's father, is arrested. But Kogoro was framed by Tohru Amuro.

Amuro did it so that Conan would investigate the case. In the end, he faces the fact that the Public Service Bureau, an organization to which he belongs, was the cause of the incident.

Rainbow Bridge

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Tohru Amuro is a popular character. In fact, Tohru Furuya, the voice actor, played Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam. The name Tohru Amuro was made up of Amuro Ray and Tohru Furuya.

In the movie, Amuro crosses the Rainbow Bridge riding a Matsuda FD RX-7.

There is a walkway on the bridge, so those who feel fit enough should try crossing it on foot instead of riding the Yurikamome Line.

Rainbow Bridge
Located in Tokyo's Minato City
Official Website https://www.shutoko.co.jp/en/index/driving/explore/rainbowbridge/

4. Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo

Conan Sacred Sites

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"The Time Bombed Skyscraper" (1997) was the first anime film produced after the television series gained popularity.

The plot revolves around the lovers, Shinichi Kudo (Conan) and Ran Mouri, a day before Shinichi's birthday. Trying to stop a series of bombing incidents, they head for the Beika City Building, where an inferno is raging.

Conan Sacred Sites

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It is said that Ebisu Garden Place inspired the design of the Beika City Building. Ran believed that she and Shinichi were meant for each other, and this belief prevented another bomb detonation. Ebisu Garden Place is a spot to enjoy that romantic feeling.

In the television series episode aired on January 12, 2019, Ran and Shinichi officially became lovers, and fans commented on Twitter (X).

Ebisu Garden Place
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Ebisu 4-20
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00 (The time varies by the shops.)
Official Website: https://gardenplace.jp

5. Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo

Compared to other films, "The Darkest Nightmare" (2016) is filled with action scenes.

The main characters, Tohru Amuro (Public Service Bureau) and Shuichi Akai (FBI) try to hunt down an undercover agent in the Metropolitan Police Department.

A female character pursued by Amuro and Akai arrives at Tohto Aquarium. There is a Ferris wheel at the facility, which many fans believe was inspired by Kasai Rinkai Park.

Conan Sacred Sites

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Akai once infiltrated the Black Organization, posing as Rye. His partner happened to be Amuro, who was called Bourbon. Amuro strongly despises Akai, so there is tension between the two.

The name Shuichi Akai, as is the case with Tohru Amuro, has an interesting backstory.

Shuichi Ikeda, the voice actor of Akai, played Char Aznable in Mobile Suit Gundam. Char's nickname was "akai suisei" (red comet), so this character became Shuichi Akai.

There is an aquarium and a Ferris wheel in the vast grounds of Kasai Rinkai Park, where visitors can have fun all day.

Kasai Rinkai Park
Address: Tokyo, Edogawa, Rinkai, Roku-chome
The park is open year-round
Official Website: https://honyaku.j-server.com/LUCTMPA/ns/tl.cgi/https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/kasairinkai/index.html?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XJSID=0

6. Hachijo Island in Tokyo


"Black Iron Submarine" (2023) is about Ai Haibara (Sherry), who fled the Black Organization. The film is set on the island of Hachijo-jima Island, Tokyo.

In this thriller, the facial recognition system employed by Pacific Buoy, a facility off the island coast, is used to hunt Haibara.

Conan Sacred Sites

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Hachijo-jima is one of the nine isles in the Izu Islands, off the south coast of Tokyo. Contrary to its location, the islands are administratively a part of Tokyo.

Visitors can enjoy marine activities, such as snorkeling, diving, SUP, and surfing on the island.

Hachijo-jima
Address: Tokyo, Hachijo-jima, Hachijo.
Official Website: https://www.hachijo.gr.jp

7. Togetsukyo Bridge and Arashiyama in Kyoto

In "The Crimson Love Letter" (2017) set in Kyoto, Conan and Heiji Hattori are drawn into a case that involves Hyakunin Isshu.

Hyakunin Isshu, an anthology of 100 waka (poem) by 100 poets, became popular in the 16th century after being used in a karuta (card) game.

Conan Sacred Sites

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While the Togetsukyo Bridge only appears briefly in the movie, the main theme song is titled "Togetsukyo: Kimi Omou." The song is sung by Mai Kuraki and plays an important part in the melancholic tale.

In the movie, the characters board a roofed pleasure boat and even enjoy a river cruise.

Togetsukyo Bridge
Address: Kyoto, Ukyo, Saga Tenryuji Susukino Baba 1-5
Official Website: https://kyoto.travel/en/other_attractions/112.html

8. Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka

Conan Sacred Sites

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Tsutenkaku Tower, located in Osaka, appears in "The Last Wizard of the Century" (1999).

In this movie, Kaito Kid tries to steal a treasure from the House of Romanov, the last dynasty in Russia, guarded by Kogoro Mouri, Ran, Conan, and Heiji Hattori.

Conan Sacred Sites

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In the opening scene, Kid stands at the top of Tsutenkaku, and declares "Ladies and Gentlemen! The show begins!"

The tower, an Osaka icon, has an observatory and hosts various attractions.

Since the observatory can be chartered, it might be fun to enjoy an exclusive view of Osaka.

Tsutenkaku Tower
Address: Osaka, Naniwa, Ebisu Higashi 1-18-6
Business Hours: 10:00-20:00
Official Website: https://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp

9. Detective Conan: The Million Dollar Pentagram

A new anime movie, "The Million Dollar Pentagram," will be released on April 12, 2024.

In the opening scene, it is revealed that Kaito Kid is plotting to steal a sword related to Hijikata Toshizo (*) in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The sword is also tied to a murder case, which summons Conan and Heiji Hattori.

Set in Hokkaido, the new movie should be an exciting tale.

*Hijikata Toshizo: Born 1835, he was the adjutant of the Shinsengumi, a group of swordsmen supporting the Tokugawa shogunate. In the end, he died in battle in Hakodate on 1869.

10. Conan Cafe

Conan Cafe

Picture courtesy of PR Times (Japanese)

Celebrating the release of "The Million Dollar Pentagram," the Detective Conan Cafe 2024 opens on March 29, 2024.

There will be 10 cafes in seven prefectures (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Aichi, Osaka, Miyagi, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka), serving dishes related to Conan in the image of a garden party.

The cafes in Tokyo, Aichi, and Osaka will be open until July 21, while the other cafes close in June. After enjoying the world of Conan, why not go on a trip to the locations that appeared in the movies?

Main image courtesy of PR Times (Japanese)

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