Visit sites in Japan where the Gokusen J-drama was filmed!
If you're a fan of the Gokusen live-action TV series, I'm sure you'd like to visit the places that Yankumi, Sawada Shin, and all your favorite characters were in, am I right? I certainly would. That's why I compiled all these Gokusen filming locations for season 1 - so fans like you can relive every unforgettable scene in the successful Japanese drama.
Please read on and do keep this Gokusen filming location guide handy for the next time you go on a trip to Japan.
Photo credit: screen shots from Gokusen Jdrama
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Gokusen JDrama / TV Series - A brief backgrounder on the popular Japanese drama series
Gokusen or Gokudo no Sensei is a manga series by Kozueko Morimoto that has been translated into a live-action TV drama. The series first aired in 2002 and stars Japanese actress Yukie Nakama in the title role. It was so successful that TV specials, two more seasons (aired in 2005 and 2008), and a movie in 2009 followed.
Kumiko Yamaguchi (or Yankumi as her students have nicknamed her) happens to be the heir to the Oedo Yakuza family and the granddaughter of the leader. She applies as a teacher at an all-male private high school but she gets assigned to a class of delinquents. The story revolves around her experiences as she tries her hardest to give them lessons in both academics and in life. She is careful not to reveal her Yakuza background but her unusual upbringing ends up becoming instrumental and influential in the way she handles her rowdy students. Today's popular Japanese actors Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Kenichi Matsuyama, Hiro Mizushima and many others had their beginnings in the long-running drama series.
Photo credit: screenshot from Gokusen season 1 episode 1
Gokusen's Shirokin Gakuen (School) Filming Location
Jissen Women's Educational Institute, Shinmei chome, Hino, Tokyo
The filming location for Shirokin Gakuen school grounds in Gokusen is the Jissen Women's Educational Institute in Hino, Tokyo. This facility was used as the main setting for Gokusen season 1. Jdrama fans have surely noted that this was the school used in Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) as well.
Location: 4-1-1 Osakaue, Hino, Tokyo 191-8510, Japan. View map here.
Photo credit: Emachi
The Oedo Yakuza Family House Filming Location
Meguro House Studio, Shinagawa, Tokyo
The house where Yankumi lives with her grandfather Ryuichiro Kuroda, chief of the Oedo Yakuza Clan) and his henchmen is Meguro House Studio, a traditional Japanese style home in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The scenes of their home in Gokusen seasons 1, 2, and 3 were all filmed in this house and the surrounding areas.
Location: 2-chome, Shinagawa Kamiosaki. View map here.
Photo credit: Screenshot from Gokusen season 1 episode 1
Location of the steps near the Oedo Yakuza family's home
Dandan Saka, Nishi-Nippori, Tokyo
The filming location for the steps near Yamaguchi Kumiko's family's home is the Dandan Saka in Nishi-Nippori. Yankumi is often seen climbing or going down these steps on her way home to or from school. Dandan means gradual and Saka means hill or slope.
Location: Nishi-Nippori 3-chome, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo. View map here.
Photo credit: Toku Blog
Tetsu and Minoru's takoyaki stand and shrine filming location - Zoshigaya Kishibojin Shrine, Toshim-ku, Tokyo
Minoru and Tetsu of the Oedo family clan run a takoyaki (octopus balls) stand presumably to throw the police off their path. The fictitious stall was actually set up by the Kishibojin Shrine in Zoshigaya in Toshima ward in Tokyo.
Location: Zoshigaya 3-chome, Toshima-ku Tokyo. View map here.
Photo credit: screenshot from Gokusen episode 2 season 1
Location of the bus stop near Yankumi's home
Hana Ju Flower Shop, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Whenever Yankumi goes to school, she waits for the bus in front of a flower shop called Hana Ju. The bus stop is supposedly located near the Oedo family's home.
Location: Naka Tani 7-chome , Taito-ku, Tokyo. View map here.
Photo credit: Toku Blog
Kumai Ramen filming location
Chuka Ryouri No.15, Wakamatsu-cho 2-Chome, Fuchu, Tokyo
Yankumi's student Kuma's family owns a noodle shop called Kumai Ramen which happens to be Chuka Ryouri 15-Ban in Wakamatsu-cho 2-Chome in Fuchu. This very same restaurant is the setting for Mine's dad's Uraken in the Nodame Cantabile Jdrama.
Location: Upon arriving at Higashi-fuchu station, cross 2 intersections and you will see the familiar facade of 15-ban Chinese Restaurant. View map here.
Photo credit: Popeye Mo-blog
Location of the footbridge on the way to Shirokin Gakuen
Pedestrian bridge before the Ajinomoto Stadium, Chofu, Tokyo
On the way to Shirokin Gakuen, Yankumi, Sawada Shin (Jun Matsumoto) and some of her students are often seen crossing a footbridge. This pedestrian bridge is located by the Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo.
Location: Tobitakyuu 1-chome, Chofu, Tokyo. View map here.
Photo credit: Mizuno Futsal Plaza
Tree-lined park near Shirokin Gakuen filming location - Fuchu-no-mori Park, Fuchu, Tokyo
On the way to Shirokin Gakuen is a scenic, tree-lined park with a fountain. This park is called the Fuchu-no-mori Park and is located in Fuchu, Tokyo and is quite familiar to Jdorama fans as it's been featured in many TV series including Nodame Cantabile, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, and 1 Litre of Tears among others.
Location: The park is located at Sengencho 1-chome & Midoricho 2-chome in Fuchu-shi and can be accessed by a 10-minute walk from Higashi Fuchu Station on the Keio Line. View map here.
Photo credit: screenshot from Gokusen episode 12 season 1
More Gokusen season 1 Shooting Locations
Other places that served as locations in the TV series.
Here are other locations around Japan where scenes in the Gokusen live-action drama series were filmed.
* Ikebukuro Bridge - The overpass where Kuma was robbed of the collection money envelope (2-chome, Toshima-ku Tokyo Kami Ikebukuro)
* Ayase Bridge - The bridge from where Kuma saw Yankumi looking for the collection money envelope in the river. (Cho, Adachi-ku Tokyo)
* Nogawa River - Where Yankumi looked for the money envelope all night (Sawa Hiroshi 6-chome Mitaka-shi, Tokyo)
* Izawa Shipbuilding - The grounds where Yankumi found Minami being beaten up (Cho, Adachi-ku, Tokyo)
* Water Tower - The club where Yankumi's co-teacher Shizuka Fujiyama got a part-time job as a hostess (Ginza 8-chome, Chuo-ku Tokyo)
* Kasumi Hashi (Bridge) - where Yankumi runs into Sawada Shin and then invites him over for dinner at her home (Shibaura 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
* Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital - the hospital Kuma's dad is brought to (35-1 Chigasakichuo, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa)
* Yuan Restaurant Building - where the boys had their Gokon (Nozaki Hazime chome, Mitaka, near Tokyo)
* Tokyo Metropolitan University - site for Jinguji High School, an elite school for boys (Minami Osawa chome, Hachioji, Tokyo)
* A house in Setagaya - Shirokin student Yuki Masato's house (Sawa Hukashi 4-chome, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)
* Agilent Technologies - the police station (Takakura cho, Hachioji, Tokyo)
* Oume Meisei University - school of shoplifting student who frames Kuma (Nagabuti chome, Ome City, Tokyo)
* JR Yamanote Line Mizunashi Hashi (Bridge) - where thugs catches up with Kuma (Jinnan chome, Shibuya, Tokyo)
* Oosaka Bridge Playgroud - the site where Kuma was beaten up (Aobadai chome, Meguro-ku, Tokyo)
Gokusen (2002) Filming Location Resources - More information about shooting locations for the Gokusen Jdrama
Many thanks go to the following Japanese websites for the information they provide about filming locations for the Gokusen Jdrama series.
- Gokusen Filming Locations (in Japanese)
Japanese website with photos and lists of locations for Gokusen season 1, 2, and 3.
- Gokusen Location Guide (in Japanese)
Lists all the locations used in the filming of Gokusen Japanese Drama.
- Gokusen Shooting Locations | Miyazaki Town (in Japanese)
Check out photos of locations that were used in the filming of the Gokusen TV series.
- Gokusen Filming Location List in Tokyo (in Japanese)
A short list of Gokusen locations on Yahoo Blogs.
- St. Anime Blog | Gokusen sites and photos (in English)
A blogger chronicles her visit to the Gokusen locations in Tokyo with words and photos.
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Are you planning to visit any of the Gokusen filming spots on your next trip to Japan? - I'd love to hear what you think about this travel guide too.
nnadikelechukw1 on June 04, 2013:
serious going to this places is my dream i hope it may happen soon. link us
anonymous on May 02, 2013:
Definitely going to visit all these places when I go to Japan (which is soon), also all the places from the other two series (if I can find that information). Fighto-o!
Auriel on November 05, 2012:
My. Fav. Gokusen! great... fighto..o!
viva10 on September 20, 2012:
Yankumi! I like Gokusen season 1.
anonymous on March 12, 2012:
I love Gokusen. watched every season and love Yankumi
Indigo Janson from UK on January 13, 2012:
I've never had the chance to see Gokusen but I'd like to, it would be a fun way to learn some Japanese. Great to find such a helpful guide to the locations.
Kimberly Hiller from Chicago on April 23, 2011:
How many seasons do J-drama air for? Here in Korea, they usually go for 12 episodes (the most famous show went to 13 episodes). I can only think of one show that has been on for a couple years and I think it's because its set in traditional Korean times.
Cynthia Arre (author) from Quezon City on January 18, 2011:
@alesxandrea: Thanks for the visit, Hannah! I love Gokusen 2 (yup, season 1 is my favorite as well) and I love the characters esp. Yankumi. She's hilarious! (:
alesxandrea on January 18, 2011:
I love Gokusen! Specially Gokusen 1. Thanks for this lens. Now I know where to go if I visit Japan :) Domo arigatou!