Haruki Murakami Chase (Places to appear in Haruki Murakami novels)

Haruki Murakami is popular Japanese writer. Since its debut in 1979, he has created numerous popular works. Many places in Japan appear in his work. This time I will introduce the place near Tokyo which appears in his novel. When you visit Japan, let’s try “Haruki Murakami Chase”!

Waseda University (Norwegian Wood)
Wakeijuku (Norwegian Wood)
Denny’s – Shibuya Koen line shop (After Dark)
The others

Waseda University (Norwegian Wood)


Waseda University appear in “Norwegian Wood”.
It is a university where the hero passes and is also a place to spend time with Midori, one of the heroines.
Haruki Murakami went to this university between 1968 and 1975.
It was also used as a shooting location for the movie version “Norwegian Wood”.

[Street address]
1 Chome-6-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 169-8050, Japan

[Google Maps]

Wakeijuku (Norwegian Wood)


Wakeijuku appear in “Norwegian Wood” to.
This place is a dorm for university students. It is a model of the dormitory where the hero of “Norwegian Wood” lived. This place has also appeared in Haruki Murakami’s short story ” Firefly”.
Haruki Murakami live in the dorm in 1968.

[Street address]
1 Chome-21-2 Mejirodai, Bunkyō, Tokyo 112-0015, Japan

[Google Maps]

Denny’s – Shibuya Koen line shop (After Dark)


This place appear in “After Dark”.
“Denny’s” is a Japanese family restaurant.
The story of “After Dark” is beginning this restaurant and the novel is set in the city of Shibuya.
Shibuya is very popular sightseeing area in Tokyo. So please visit when you come to Tokyo.

[Street address]
2F, Bull Veil Building, 1 Chome-16-3 Jinnan, Sibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0041, Japan

[Google Maps]

The others

In addition to the above, many places and towns in Japan have appeared in Haruki Murakami’s novel.

In Tokyo

  • Yotsuya station(Norwegian Wood)
  • Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku(Norwegian Wood)
  • Ochanomizu(Norwegian Wood)
  • Komagome, Toyoshima-ku(Norwegian Wood)
  • Nogata, Nakano-ku(Kafka On The Shore)
  • Hibiya Line(Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World) etc…

In Another prefecture

  • Bifukacho, Nakagawagun, Hokkaido(A Wild Sheep Chase)
  • Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa Prefecture(Kafka On The Shore) etc…

Thank you for your time.
When you visit Japan, let’s try “Haruki Murakami Chase”!