Persona 5's In-Game Locations Compared To The Real World

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While Persona 4 takes place in a town called “Inaba,” Persona 5 takes place in Tokyo.

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This article was originally published on September 27, 2016. It has since been updated with more comparisons.

The major Tokyo locations, such as Shibuya Station, match up well enough, but it’s interesting to see what inspired where the Protagonist lives.

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The model is Tokyo’s Sangenjaya (三軒茶屋), which is west of Shibuya. (In the game, you walk to Shibuya Station to take the train.) The inspiration is not subtle, because the P5 location is called “Yongenjaya” (四軒茶屋), with “yon” referring to “four” and the “san” in Sangenjaya referring to three.

The locations in Persona 5 aren’t necessarily an exact copy, but the in-game locations are pretty faithful.

For example, compare how Tokyo’s Sangenjaya Station and Persona 5's Yongenjaya Station stack up.

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The in-game and real-world cafes.

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Which is near a laundromat. The below comparisons are via Hachima:

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Via Source Gaming, comparisons of in-game and real-world bars:

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More comparisons:

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Both locations have batting centers.

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Movie theaters.

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And similar-looking supermarkets with similar names.

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If you’ve walked around Sangenjaya, it’s cool to see how the game does a nice job of not only recreating locations but also the vibe.

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For even more comparisons, do check out Source Gaming’s recent post.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

This is so awesome, I love when they use real locations, especially considering I was born and lived in Shibuya-ku for 17 years, that’s basically my backyard. I lived in Omotesando, which is between Shibuya and Aoyama, both locations in the game. And I used to go past Sangenjaya on my way to school.

When you first go to school in the game, you need to find an alternate route for the Ginza line - I didn’t even have to think about it, I knew exactly where to go and which stairs to use.

Like one of the tweets mentions, their offices is located in Sangenjaya so I guess they had all the time they needed to nail the little details.

I’m enjoying this game so much, can’t wait to go home and play some more.