Persona 5's Real-World Locations 

By Brian Ashcraft on at

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

Warning: This article might contain spoilers.

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

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 there are some noticeable similarities.

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

The in-game and real-world cafés.

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

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

Both locations have batting centres.

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

Cinemas.

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

And similar-looking supermarkets with similar names.

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

Persona 5's Real-World Locations [Image: はちま]

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.