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Sight seeing can be hard, especially in a bustling city like Tokyo. There are so many things to see, eat and experience. Going to the classics, like Tokyo Tower, Asakusa and Roppongi Hills, is always fun, but I have a suggestion for those who are looking for something a little different. 

I’m sure readers have heard the name, Haruki Murakami. He is a famous Japanese author, with many fans worldwide. Why not set up a tour (by yourself), and visit places related to him? Here are seven places you could go!

1. Waseda University

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Haruki Murakami graduted from Waseda University in 1975. He stayed here for 7 years, whilst married to his current wife and running a jazz bar in Kichijoji. 

There are 2 places you can visit from Sputnik Sweetheart.

2. Inokashira Park

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“We were sitting as usual side by side at Inogashira Park, on her favorite bench. The pond was spread out before us. A windless day. Leaves lay where they had fallen, pasted on the surface of the water. I could smell bonfire somewhere far away. The air was filled with the scent of the end of autumn, and far-off sounds were painfully clear.” – Sputnik Sweetheart, p. 18

A charming scene between K and Sumire was done here in Inogashira Park. It’s a 5 minute walk from Kichijoji station on the Chuo line. It is especially beautiful in the fall. 

3. The intersection near MEIDI-YA store

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“I was on my way to visit some relatives who lived downtown and was stopped at a traffic light in Hiroo, at the intersection near the MEIDI-YA store, when I spotted the navy-blue Jaguar inching its way forward in the heavy traffic.” – Sputnik Sweetheart, p.224

It’s an intersection, nothing more. But it means a lot in the book, and probably for fans too. 

Moving on to Dance Dance Dance.

4. Takeshita Do-ri, Harajyuku

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“At five, I walked to Harajuku and wandered through the teenybopper stalls along Takeshita street.” – Dance Dance Dance, p. 214

Try finding an Elvis badge in the stalls. It may actually cost you a day. Brace yourself, since the crowd are going to be murderous. 

5. Shakey’s Pizza, Shibuya store

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“Gotanda smiled weakly, like the last glow of the summer sun between the leaves. ‘When was the last time you saw anyone famous in Shakey’s, my friend?'” – Dance Dance Dance, p.351

Reminiscence about Gotanda while eating your pizza. Your stomach and heart would be full by the end of your meal.

6. Follow a stray cat

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Finding a stray cat in Tokyo is hard. Magic will probably happen when you follow it. 

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