Demon Slayer – the story takes place in Tokyo


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It is about a secret society, the Demon Slayer Corps, which continues fighting against demons for centuries. The anime Demon Slayer produced by Ufotable presents the story with beautiful landscapes of old Japan.

Due to its magnificent scenery, it seems that the story takes place in all over Japan. But in fact, most of the episodes take place in Tokyo.

About Tokyo

Needless to say, Tokyo is known as the capital and the most populous city of Japan. The population of Tokyo is estimated as 14,028,040 (as of March 2023), but its area is unexpectedly small (See the image below).

Recommended Hotels and Popular Areas in Tokyo

Tokyo in Demon Slayer: Mapping of episodes

Most of the episodes in Demon Slayer take place in Tokyo (Reference: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Comics Vol.1-23 and Fan Book Vol.1). Let’s do mapping.

Here is the map of Tokyo Metropolis. Actually Tokyo Metropolis consists of the main part and multiple islands. For convenience’ sake not all of the islands are on the map.

1. Mt. Kumotori, 2. Mt. Odake, 3. Mt. Hinode, 4. Mt. Kagenobu, 14. Hachijojima Island
5. Sakurashinmachi, 6. Nogata, 7. Takinogawa, 8. Ushigome, 9. Azabudai, 10. Kyobashi, 11. Yoshiwara Yukaku, 12. Asakusa, 13. Mukojima

1. Mt. Kumotori

Tokyo is famous as a big city but in the western part of Tokyo Metropolis there are beautiful mountains. Mt. Kumotori (or Kumotoriyama/Kumotorisan “雲取山”) is located in Okutama “奥多摩” area of Tokyo Metropolis. It is 2,017 m high and stands at the boundary with Saitama and Yamanashi prefectures.

Mt. Kumotori is the birth place of Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko Kamado and the place where their family were massacred. The story of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba starts here. It is the highest mountain of Tokyo and also counted as one of 100 famous mountains of Japan.

2. Mt. Odake

Mt. Odake (or Odakesan “大岳山”) is located also in Okutama area of Tokyo. It is 1,266.5 m high. Mt. Odake is the birth place of Inosuke Hashibira. Inosuke was raised up by wild boars.

Y’s Crow
Y’s Crow

In fact there are wild boars in Okutama area. So be careful, when you visit mountains in Okutama area of Tokyo.

3. Mt. Hinode

Mt. Hinode (or Hinodeyama “日の出山”) is located in Nishitama (西多摩) area of Tokyo Metropolis. It is 902 m high. Mt. Hinode is the birth place of the Rock Hashira Gyomei Hidejima.

4. Mt. Kagenobu

Mt. Kagenobu (or Kagenobuyama “景信山”) is located in Hachioji “八王子” City of Tokyo Metropolis. It is 727.1 m high and is the birth place of the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito.

5. Sakurashinmachi, Setagaya

Sakurashinmachi “桜新町” (Old name: Komazawa Village) is located in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. It is the birth place of the Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. Current Setagaya-ku is known as one of the richest residential areas in Tokyo. It somehow links to the image of Kyojuro Rengoku who comes of a good family which has been producing the Flame Hashira for centuries.
In the Meiji era “Shinmachi” was created as the first subdivision land for sale in Tokyo to build villas. As cherry blossom trees “Sakura (桜)” were planted along the main street, the area was named “Sakurashinmachi” in the Taisho period.

6. Nogata

Nogata (野方) is located in Nakano-ku and is the birth place of the Water Hashira Giyu Tomioka. Currently Nogata is a residential area.

7. Takinogawa

Takinogawa (滝野川) is located in Kita-ku and is the birth place of the Insect Hashira Shinobu Kocho. Nowadays people shop in major supermarkets, but small individual shops in Takinogawa Shopping Street (滝野川商店街) maintains liveliness since olden times. Takinogawa is a residential area and there are several old temples with long histories.

8. Ushigome

Ushigome (牛込) was named after cattle houses which were built in the Edo era and is located in Shinjuku-ku. It is the birth place of Zenitsu Agatsuma. Ushigome area is located just outside of the outer moat Sotobori (外堀) of the Edo castle and also famous as the area where high ranking Samurai had their residence.

Kagurazaka (神楽坂), which is part of Ushigome area, has been a busy quarter and currently it is a gourmet street with many restaurants and wine bars. Zenitsu Agatsuma is a city boy and it is obvious from the story of Demon Slayer. In contrast to Tanjiro and Inosuke who grew up in the mountains, Zenitsu knows what trains are and what the Entertainment District is.

A small street in Kagurazaka
Y’s Crow
Y’s Crow

The small streets (often with stone pavement) around Kagurazaka still maintain the atmosphere of the old time. Worth visiting there.

9. Azabudai

Azabudai (麻布台) is located in Minato-ku and is the birth place of the Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji. It is next to the famous busy quarter Roppongi, and there are residential areas as well as office buildings and several diplomatic facilities.

10. Kyobashi

Kyobashi (京橋) is located in Chuo-ku next to the famous shopping quarter Ginza (銀座) and is the birth place of the Wind Hashira Sanemi Shinazugawa. It was named after the bridge built over the Kyobashi River which is not existing anymore. Currently Kyobashi is a business quarter.

Ukiyoe art by Hiroshige Utagawa

11. Yoshiwara Yukaku

The place where the Entertainment District Yoshiwara Yukaku existed is currently called Nihonzutsumi (日本堤) . The Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui, Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira battled together against the Upper Six demons Gyutaro and Daki.

12. Asakusa

Asakusa Park of the old time

Asakusa (浅草) is the place where Tanjiro spotted Muzan Kibutsuji in the crowd. Asakusa has been one of the busy quarters since the Edo era. The townscape of Asakusa Park of the old time is very well reproduced in both manga and anime Demon Slayer.

Current Asakusa (Sensoji Kaminarimon)

Asakusa is currently one of the most famous sightseeing spot in Tokyo. It is especially known as the location of the Sensoji, a Buddhist temple and a Japanese traditional festival Sanja Matsuri (三社祭) held in May.

13. Mukoujima

Mukoujima (向島) is the birth place of Kanao Tsuyuri, the girl who joined the Demon Slayer Corp at the same time as Tanjiro Kamado. The place is famous for cherry blossom trees planted along the Sumida River.

14. Hachijojima Island

Hachijojima (八丈島) is the Island located 287km south of Tokyo in main land of Japan. The highest temperature is above 20 degrees all around the year. It is the birth place of the Snake Hashira Obanai Iguro.
The island is a sightseeing destination and reachable from Tokyo by plane (55 minutes) or by ship (10 hours 20 minutes). We can enjoy activities such as marine sports, whale watching, golf and visit to hot spring spa there.

Where is the birth place of Tengen Uzui?

The birth place of Tengen Uzui is not mentioned above. Tengen was SHINOBI and he escaped from his home with his three wives. The place of his home is not even mentioned in the fan books.

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Y’s Crow

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