Did you know that many of the scenes in K-ON are based on real places in Kyoto, not very far from the usual touristic spots such as Ginkaku-ji and Arashiyama? In addition, they did visit Kyoto in K-ON during the school field trip and they went to Kitano Tenman-guu and Kinkaku-ji, another two of the usual touristic spots. So, when you are in Kyoto, what can be better than combining the regular sightseeing with an anime pilgrimage? The following photos document my walk from Ginkaku-ji to the northernmost parts of Kyoto in one day, and my visiting Kitano Tenman-guu, Kinkaku-ji and the historical district of Arashiyama.
Here is a map of many of the locations used in K-ON. Many of them stretch along Shirakawa-doori, including the stairs in the opening, the train station in K-ON, the McD’s in K-ON, and more.
This photo has nothing to do with K-ON, apart from being taken at Imamiya-jinja, the shrine in the previous photo, which was used in K-ON, but I really liked it so I decided to put it here as well.
The interior of this café/tea-room was used in K-ON, but it was closed when I came. It’s called Sarasa Nishijin and it’s number 18 on the map.
Here is a map where you can find most of the spots and the rest of the screenshots for comparison with either the photos in the map or my own photos. There is some order in my photos, so you might be able to find the matching photos and screenshots.
It was fun looking for all those spots and I think I did quite a good job in those 3 days I spent in Kyoto. Of course, there are more spots that appeared in K-ON and many of the spots I took photos of appeared in more than just one angle, so there really are much more possible photos waiting. Still, this being my first pilgrimage, I am quite proud of my results.
Related pilgrimage: Seitokai Yakuindomo.