Tokyo Filming Locations: Pt V – Godzilla

Godzilla is a legendary Japanese monster and as much as I like the icon I have to say that the actual films are not up to scratch…….but still the franchise limps on! Odo Island, where the radioactive creature first appears is completely fictitious but all the Tokyo places are real, well kind of! They were actually filmed at Toho Studios with miniature sets being used to replicate the capital whilst a man wore a rubber suit and stomped all over the three metre high set-pieces. Godzilla comes out of the water at Tokyo Bay and promptly destroys Shinagawa station (below left) on 43 mins before torching Matsuzakaya Department store at 6-10-1 Ginza (below right) after 59 mins.

 

After 59 mins he rips the clock from the Wako Department store (below left) at 4-5-11 Ginza and the National Diet Building (below right and lower left) at 1-7-1 Nagata-cho doesn’t fare much better three minutes later! Both featured in my original Tokyo Godzilla locations post a couple of years ago and in between those two places he crosses Sukiya Bridge (60 mins) before the New Marion Building (lower right) at 2-5-1 Yurakucho in Chiyoda-ku is smashed up on 61 mins.

       

The monster lizard finally destroys Kachidoki Bridge (63 mins) which stretches across Sumidagawa River and he then returns to the ocean and his 15 minutes of terror are over.

     

There is a tiny statue of Godzilla (above) at 1-2-2 Yurakucho in Ginza which I must have visited many times as it often becomes part of my cycling tours of Tokyo. I say tiny statue but its not as if it was ever gonna be a full-size one!! However, much further afield in Seijogakuenmae there is a much bigger statue on display outside Toho Studios at Seijo 1, 157-8561.

 

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Trip To Toho Studios

Toho Studio’s in Seijogakuenmae (on the Odakyu line) is Japan’s largest and most famous film studios and is famous for making TV programmes and films such as the Seven Samurai (one of the greatest and most influential Japanese films ever and the inspiration for the Magnificent Seven) and Godzilla and its many dreadful sequels. As I had a free afternoon last Friday I thought I would go and see the place to find out a little bit more about it and see what I could discover.

The studio’s aren’t exactly easy to find as they don’t feature on any maps in and around the station. I only had a postcode (157-8561) to go on and my instincts and when I did stumble upon it in Seijo 1-chome my expectations were pretty low in terms of being able to go in and have a nose about the place or even a tour. I anticpated pretty much nothing and that is exactly what I got!! Instead I had to just settle for a couple of photo’s outside the place which in some sad way I was content with as I had been very close to giving up on finding the place on a couple of occasions.