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Real existing places of GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)

GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka) is a 1996 famous manga and anime by Toru Fujisawa.
As you probably know The story centers on the main character, Onizuka, who is a teacher at the Kissho private school (in the anime it is called Seirin institute) and also lives there.

Most of the series is set in a small interesting neighborhood west of Shinjuku in Tokyo: Kichijoji (read my guide about).
Some particular scenes take place in more famous neighborhoods as Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Inokashira park

Whenever there is a scene set in the green or around a pond, it is always the pond and the park of Inokashira.
This place is mentioned by his real name even in the anime, for example in the episode where Tontako (the "busty" of the class) participate in the contest to become Miss Inokashira.
This is a very beautiful park just a few minutes walk from Kichijoji Station, on which I have already written in the guide of Tokyo related to
Kichijoji, definitely an interesting place for anyone, regardless of GTO.

Kissho / Seirin private school

As I already said, it is the school where most of the series takes place, where Onizuka works and lives.
Somewhere in the web you could find a wrong, false information about the existence of this school in real world in Kichijoji. There isn't any school similar to that of GTO in Kichijoji.
The only school that actually exists and that has to do with GTO is the "Jissen women college" (実践女子短期大学図書館), that was used for the filming of the live action of GTO, and it isn't located in Kichijoji but in Hino, an area further west along the JR Chuo line, look at this map below for details.

GTO's school in a larger map


The episode n.34 of the anime takes place in Shinjuku.

In this episode Onizuka works as window cleaner in a skyscraper in Nishi-Shinjuku. The plot of the episode centers on a trap set by Kanzawa to Aizawa and her friends, luring them in suite of a hotel, that seems to be the famous Shinjuku Washington hotel. The building form is not drawn very detailed, but the view from the "suite" where part of the episode takes place is unmistakable, it is the Washington Hotel. You can recognize the Park Hyatt hotel and the Tokyo Metropolitan government building on the left and the NS building and the Sumitomo building on the right.
la stanza d'hotel dove si svolge parte dell'episodio 34 di gto
"Vista" dalla stanza dove si svolge parte dell'episodio

vista di nishi shinjuku dal washington hotel Vista dal ristorante panoramico all'interno del Washington hotel di Shinjuku


In the episodes n.21 and 22 of the anime Onizuka and others go to this area north of Tokyo in Nagano Prefecture looking for teacher Fuyutsuki.
stazione di hakuba episodi 21 22 gto La stazione di Hakuba nell'anime
hakuba station nagano La stazione JR di Hakuba

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.

What Govoyagin is

Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place.
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin. Take a look at Govoyagin

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