It seems that very little is often said about Ota-ku, Tokyo’s most southerly ward, other than it being home to Haneda International Airport! However, Tokyo Fox has tried its best to put that wrong with a few posts over the years including trips to Senzoku-ike, Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Denenchofu Station and a fox shrine crawl of sorts in the Haneda area itself too.
Now there’s something to add to that list as ‘Shin Gojira‘ (2016) was shot quite extensively in the ward. A future ‘On The Trail Of Shin Godzilla’ post will highlight the scenes in the Kamata and Haneda areas but this one will focus on a couple of locations close to Tamagawa station.
N.B. The time codes given are approximate and may be slightly different to the DVD or blu-ray versions.
The first locale is Tamagawa Sengen-jinja Shrine (1-55-12 Denenchofu, Ōta-ku) which appears on screen on 44 minutes as the Japan Self Defense Force soldiers are preparing themselves for an attack on Godzilla. This shrine (below) is over 800 years old and is just a few minutes walk from Tamagawa Station on the Tokyu Toyoko, Tokyu Meguro and Tokyu Tamagawa lines. Mount Fuji can be seen from here on a clear day which is one of those things that usually makes my eyes roll as it’s often said about so many places!
There’s a brief shot of the Kawasaki skyline (below) which can’t be replicated precisely without a helicopter!
Maruko Bridge connects Ota Ward in Tokyo to Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture and it is just a five minute walk from the the aforementioned shrine. The blue bridge, which spans 406 metres across the Tama River, features in a few scenes during a five minute period following on from the shrine clips. The Tama River bank screenshots (below) show a load of tanks in the foreground of the double-arched bridge. The reality of this place is that it is a nice, relaxing, spacious green place to enjoy the quieter side of Tokyo life.
There is one brief shot moments later from the other side of the bridge (below) showing Godzilla on fire with smoke pouring out of him as his energy is slowly but surely depleted.
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