| This article only covers aspects of Japan that are referenced in Hajime no Ippo.
Japan (日本, lit. nihon or nippon), is the country of origin and major setting for George Morikawa's anime and manga series Hajime no Ippo. It is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. The capital of Japan and largest city is Tokyo.
Majority of the story mainly takes place in Japan, in the Tokyo area, Osaka, and occasionally other parts of the country, when other boxers get introduced, or during Takamura Mamoru's travels across Japan. Various famous landmarks in Japan can sometimes be seen in the background of the story.
Important Characters from Japan
- For Full list of Characters: List of Hajime no Ippo characters
|Important Characters from Japan|
|Kamogawa Boxing Gym||Friends or Family||Rival's or Past Opponents|
Below is a list of major locations in Japan accounted for in Hajime no Ippo. Note that this is not a full list of locations, but a list of the core settings in which character development takes place.
Main Article: Tokyo
Tokyo is the main setting area for the story, where main characters in story live, work, and train in. Majority of the boxing matches take place in Tokyo area.
Boxing Gyms in Tokyo
Main Article: List of Gyms#Tokyo
|Boxing Related Locations in Tokyo|
|Kōrakuen Hall||Ryōgoku Kokugikan||Monthly Boxing Fan|
Character's Work Places
Quite a few boxers in the story have side jobs while they are training to support themselves as a Pro-Boxer, or places their relatives work.
|Schools in Tokyo|
|Shiritsu Zōshirushi High School|
|Minami South High School|
Aoki and Kimura's School
|Imanishi North High School|
|Imperial College of Medicine|
|Touyou College of Athletics|
|Entertainment Related Locations in Tokyo|
|Game Play Game|
|Great Tokyo Era Izakaya||Sugar Ray|
|Sakura Park||Shimono Zoo||Swimming Club|
There is quite a few food or beverage related place in the story, where some of them make reappearance in a chain restaurant. Some of them tend to be named after a famous boxer.
|Food Related Locations in Tokyo|
|Chūka Soba||Coffee Shop Hearns||De La Hoya|
|Hirosue||Kemuri Izakaya||Koedo Sushi|
|Márquez||Mayweather Bar||Pasta House|
|Tyson Steak House||Yamanaka Bakery||Jackson|
|Medical Related Locations in Tokyo|
|Yamaguchi Chiropractic||Kawai Hospital||Imperial College of Medicine|
|Ishikawa Hospital||Kon'no Hospital||Sports Gym Silva|
Date's Sport Doctor
|Makunouchi Fishing Boat|
|Aoki and Tomiko's Apartment|
|Itagaki Family's House||Miyata's Apartment||Umesawa's Apartment|
|Date's House||Mashiba's Apartment|
|Store Related places in Tokyo|
Sporting Good Store
|Yamanaka Bakery||Cut House Barbershop|
|Narita Terminal 1||Roigal Hotel||Tanaka Transportation|
A location in the Kanagawa prefecture and second largest city in Japan by population.
- Yokohama Arena - Eagle vs. Takamura match took place here.
|Boxing Related Locations in Osaka|
|Naniwa Boxing Club||Ishino Boxing Gym||Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium|
|Food Related Locations in Osaka|
|Plum Village||Marumi Okonomiyaki|
Other Important Locations
|Other Important Locations in Osaka|
|Sendō's Middle School||Pachinko BOSS|
|Places in Aomori Area|
|Hachinohe Boxing Club||Misawa Air Base|
A location in the Tohoku prefecture.
|Places in Miyagi Area|
|Tsukahara Boxing Gym||Police Station|
A location in the Chubu prefecture.
|Places in Nagoya Area|
|Nagoya Oni Yari Tome Boxing Gym||Tyson Steak House|
A location in the Ryukyu prefecture.
|Places in Nagoya Area|
|Mensore Okinawa Seaside Gym|
|Places in Niigata Area|
Unspecified Locations in Japan
- Jōnan University Training Camp
- Kōdan Gymnasium
- Neko's Beach House
- Bōsō Jumbo
- Stone Hospital
- Rabbit Courier
- YAMAHA Motor (YAMAHA発動機, Yamaha hatsudō-ki)
As this article only covers aspects of Japan that appear in Hajime no Ippo, likewise only the regions that appear in Hajime no Ippo will be listed.