This article only covers aspects of Japan that are referenced in Hajime no Ippo.
Main article: Japan
Japan - Manga - 01

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.


Japan in manga


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

Major Locations

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

Tokyo Based Boxing Gyms
Kamogawa Boxing Gym Kawahara Boxing Gym Kawai Boxing Gym
Kikumoto Boxing Gym Kinoshita Boxing Gym Maeda Boxing Gym
Misawa Boxing Gym Moriyama Boxing Gym Nakadai Boxing Gym
New Japan Boxing Gym Nerima Boxing Group Nishikawa Boxing Gym
Ōtaki Boxing Gym Otowa Boxing Gym Sayama Boxing Gym
Tōhō Boxing Gym

Boxing Related

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.

Places that various Characters work in Tokyo
Makunouchi Fishing Boat
Makunouchi Ippo
Itagaki Manabu - Formerly
Umezawa Masahiko - Formerly
Koedo Sushi
Saeki Takuma
Kimura Florist
Kimura Tatsuya
Miyata Ichirō
Chuuka Soba
Aoki Masaru
Yamanaka Bakery
Mashiba Kumi
Kawai Hospital
Mashiba Kumi
Tanaka Transportation
Mashiba Ryō
Yamaguchi Chiropractic
Yamaguchi Tomoko
Monthly Boxing Fan
Fujii Minoru
Iimura Mari

Education Related

Schools in Tokyo
Shiritsu Zōshirushi High School
Ippo's School
Minami South High School
Aoki and Kimura's School
Imanishi North High School
Takamura's School
Imperial College of Medicine
Sanada's College
Touyou College of Athletics
Saeki's College
Taihei's School

Entertainment Related

Entertainment Related Locations in Tokyo
Funa Bowl
Bowling Alley
Rosa Bowl
Bowling Alley
Nermina Park
Amusement Park
Game Land
Game Play Game
Gaiant Echo
Karokee Bar
Great Tokyo Era Izakaya Sugar Ray
Hostess Bar
Mayweather Bar
Sakura Park Shimono Zoo Swimming Club

Food Related

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
Riky's Soehiro Sugar Ray
Tyson Steak House Yamanaka Bakery Jackson

Medical Related

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

Residential Related

Residential Places
Makunouchi Fishing Boat
Ippo's House
Ōta Inn
Takamura's House
Aoki and Tomiko's Apartment
Itagaki Family's House Miyata's Apartment Umesawa's Apartment
Date's House Mashiba's Apartment

Stores Related

Store Related places in Tokyo
Kimura Florist
Flower Shop
Convenience Store
Ōta Sports
Sporting Good Store
Suehirodo Bookstore

(末弘堂書店, Suehiro Dō Shoten)
(Anime Only)

Yamanaka Bakery Cut House Barbershop
Barbershop Corydoras
(Anime Only)

Misc. Locations

Misc. Locations
Narita Terminal 1
Roigal Hotel Tanaka Transportation


A location in the Kanagawa prefecture and second largest city in Japan by population.


Osaka is a secondary setting in the series and home to the boxing gym one of the series' more prominent characters Sendō Takeshi and his protégé Hoshi Hiroyuki.

Boxing Related

Boxing Related Locations in Osaka
Naniwa Boxing Club Ishino Boxing Gym Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

Food Related

Food Related Locations in Osaka
Sendō Shop Hirosue
Plum Village Marumi Okonomiyaki

Other Important Locations

Other Important Locations in Osaka
Sendō's Middle School Pachinko BOSS


Home of the boxing gym Yamada Naomichi and Jason Ozuma (formerly) trained in.

Places in Aomori Area
Hachinohe Boxing Club Misawa Air Base
Jason Ozuma


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

Sawamura Ryuhei

Tyson Steak House

Steak House


Chain Restaurant


A location in the Ryukyu prefecture.

Places in Nagoya Area
Mensore Okinawa Seaside Gym


Japan Countryside

Japan's Countryside Region Mountains

Places in Niigata Area
Pension Yoshio

Nekota Ginpachi

Unspecified Locations in Japan


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.

Other Countries

Other Countries
South Korea
South Korea


  1. Hospital that Date Eijimet his wife
  2. Hospital that Hiroko was sent to
  3. Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! Episode 16
  4. Chapter 239, page 2
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