Have you ever seen Japan’s world-famous Scramble Crossing this quiet before? No, us neither! That’s because this isn’t actually the real place but rather, an incredibly detailed and ‘to-scale’ replica of the actual location.

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This is Ashikaga Scramble City Studio and is a film-set that offers creators the opportunity to film in a highly sought after, famous Tokyo setting which is usually completely off-limits.

The scramble crossing has appeared in many Anime and even games but for movies, permission is never given to close down public roads for filming. With one of Japan’s most iconic locations being virtually unobtainable as a usable movie set, it’s easy to see the need for a studio like this.

The possibilities that this studio unlocks for filmmakers wanting to shoot in Tokyo could be potentially limitless, so it’ll definitely be interesting to see how it gets utilized in the future.

Official Website – Ashikaga Scramble City Studio



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Yasuharu Matsuno

Founder of Japan Insider (Former Ryu Tokyo). Japanese-born entrepreneur. Yasu spent his life around the globe – Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, and the U.S. He hopes he had more time to play Japanese RPGs. MBA from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Julian Domanski

Born in England, Julian is a writer, videographer & musician living in Tokyo. When he’s not drinking copious amounts of English Tea, he can be found studying Japanese or trying to master the surprisingly complex basics of the Jiuta Shamisen.