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These are fictional locations used in the Gintama manga/anime series. For real-life locations, refer to Historical Precedents and On the Gintama Trail.


Kabuki District かぶき町


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View of River and Bridge in Kabuki District
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Edo skyline with view of Shogun's Palace in the distant Street View of Kabuki District towards Central Terminal

A red-light district in both real-life Japan and in the Gintama world, Kabuki District is where Snack Otose, Yorozuya's office and the many cabaret clubs, host clubs etc are located.


It is purportedly 'ruled' by the 4 Devas of Kabuki District かぶき町四天王, namely Otose, the Kujaku Hime, Mademoiselle Saigou Tokumori and Doromizu Jirochou.

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Buildings within Kabuki District


Yorozuya Gin-chan 万事屋銀ちゃん

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Exterior view of Yorozuya Gin-chan and Otose Snack. Interior of Yorozuya Gin-chan.

The second storey above Snack Otose houses the Yorozuya Gin-chan main office from which the Yorozuya 万事屋 trio operate. Landlady is Otose herself, who frequently sends Catherine, and in later episodes Tama, to go after Sakata Gintoki for late rental payments. While Gintoki, Kagura and Sadaharu also live and sleep here, Shimura Shinpachi goes back home to his own family dojo every night.

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Yorozuya Kin Gon Chan 万事屋金良ちゃん

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Exterior view of Yorozuya Kin Gon Chan.

The spanking new tall office building of the very successful Yorozuya Kin Gon Chan 万事屋金良ちゃん, comprising old Yorozuya members Kanemaru 金丸, Ikesawa 池沢, Furuhashi 古橋 and now led by a new leader called Stainless Boy ステンレスボーイ.

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Snack Otose

A bar run by Otose, one of the 4 Devas of Kabuki District. It is a relatively small place frequented by Mu-san amongst others. It's regular employees are Catherine and Tama with occasional help from the Odd Jobs crew when they're late with the rent.

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Snack Smile スナックスマイル

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Exterior view of Snack Smile. Interior view of Snack Smile. Lounge view of Snack Smile.

'Snack Smile' is a hostess pub/bar that caters to male customers primarily. Shimura Tae 志村 妙 works here as a hostess (or bouncer, depending on circumstances) together with Oryou おりょう, Ane 阿音 and Hanako 花子. Matsudaira Katakuriko 松平 片栗虎 is a frequent VIP customer here, and even brought the Shogun here once.

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Takamagahara 高天原

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Shinsengumi Headquarters 真選組屯所


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Main Entrance to the Shinsengumi HQ. Shinsengumi's Main Hall. Shinsengumi's Meeting Room
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Shinsengumi's Debrief Room Shinsengumi's training dojo Shinsengumi's dojo store

Shinsengumi 真選組 being the largest organisation unit in the Gintama world as far as main characters go, have their own separate head quarters within Edo. This is different from the regular police stations which deploy 同心 doushin, who are dressed in the traditional Japanese clothes vs. Shinsengumi's more military-like uniform. Regular policeman would be characters such as Kozenigata Heiji 小銭形 平次, and the one seen in Episode 93 booking Space Woman for flying while drunk.

  • 精神一到 sei shin ittou - from 陽氣發處,金石亦透。精神一到,何事不成!《朱子語類》, hung in 東京久明館劍道之半世紀道場 dojoverify: check maekawa & yagi

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Yoshiwara Paradise 吉原桃源郷


Yoshiwara and current overlord Kamui in the foreground View of Yoshiwara and overlord's mansion in the background

Yoshiwara Paradise 吉原桃源郷 is the underground red-light district that forms the backdrop for 'The Blaze of Yoshiwara First Chapter 吉原炎上篇'. Kamui 神威 is the current overlord in charge of this place under the jurisdiction of the Harusame 春雨 group, after its predecessor Housen 鳳仙 was killed in Episode 146. Previously perpetually covered by roof due to the overlord being of Yato tribe (and so having an aversion to sunlight), it is now open to the sky though the new overlord is of Yato blood too. In Episode 146 the new overlord was said to be totally indifferent to being the new overlord, and did not even station his men there, much less administer the district.

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Dragon Palace City 竜宮城


Ryuuguujou aka Dragon Palace City. Ryuuguujou's throne room. VIP night club within the Ryuuguujou.

According to Police Superintendent Matsudaira Katakuriko, Ryuuguujou or Dragon Palace City is a floating mobile city that operates as a high-class resort club for the elite class. It does not belong to any nation, and it operates outside any legislative confines, yet it receives tremendous support from the political world, to the extent that it has become very powerful. Since the Urashima incident (refer to Dragon Palace Chapter 竜宮城篇 for more details), it has descended into the depths of the sea and has remained there ever since.

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Senboukyou 仙望郷


Senboukyou's main entrance

An onsen inn located deep in the mountains that Otose "recommended" the Yorozuya trio and Shimura Tae to go on their days off. Unknown to them, the inn is a final stopping place for departed spirits before they cross over to the netherworld, spirits whom Gintoki, in his strenuous denial of the existence of the supernatural, referred to as 'Stands'. The inn is run by a widow by the name of Oiwa, assisted by her departed husband, Tagosaku and an adopted orphan girl called Rei, both of whom are still lingering in that place. Featured in Episode 131 to 134.

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Gokumontou 獄門島


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Gokumontou's exterior Gokumontou's interior Gokumontou at night

Maximum-security penitentiary that resembles Alcatraz, but name is derived from 横溝 正史 Yokomizou Seishi's detective story with the same title, starring fictitious detective 金田一 耕助 Kindaichi Kousuke. Katsura Kotarou was brought to this place in Episode 110. Many of its prisoners attempted to escape at roughly the same time, resulting in the cliffs beneath the prison being dotted with holes. Despite it taking only a matter of days if even for Elizabeth to tunnel into Katsura's cell, prisoner's tunneling out have taken years, roughly fifteen in the case of the cell opposite Katsura's own

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Specific Buildings


Inuisei Embassy 戌威星大使館

Embassy of Inuisei

The embassy of the Amanto species from the Planet Inui 戌威星, which was the first Amanto race to descend upon Earth using military force, located on Earth. Featured in Episode 5 as one of Katsura Kotarou's bombing targets.

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O-Edo Art Museum

Great Edo Art Museum

The O-Edo 大江戸 (meaning 'Great Edo') Art Museum was the setting for the "Kyuubi" gang's daring heist attempt on the Golden Tofu Sculpture in Episode 85. Booby traps ...

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Yagyuu Family Estate 柳生一門

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The Yagyuu Family's Crest at the Main Entrance
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The majestic flight of stairs leading up to the Yagyuu Estate Main Entrance
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The vast sprawling grounds of the Yagyuu Family Estate
The main door to the Yagyuu Family Estate

The immense influence and wealth of the Yagyuu Family, designated sword instructor to the Shogunate, is reflected in the vast sprawling grounds of the family estate. Many of the wings are made up of 2-storey buildings interconnected by sheltered corridors.

External Compound of the Yagyuu Estate, lush forest where Hijikata Toushirou and Yagyuu Kyuubei crossed swords
Yagyuu dojo's exterior
External Compound of the Yagyuu Estate, bamboo forest where Sakata Gintoki and Yagyuu Binboksai crossed swords
Yagyuu dojo's interior

The external grounds and the building compound, including interiors and a male toilet block, were the venues for the showdown with the Yagyuu family grand patriarch, the young heir and Yagyuu dojo's 4 Devas on one hand, and Shimura Shinpachi's Koudoukan 恒道館 on the other, whose newly joined members include Sakata Gintoki, Kagura, Kondou Isao, Hijikata Toushirou and Okita Sougo.

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Koudoukan 恒道館

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Bird's eye view of Koudoukan Example of Koudoukan's fortress-like defenses-steel spiked enclosure. Main Entrance of Koudoukan

Also acting as the Shimura family home, this dojo specialises in 天堂無心流 tendou mushin ryuu, aka Tendou Mushin sword-fighting style. Ever since Otae became the target of the gorilla-stalker, aka Shinsengumi's Commander Kondou Isao, the house compound has been fortified to become a fortress of steel. Examples of defense devices include steel-spiked wall enclosure, trip-wire with Justaway bombs, hidden ground pits with bamboo-spikes, gateways with massive timber cage-doors, toilet seats with thumb-tacks and also the ability to summon a satellite weapon called SOL 740 to fire a laser beam at selected spots. Refer to Episode 62 for an overview of the defense mechanisms at work.

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Shibuya Regret Hall 渋谷後悔堂

View of the main entrance of the Shibuya Regret Hall View of the interior stage area

Shibuya Regret Hall 渋谷後悔堂 Shibuya Koukai Dou is a spoof of the real-life theatre 渋谷公会堂 Shibuya Koukai Dou, Shibuya Public Hall. Now called Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall due to sponsorship deals with Dentsu and Suntory, the Gintama version sports a gigantic lemon logo behind the building sign. Featured in Episode 124 as the venue for Otsuu's live concerts.

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Others


Takasugi's ship

Takasugi Shinsuke's ship. Rear view of Takasugi's ship.
Top view of Takasugi's ship.

Takasugi Shinsuke's flight-capable ship was the setting for the main fighting scenes in Episode 59, Episode 60 and Episode 61. This ship was used to mass-produce the bio-mechanical katana called Benizakura devised by Murata Tetsuya 村田 鉄矢, for use by his extremist Jouishishi members. Sakata Gintoki and Okada Nizou's climactic confrontation for the Benizakura Chapter took place here, on the rooftop.

Kaientai

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Kaientai 快援隊 comprises the ship belonging to Sakamoto Tatsuma 坂本 辰馬 that serves as his mercantile company traversing the galaxy as well as the staff on it. Although Sakamoto is the leader, the company is mostly helmed by his number 2, Mutsu 陸奥 due to the leader's penchant for going MIA.

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