The Cobra Kai House and All the Filming Locations from the Series

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The old rivalry is reborn. The first season of the Karate Kid spinoff, which premiered back in 2018, was an unexpected surprise and became one of our favorite shows of the year. Cobra Kai is set in Los Angeles, but it was primarily filmed in Atlanta with a few exteriors in L.A. The series portrays successful, middle-aged Daniel, living with his almost perfect family in a beautiful house, running a lucrative Doyona cars dealership.

On the other hand, his nemesis Johnny is rather a loser, struggling to make a living. The action picks up 30 years after the events from the original 1984 movie, following the duo from a different perspective (was Daniel really the good guy?).

Actors Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who have remained friends during all these years in real life, return to their roles bringing a great sense of humor, easter eggs, and plenty of fight sequences.

After Google bowed out of the video streaming market (YouTube Red), Netflix acquired the rights to the martial arts show. The series was renewed for the third season, partially filmed in Okinawa, Japan. Here is our spoiler-free Cobra Kai filming locations report:

Where was Cobra Kai filmed?

Johnny Lawrence flat
The series opens with Johnny Lawrence living in a dingy apartment in Reseda (a low-income part of the San Fernando Valley). The exteriors are located at 18555 Burbank Blvd in Tarzana.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


Johnny driving his car
Johnny roams around town with his old Pontiac Firebird. The upper picture is at Ventura Blvd and Burbank Blvd. Beneath, the scene when he gets fired from his handyman job is the Mulholland Scenic Overlook.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: First image / Mulholland viewpoint


Cobra Kai Dojo
The interior of the new Cobra Kai Dojo was filmed on a soundstage at Gray Studios Atlanta. The exteriors are located in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Atlanta at 2779 Lakewood Avenue SW. The Google Maps street view still shows the sign of the martial arts school, the convenience store, the pawnshop, and the Armenian restaurant. The dojo has a couple of reviews so far, all 5-star. Strike first, strike hard, no mercy!


Cobra Kai drehort
The facade of Martin Kove's (John Kreese) old Cobra Kai dojo that appears in the series was also set in an empty shop of the Crossroads Shopping Center in the Sylvan Hills neighborhood. The original one from the movie was located at 5223 Lankershim Blvd. (Los Angeles).
Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps


Cobra Kai house
The LaRusso family home is a mansion at 130 Woodlawn Dr. NE in Marietta, although in the show the house is located in Encino, a wealthy part of the valley. In Karate Kid, the locations are reversed: Daniel and his mother (Randee Heller) resided at Reseda, a low-income area, and Johnny was from Encino. This luxurious Tuscan villa has an estimated home value of $1.7M in Zillow. The property features an indoor atrium and one acre of outdoor space including a swimming pool, spa, and greenhouse.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map


LaRusso Auto Dealer
The Reel To Real movie blog has reported more key locations. The LaRusso Auto Group in season one is located at 6740 Oakley Industrial Boulevard in Union City, home of the Atlanta Motors Superstore. In Season 2 the LaRusso North Hollywood branch was filmed very close to the original location, in the Butler Lexus of South Atlanta headquarters at 4025 Jonesboro Road, also in Union City.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Atlanta Motors / Butler Lexus


All Valley Sports Arena
The All Valley Sports Arena is not the original one from Karate Kid, which according to Then & Now was recorded in The Matadome Gymnasium on the campus of California State University in Northridge (Los Angeles). On this occasion, the 50th Anniversary All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship was filmed at the Gymnasium of the Kennesaw State University in Marietta (GA).
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Matadome / KSU


West Valley High School
Miguel (Xolo MaridueƱa), Amanda (Courtney Henggeler), and Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) are attending West Valley High School, filmed at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Adamsville, Atlanta. However, the merciless fight in the season two finale was recorded at Atlanta Technical College.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Adamsville / ATC


Training hill
The training scenes in season one look like the beautiful Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area or somewhere in Stone Mountain Park.
Image courtesy of Netflix Arabia Mountain / Stone Mountain


Encino Oaks Club
The Encino Oaks Country Club where Johnny took his girlfriend Ali in the Karate Kid movie is now frequented by the LaRussos. The exclusive lodge was filmed in the Druid Hills Golf Club. The Oaks on The Beach Club with the swimming pool from episode 4 of season 2 (pictured below) is the Olde Towne Athletic Club in Marietta. The homage to Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, who passed away in 2005) was filmed in the Westview Cemetery, the same location featured in Ozark Season 3.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Druid Hills / Olde Towne / Graveyard


South Seas Apartments
The cool South Seas Apartments with two tall palm trees where Daniel and his mom used to live is located at 19223 Saticoy St in Reseda. Back in 1984, the building was even cooler, featuring a few more large trees. After this scene, the two old rivals have a drink at the 529 Bar in East Atlanta.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Apartment / Pub


Glory of Love Mall
In season two, the beach scene from episode four with Robby (Tanner Buchanan) was filmed at the Tybee Island Pier. The shopping center from Episode 5 is the North DeKalb Mall in Decatur.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Pier / Mall


The Cobra Kai city location
In episode 6, when Johnny and his old high school friends meet in a bar in Big Bear Lake they are actually in the Ideal Sportsbar in Lakewood Heights (Atlanta). The 80's night at the skating rink from episode 8 is the Cascade Family Skating in Adamsville. The episode 9 restaurant where the two couples share a table is the Mojave Restaurant in Sandy Springs.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Bar / Cascade / Restaurant

Season 3 Locations in Japan

Doyona International
In season 3, Daniel travels to Japan, visiting Tomi village in Okinawa (Miyagi’s hometown), featured in The Karate Kid Part II. The twin skyscrapers of the Doyona International headquarters is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The white modern entrance hall is the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Doyona Towers / High Museum of Art

Cobra Kai in Okinawa
Not all of Tomi Village is a shopping mall. The scene pictured on top was filmed at the Mutabaru Observatory Ogimi Village Park, overlooking Shioya Bay and the small Miyagi Island. Later on, Chozen, Daniel's old rival in Karate Kid 2, shows Daniel the secret scrolls of Miyagi-Do in Daisekirinzan in Ashimui. Surrounded by subtropical jungle on the north of the island, this limestone area of rocky peaks is considered Okinawa's oldest sacred place.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Viewpoint / Daisekirinzan

Tomi Village
However, the Tomi Village Green scenes were filmed in the interior courtyard of Kenny's Alley in Underground Atlanta. The Ventura Zoo from episode 9, Feel the Night, is the Fernbank Science Center, a natural history museum located near Decatur.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Kenny's Alley / Museum

Northridge City Council
The Northridge City Council chambers from episode 8, "The Good, The Bad, and the Badass", are actually the Marietta City Hall chambers (Georgia).
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

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37 comments
  1. Where was Bobby skateboarding in s1 e8?

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  2. All i wanna know is why the hell did they shoot the skating episode at Cascade when EVERYBODY knows Cascade is in Atlanta ....(It was obviously in ATL) that somehow bothered me because they are SUPPOSEDLY suppose to be in Cali but i just laughed when that scene came on tbh lol

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  3. Sucks they didn't film it in LA. The backdrops look nothing like LA, especially the scene where Daniel takes Robby to the mountains to practice. Nowhere in California looks anything like that. Lame. Bring back filming to Los Angeles!

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  4. I agree with Sharon, I live close to Big Bear and that bike ride up to Big Bear looks nothing like that!!!! SMH

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  5. Give me a break. No one outside LA knows or cares that it is shot in LA. Hollywood and acting is about making it feel real. To the 98% of the country outside LA it feels right. Love it

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    1. Totally agree! So many things filmed in LA look nothing like the place the show/ movie is actually set in. Let the competition make you better if y’all really care. ATL!

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  6. The training that took place in the mountains appears to be Stone Mountain in GA

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    1. True. To me the lake looks like the one inside stone mountain park that the old fashioned steam boat used to take you around.

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  7. Where is the last shot at the beach when Ali accept his friend request??

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  8. Hiya I am a local Atlanta native and I know the theme park they used for Golf and Stuff is a local theme park called Fun Spot America (formally Dixieland Fun Park) and that was my first day job when I was in High School, The mini golf and arcade are all in that park. The park was also the set for the festival where both dojos put on their demonstrations in Fire and Ice, those carnival rides are all rides I operated on

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  9. Another Motion Picture/Television Show filmed out of state. Good job braniacs!

    Keep those taxes ludicrously high so ALL filming continues migrating not only out of state, but, out of country.
    It's cheaper to move production to Canada versus Hollywood.
    ASININE!

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  10. The interior of the Larusso home - the stairs, doors... is it the Two and a half Men interior re-used?

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    1. Exterior of the house was shot just down the street from me in Marietta (East Cobb) Georgia. Same with the Country Club

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    2. Man i totally thought of this too! The stairs and they entrance door have so much alike

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  11. I just want to know why they shoot Cobra Kai in ATL?

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    1. Basically because of Georgia's tax film incentives.

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    2. same as why they film Ozark, Walking Dead and 100s more. TAX Breaks!

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    3. 1 GA is a beautiful state with beaches, mountains, forests, and new or old historic cities. 2 It isn't closed down by crazy mayors or governors. 3 It welcomes visitors and industry and has the infrastructure to support it. 4 It welcomes the above with tax incentives and an affordable place to work and play by not instituting crazy liberal ideologies that either tax and increase costs or create policy bureaucratic headaches for everyone.

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  12. Buenas alguien sabe donde esta el dojo de miyagui.

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  13. I think the boat scene with Sam and Daniel talking about her panic attacks were filmed at Sweetwater State Park in Lithia Springs, Ga. Not 100 percent certain

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  14. I’ve got another one for you! The first shot of the Doyona Building, in S3:E3, just before the skyscraper shot, is actually the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. That building front was also used in Wakanda as the headquarters location.

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    1. And also 'The Resident' series hospital! Awesome, thanks a lot, Kate!

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  15. I live in Atlanta and in season 3 they steal the snake from the Fernbank Science Center near VA Highlands. I went there often as a nanny, and then with my own kids as well. It’s a small free museum that is usually pretty empty. Not to be confused with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, which is about a quarter mile away from it.

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  16. Wow, the filming is literally all over the place! They even filmed a scene at Tybee Pier, which is close to Savannah where I live. The thing is that they're constantly shooting movies and TV shows in and out of different places in Georgia, but you'd never know, because they keep it real secretive. As already said once before, they also film in so many different places - making the interior of one place completely separate from its exterior, which is in a completely different place. TV magic these days!

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  17. I would like to know what lake Daniel took Sam to in episode 7.

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    1. I came here looking for this same answer. I don’t think it’s anywhere in LA

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    2. It looks like the lake off of Hwy 60 in Dahlonega.

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  18. Even though most of it was filmed in Georgia, a couple parts here and there I think were filmed in southern Cal, such as the exterior shots of Golf'n Stuff and the rotating sign, that was the same exterior shot from Karate Kid, which is in Norwalk, southern Cal.

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  19. What Lake were Daniel and his daughter fishing on in season 3 episode 7. I’m guessing a north GA lake. I died laughing that it’s supposed to be California. To make it believable it has to have a million boats, no smooth water and a dead body or two floating around.

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  20. Does anyone know where the opening scene at the bar was filmed in S3 E4? I'm trying to find the artwork for the amazing wallpaper surrounding the TV!

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  21. The "Northridge City Council" chambers are actually the Marietta City Council chambers.

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  22. I live in London right now but I want to live rest of my life in ATL after watching cobra Kai series, I love it.

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  23. What about Yukie's house? and the miyagi dojo (okinawa)? i know its not in okinawa....;D

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