At the beginning of each game in the Animal Crossing series, the player will move into a town or village where the game takes place. The first person to load the game is given the task of naming the town.
The landscape of each town varies and it is very unlikely that two towns will be the same. It is surrounded on three sides by high cliffs, while the other edge is a beach, bordering on the sea. A waterfall marks the entrance of a river to the town, which makes its way towards the sea. The river will sometimes branch off in a two-pronged fork, creating an islet in the village. One can cross the river using bridges. The town is home to a variety of flora; many types of trees and flowers grow there.
In this town, there are many buildings, most of which are the homes of the villagers. There are also shops, such as Tom Nook's store (Nooklings in New Leaf) and the Able Sisters. Other buildings include the post office or town hall and the police station or town gate.
In Animal Crossing there is a train station, which is where the player first arrives in the town and travels to friends' towns. In Animal Crossing: City Folk there is a bus stop, which the player can use to take the bus to the city. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the train station separates the land that holds the village and Main Street, with the same use as in Animal Crossing.