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Shigeru Mizuki Road: 153 Yokai Hiding in Sakaiminato City, Tottori

“Shigeru Mizuki Road” is a shopping district located in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture. Sakaiminato City is a thriving community along the Japan Sea, and it is also the birthplace of Shigeru Mizuki, the founding father of Japan’s yokai-manga genre and the creator of “GeGeGe no Kitaro”.

On the Shigeru Mizuki Road, you can closely feel various yokai monsters produced by Shigeru Mizuki. The area is packed with so many yokai-related contents from yokai-theme products for sale, Shigeru Mizuki Museum, to unique yokai statues blended in the community that you cannot enjoy everything in one day.

By actually visiting the Shigeru Mizuki Road myself, I am introducing its highlights this time, focusing on facilities I would like you to visit, too.

 

It’s Fun to Look for Yokai Statues That Are Blended in Town

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Writer’s Photo: Objet d’art: “Kitaro”

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Writer’s Photo: Objet d’art: Yokai “Betobeto-san”

On the Shigeru Mizuki Road, yokai monsters are hiding all over the place. They are statues of familiar yokai monsters that appeared in the anime “GeGeGe no Kitaro”, including the main character Kitaro, Sunakake Babaa, Nezumi Otoko and others.  Just walking around the area is so exciting.

Every statue is equipped with a QR code, and by reading it with your cellular phone or smart phone, you can learn more information on the yokai.

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Writer’s Photo: Manhole cover decorated with yokai “Nurikabe”

Incidentally when I looked down at my feet, to my surprise, I found yokai on a manhole cover! I had visited the Shigeru Mizuki Road myself already twice in the past, but when I walked around carefully, I find something different every time. This is a place you can come and enjoy as many times as you like. 

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Café “GeGeGe no Yokai Rakuen” to Relax

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When you go off a little from the main street of the shopping district, there is a café called “GeGeGe no Yokai Rakuen (Paradise)”. The café has many tables and chairs placed outside, so it is a perfect place to stop by and give your feet a rest. There are stalls for a shooting game and lottery, so this place is especially recommended for families with children. I am sure children would love this café.

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Writer’s Photo: “Medama no oyaji” cappuccino

You can also enjoy soft drinks and light meals inside the GeGeGe no Yokai Rakuen. When I ordered a cappuccino, I found a yokai hidden in it, too. An order of drink is served with a coaster with an illustration of a scene from GeGeGe no Kitaro. This will make a nice memory for your visit or a souvenir.

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Shigeru Mizuki Museum

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Writer’s Photo

When you continue walking on the Shigeru Mizuki Road, you come to Shigeru Mizuki Museum at the end. You can learn about the life of Shigeru Mizuki in this facility.

The exhibition includes introductions of numerous manga produced by Shigeru Mizuki and a complete reproduction of his study. The moment you step into the museum, you are truly in the world of Shigeru Mizuki. 

Near the reception area of the museum, you can purchase Shigeru Mizuki’s manga as well. One of the appeals of this place is that you can readily obtain manga of yokai you’ve gained interest in after enjoying the Shigeru Mizuki Road and the museum.

 

<Access> Information: Map
 – If you are coming by car
Take Yonago Expressway to Yonago IC (Exit)
Take Route 431 to Sakaiminato City (approximately 40 minutes)
Follow the sign of “Shigeru Mizuki Road”.
 – If you are coming by train
10 minute walk from JR Sakaiminato Station on the JR Sakai Line.

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Ryo Sakai

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A male in his 20s and his birthplace is in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hobbies include fishing, anime and watching movies. He also loves things that are retro, and is a retro games collector.

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