"Kitaro" is a representative works of Shigeru Mizuki. The first issue was published in 1960. "Kitaro's graveyard" was serialized in Shonen Magazine from 1965. The animated version was broadcast in 1968. Since then a lot of manga, anime has been made. Kitaro is popular with children and adults even now. This work taught the existence of Yokais to children.
There is Shigeru Mizuki Road in Sakaiminato since it's the birthplace of Shigeru Mizuki.
Themes of the Shigeru Mizuki Road portray a view of his work. Shigeru Mizuki Road is about 1km long. There are a lot of Yokai bronze statue on the road. Also, there are a lot of Yokai spot. Yokai fans from all over the country gather in Sakaiminato. The number is more than 1 million annually.
This time let's make a pilgrimage to "Yokai Town" Sakaiminato! Start point is Yonago Station.
Nezumi Otoko Station → Kitaro Station → Yokai shrine → Kitaro and eyeball father of bronze statue → Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
・From Tokyo Tokyo → Haneda Airport - airplane → Yonago Airport → Yonago 3 hours and 30 minutes
・From Sapporo Sapporo → New Chitose Airport - airplane → Haneda Airport - airplane → Yonago Airport → Yonago 6 hours
・From Nagoya Nagoya - Shinkansen → Okayama - express Yakumo → Yonago 4 hours
・From Osaka Osaka → Shin-Osaka - Shinkansen → Okayama - express Yakumo → Yonago 3 hours and 30 minutes
・From hakata Hakata - Shinkansen → Okayama - express Yakumo → Yonago 4 hours
JR Yonago Station is nicknamed "Nezumi Otoko Station" in reference to the popular manga and anime character. You can get to Sakaiminato station from Yonago Station through JR Sakaiminato line. Yonago Station is actually the beginning of the line. There is a Nezumiotoko wooden statue on JR Yonago Station's platform, so Nezumi Otoko is welcoming you to Sakaiminato. The trains wrapped in illustrations of Kitaro and Yōkais. Also, Kitaro and Nekomusume speaks for the train announcement.
If you go to Sakaiminato, let's get on this train.
Sakaiminato is the birth town of Shigeru Mizuki, the author of Kitaro. JR Sakaiminato Station is the entrance of the town, so Sakaiminato Station of the nickname is "Kitaro Station".
There is a bronze statue of Shigeru Mizuki, who wrote the comic, in front of the station building with Kitaro, Medama-oyaji and Nezumi Otoko watching Shigeru Mizuki. Do not miss the Yōkai post next to the bronze statue of Shigeru Mizuki!
There is also an enormous Yōkai mural in Sakai Minato Exchange Center situated in front of the station. The mural is 7.5m high and 20.25m high.
The Yōkai mural welcomes you to Sakaiminato.
There is a Yōkai Shrine on Mizuki Shigeru Road. It is a 6-minute walk to the east from station.
Yōkai Shrine is a place where Yōkai gather. It was built in the January 1, 2000. This shrine will pray for protect the natural environment.
If you visit here, maybe you will be lucky by the force of the Yōkai.
There is a bridge on Mizuki Shigeru Road. It is a 6-minute walk east of the station. There is a bronze statue of Kitaro on the bridge, and there is a eyeball in the hand of Kitaro.
There is a bronze statue of Nezumiotoko on the opposite side of the bridge.
There are also more than 130 monsters bronze statues on Shigeru Mizuki Road. Let's look for them. You can try to find a lot of Yōkai!
Shigeru Mizuki Memorial Museum was erected as the culmination of Shigeru Mizuki's work. This museum is truly the world of Shigeru Mizuki! There is Mizuki's Yōkai related collections, Yōkai objects and manga works.
Sometimes, peoples dressed as Kitaro and Nekomusume appears.
If you like Mizuki's works, you should visit it.
The museum is opened seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is 700 yen for adults.
It is about a 10-minute walk from station.