Home town of the manga artist of its namesake, Sakaiminato’s Mizuki Shigeru Road is a popular destination for children and adults alike. The road, extending from Sakaiminato Station into the city proper, is an 800-meter-long arcade with some 153 bronze statues of Mizuki’s fantasy creatures on display, including details on each character. Stopping for a close look at each of these could take all day! A stroll along the road at night, when all the statues are lit up, is an altogether different delight. From the healing Kappa Spring, to the Yokai Jinja, a sort of fantasy shrine at which fortune slips can be drawn, to the Yokai Post, where mail with the ‘fairy postmark’ gets delivered, Mizuki Shigeru Road will surround you with bizarre creatures.
To Make the Most of Mizuki Shigeru Road
Option 1: Rent a bicycle
Bicycles can be rented at the Sakaiminato Tourism Office, located inside the Minatosakai kouryuukan right next to Saikaminato Station. Sightseeing guides and pamphlets are also available.
Option 2: Get your hands on a Yokai Guidebook
Collect yokai stamps at the different facilities along Mizuki Shigeru Road, and exchange the stamps for various gifts available only at the Sakaiminato Tourism Office.
Option 3: Learn more about the creatures
Each bronze statue is equipped with a bar code reader. Scan it with your mobile telephone to get more detailed information and become a ‘creature connoisseur’!
Option 4: Rest on a creature bench!
Mizuki Shigeru Road has tons of things to see. If you’re tired of walking or want to sit for a takeaway meal, plenty of benches are available along the road.
Option 5: Get your picture taken with the creatures
You’ll meet famous characters like Kitaro and Neko Musume along the road. Commemorate the experience with a photograph.
Tons of Kitaro goods can only be bought at the shops on Mizuki Shigeru Road! The shops are full of eats like Kitaro bread and creature-shaped cakes. You might become a ‘creature connoisseur’ here too!
http://www2.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/566 Mizuki Shigeru Museum
Filming location for the 2010 Korean TV drama Athena: Goddess of War
Vicinity of Suehiro-cho, Yonago City, Tottori (800 metres long beginning at Sakaiminato Station)
|TEL||0859-47-0121 (Sakaiminato Tourism Bureau)|
Large bus special parking available (free)
|Access||By car, 30 min. From Yonago Expwy Yonago IC, or 10 min. from Yonago Kitaro Airport, directly adjacent to Sakaiminato Station.|