Kansai has many scenes and sites linked with manga and anime. This page introduces museums, fun-filled events and other opportunities for thorough immersion in the attractions of manga and anime at any time. Enjoy Japanese manga and anime in its global heartland.
Tottori Mizuki Shigeru Road & Mizuki Shigeru Museum
Mizuki Shigeru Road, about 800 meters long, is located in Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture, the hometown of Shigeru Mizuki, the author of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro.
It features a monster world with bronze statues of more than 150 supernatural monsters called Yokai, the Spring of Kappa, Yokai Shrine, etc. Also, the Mizuki Shigeru Museum is packed full of highlights, including exhibits that tell all about Mizuki in addition to the Yokai monsters. It’s a place that both adults and children can enjoy.
Tottori Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport & Yonago Kitaro Airport
There are two airports in Tottori Prefecture and both are the only two airports in the world bearing the names of manga characters. The names are “Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport” and “Yonago Kitaro Airport” because, as you may know, the authors of Detective Conan and Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro are both from Tottori. Conan and Kitaro welcome visitors from around the world!
Kyoto Sound! Euphonium Uji Tour Map
“Sound! Euphonium” is a story of high school students who work with wind instrument music. The Uji City government has prepared the “Sound! Euphonium Uji Tour Map,” convenient for visiting locations in the story.
Shiga Old Toyosato Elementary School Buildings
Designed by William M. Vories, it was built as an elementary school in 1937. Since it resembles a school building appearing in one of Japan's most popular manga, many manga fans revere the spot and it has been receiving many visitors. Nearly 50,000 fans from all over the world come to visit every year.
This popular comic depicts the growth of the heroine Chihaya Ayase, who wants to be Queen (women’s champion) of the national karuta competition using Hyakunin-Isshu , her friends, and her rivals.
Kyoto Kyoto International Manga Museum
The Kyoto International Manga Museum was established as a joint project by the city of Kyoto and Kyoto Seika University. Collecting and storing manga and related documents,
Hyogo Takarazuka Municipal Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
During his lifetime, Osamu Tezuka created approximately 700 manga works totaling approximately 150,000 pages, and produced more than 60 animation works.
Tottori Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory / Conan Street
On Conan Street, you can find numerous bronze statues of Detective Conan,each featuring a different pose.
Fukui Tsuruga Symbol Road
The port and railway have brought prosperity to Tsuruga for many years. The first steam train along the Sea of Japan ran through Tsuruga and ships used to sail directly between Tsuruga and Vladivostok.