Gegege no Kitaro

The port town of Sakaiminato dedicated to animation

By Judith Mikami    - 1 min read

Gegege no Kitaro is a character created by Shigeru Mizuki and can be seen everywhere in the port town of Sakaiminato.  In fact this Japanese animation and its creator have made this small port town a major tourist attraction and has keep this small area abuzz with business and industry for the local community.  If you visit Sakaiminato Town you can get their on a specially designed local train, or fly into Yonago City airport (now renamed Yonago Kitaro Airport) or sail in on a ship dedicated to the characters.  Whichever way you decide to get there you will spend a great time walking up and down Mizuki Shigero Road, join in on the stamp hunt, and eat a huge selection of character inspired sweets. 

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Judith Mikami

Judith Mikami @judith.mikami

Hi, I’m Judith Mikami originally from Auckland, New Zealand. I came to Japan about twenty years ago to experience a culture and country very different from my homeland. Like many who have ventured to Japan I fell in love with the people, culture and places and before I knew it I would meet my husband. I have lived only in Okayama Prefecture and call this area my home away from home.