Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

North by northwest: Sakaiminato, Tottori

Sakaiminato in Tottori

Sakaiminato is a port city in Tottori prefecture.
“Sakai” means “border” in Japanese, and “Minato” is “port”.

It is famous for a Japanese cartoonist called “Shigeru Mizuki”.
(“Shigeru” is his first name.)
He grew up there.
His best known work is “Ge ge ge no Kitaro”, and the city has a street called “The Mizuki Shigeru Road”, which is dedicated to the work with more than hundred statues of its characters.

It’s a small city, and to be honest, I didn’t feel there are very many things to see.
If you don’t know anything about the cartoonist, probably this is not the place to visit.
However, maybe it’s not fair for me to say this, as I stayed there only for a few hours.
I just walked around “The Mizuki Shigeru Road” and the sea side, then I thought “I’ve seen enough”.

According to the official website, there seems to be museums and fish markets.

How to get there

From Okayama station, take a limited express train on “Hakubi Line” to get to “Yonago”. (About 2 hours and 10 min.)
Then change train at “Yonago” for “Sakai Line”. (About 45 min.)
“Sakaiminato” is the terminal of the line.

There is an express bus as well from Okayama to Yonago.
It runs 7 times per day and costs cheaper than train.
It takes about 2 hours and a half.

Sakaiminato city

The highlight of the city is “The Mizuki Shigeru Road”, so all the photos were taken in the street.


- "You-ka Medama Oyaji" (lit. Monster sweets: Eyeball Dad) -

– About “You-ka Medama Oyaji” –
This is the very reason I visited the city.
As soon as I saw a photo of this in a travel guidebook, I strongly felt “I’ve got to eat this!”

It’s a Japanese sweet filled with “an-ko” (red bean paste).
Rather expensive (now 350 yen, about three dollars) and its taste was not extraordinary, but it didn’t matter.
It was important to eat up “Medama Oyaji” at “The Mizuki Shigeru Road”.

It is made by “Saiundo” (Japanese website), a Japanese sweet company in Matsue of Shimane prefecture, which was founded in 1874.
Sold at “Youkai Shokuhin Kenkyuujyo” (Monster Food Lab.), which locates beside “Mizuki Shigeru Museum”.
The official website with funny (or strange?) photos are here.
Open from 9:30 to 17:00, but it may be sold out before the closing time.


- Sign for toilet -
From the left to right: Kitaro, Neko-musume (lit. Cat-girl) and Medama Oyaji (lit. Eyeball Dad)


- "Medama Oyaji" street lamp -


- Stone sculpture of "Medama Oyaji" in a bowl -
Medama Oyaji loves bathing in a rice bowl.


- "Kitaro Taxi" -
See "Medama Oyaji" light(?) on the roof.


- Three bronze sculptures -
The biggest one which is swimming in the water is the carving of Nezumi-otoko (lit. Rat-man), one of the most famous character of "Ge ge ge no Kitaro".
I can not distinguish other two.

Why so many “Medama Oyaji” photos?
It’s just because he is my favourite character.

The following two tabs change content below.


A Japanese living in Okayama. A proud "Otaku"! Loves animals, snacks, manga, games (PC, iPad, Nintendo DS, PSP), foreign TV dramas, traveling and football (soccer).

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:


Night Art Aquarium: Dance of a Goldfish

My visit to Japan would not be complete without traveling to the city of Kyoto. I have been there so many times before that one might wonder what is there more to see? This time around I came to see not the cherry blossoms, the temples, nor the momiji leaves that where in season (though […]

Read Article


Visiting Hokuei – The Birthplace of Detective Conan

One of the longest running manga and anime today is Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan) or known as Case Closed in the West. To date, the manga has more than 80 volumes and the anime has more than 700 episodes. For those who are not familiar with it, it is about highschool detective who […]

Read Article

byodoin temple

Kyoto Quest : Byodoin Temple (平等院) in Uji

Overview of Byodoin(平等院) Temple Byodoin Temple was built by the Regent, Fujiwara no Yorimichi, by rebuilding the villa of Michinaga, his father in 1052. In 1053, the following year, Amidado(Amitabha Hall) was built, where Amitabha Tathagata is enshrined, and is now called Hoo-do(Phoenix Hall). It is an elegant and ornate structure, in the image of […]

Read Article

Saya bridge in Kotohira

Due south: Kotohira City in Kagawa

Konpira in Kagawa (5) Konpira city centre Konpira is the main sightseeing spot in Kotohira City, but there are some others to see. So, it’s nice to look around if you’ve got a time.   [Saya-bashi (Saya bridge)] “Saya” means scabbard. It is said that this bridge was originally built in Genroku era, the early […]

Read Article

Raw Whitebait Rice Bowl (Nama Shirasu Don)

Japanese Seasonal Food: Fresh Raw Whitebait Bowl

One of the things that I look forward every year during this spring season in Japan is having “nama shirasu don.” What is “Nama Shirasu Don”? “Nama shirasu don” is a bowl of rice topped with raw whitebait. “Nama” means raw while “shirasu” means whitebait (in Japan, mostly it refers to the young anchovies). Although you can […]

Read Article

Tokyo Tower - the virtual world -

Into the Virtual World: Visiting Real-World Anime and Video Game Locations

Ever been fascinated with the sometimes too-good-to-be-true places you see in Japanese video games and anime? Ever wondered if the places are true so you can visit them to feel what it’s like to be there? Well, how about I tell you that some of them do really exist? And most of them, yeah you […]

Read Article

Osafune sword craft centre

Osafune in Okayama : The land of Japanese sword – Part 2 –

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum (1) About 30 minute walk from the Kagato station. It’s an institution with a sword museum, a shop, a forge and a sword craft centre. It cost me 500 yen (in November 2014) to enter the museum, but others were free. There were no swordsmiths nor craftsmen except one when […]

Read Article

School in Takahashi

Takahashi in Okayama, Japan -Part 2-

The Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle in Takahashi city(2) When I reached the top, I found a tea server. “Bicchuu Uji-cha”, a local tea was served and it was free. “Thank god, I can cool my throat”, I thought, but surprisingly it was steaming hot! I didn’t want to waste my tea, so I waited until it […]

Read Article

Date Masamune Tanbo Art

Amazing Rice Paddy Art in Inakadate

People make art almost everywhere: canvasses, walls, streets, and rice fields. Wait, rice fields? Yes, you read it right. Rice paddy art or known as Tanbo art (田んぼアート) in Japan is the best thing to happen to rice fields before the rice are harvested and served on our plates. Inakadate, Aomori Inakadate is a village […]

Read Article


Learning, More Fun in Nagoya City Science Museum

Since grade school, I always like science museums. Learning outside the four corners of the classroom or beyond the books and wiki pages I read is fun and more exciting than sitting for hours. Interactivity is the key here. It is because I learn and remember more when I can use more than one of […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+