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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 was drugged by a criminal organization and was turn into a child. Now using the name Conan Edogawa, he is trying to uncover what the criminal organization is.

Gosho Aoyama and Meitantei Conan

Meitantei Conan is the one of the famous works of Gosho Aoyama whose birthplace is the town of Hokuei in Tottori Prefecture. To honor Gosho Aoyama and his works as a Mangaka (manga writer), the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory was opened in March 2007 in his hometown, Hokuei. Last summer 2013, we had our chance to visit the place. Though we’re late and not lucky enough to enter the museum, our time there was not wasted. Outside the museum is the street called Conan Road. Along it are statues and other stuff related to the manga and we had fun in finding them.

Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

The Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory in Hokuei, Tottori

Professor Agasa's car

For those who are not familiar with the Conan, this may seem just like normal car parked outside the museum. Actually, it is a replica of one of the characters, Professor Agasa’s car. Professor Agasa knows who Conan is and helps him in his mission of overthrowing the criminal gang known as the Black Organization.

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A map showing where the statues can be found.

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As a kid, Conan is a member of the Detective Boys or Junior Detective League. Aside from him, only one kid knows who he really is.

manga blocks

Along the road outside the museum, you can see these blocks with the pictures of Meitantei Conan manga covers. We only found 20 blocks.

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The Conan Bridge.

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This bronze panel and three others adorn the Conan bridge.

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One of the statues at the end of the bridge.

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Before he turned into a kid, Conan is Shinichi Kudou. He calls himself a highschool detective and helps the police in solving crimes.

mahole cover

Even manhole covers in the area are drawn with Detective Conan.

lamp post

Not only manhole covers but also street lamp posts are adorned with Detective Conan stuff.

How to Access the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

If you are planning to visit Hokuei or the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, the place can be reached by riding a JR San-in Line from Tottori Station to Yura Station. For reference, check the map below.

The Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory is open whole year and has a fee of 700 yen for adults, 500 for Junior and Senior High School students, 300 yen for Elementary School students and free entrance for preschoolers. For more info, visit their official site: Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory.

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