Kaiyodo Kappa Museum

海洋堂かっぱ館(Kaiyodo Kappakan)
Meet Japan’s mythical kappa!
Kappa are one of Japan’s best-known legendary creatures. They are said to be about the size of a child, and are recognizable by their green skin, small beaks, turtle shells on their backs, and the plate on the top of their heads. Kappa inhabit areas around rivers or ponds, and are tricksters who love to play pranks on humans or challenge people to sumo matches. Their favorite food is said to be cucumbers. These green creatures have appeared in legends going back hundreds of years from all around the country.
The Kaiyodo Kappa Museum pays homage to these legendary creatures, with around 600 statues and artwork on display. From kappa samurai and comical scenes to rather creepy creations, visitors will see many different sides of these cucumber-loving water sprites. Behind the museum there is a shrine dedicated to kappa, surrounded by hundreds of handmade wooden figures.
The museum itself looks like a fairytale cottage and is located in the forested mountains near the Shimanto River, the perfect place to have an encounter with one of these mythical creatures. The Kaiyodo Hobby Museum Shimanto , dedicated to the company’s super-detailed figurines, is just 5 minutes away.
Culture & Art
Address 高知県高岡郡四万十町打井川685-1 (685-1, Utsuigawa, Shimanto Town, Takaoka Gun, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 0880-29-3678
OpenMarch to October: 10:00-18:00
November to February: 10:00-17:00
*Last entry is 30mins before closing time
ClosedTuesdays (If Tuesday is a public holiday, then the following Wednesday)
December 28 to January 1
※Open every day during summer holidays (fourth week of July until the end of August)
Price●Age 16 and over : 500 yen
●Between age 7 and 15 : 300 yen
●Age 6 and under : Free
*Price includes taxes
DirectionsAbout 30 min drive from Shimantocho-chuo IC on Kochi Expressway
Website Website
Map Code466 889 117*11

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