If you happen to be in Houki Town, Tottori Prefecture or perhaps on your way to Tottori Flower Park, you will certainly see a gigantic statue perched upon a building with a bright red Shinto gate in front of it. The statue is an oni or “demon”, a figure popular in both traditional Japanese folklore and popular culture. This particular demon guards the entrance to the Oni Museum and Oni Ko Land.
The museum hosts multi-media images related to the history of oni and displays a varied collection of eye-catching masks and statues. The entrance fee is 500 yen for adults and 200 yen for children.
Paired with the museum is Oni Ko Land (Oni Child Land). It is a large playground full of incredibly long roller slides, a miniature locomotive and climbing forts. General admission is free but some attractions require a fee.
Oni Ko Land is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm from April to November. It is closed from December to March and on Tuesdays and national holidays throughout the year. If a national holiday falls on a Tuesday, the playground will be closed the following day.
Access: Oni Museum and Oni Ko Land are accessible by taxi from Mizoguchi Station on the Sannin train line.
About the Area
Western Tottori Prefecture is packed with places to go activities to experience. You can start up in the mountains of Daisen Town and of course make your way to the summit. On a clear day you might even be able to see the Korean peninsula in the distance.
Visit all the temples that are associated with Daisen-ji Temple and take part in their annual activities.Take a tour and treat yourself to a meal at one of the many fashionable restaurants to recharge your batteries before continuing on.
Nearby Heizu Town is a compact seaside enclave where you can spend the day learning about their interesting community. It is also a prime spot for delicious seafood.
Sakaiminato is a classic Japanese port city where angling is alive and well. Stop by the docks for a look at the colorfully flagged ships before they set out to sea.
Another important aspect of the city is the life and work of famed comic artist and writer Mizuki Shigeru. Walk down Mizuki Shigeru road and encounter many of his ghoulish creations.
Yonago is the urban center of the Sanin region and a hot spring destination as well. Some visitors come to the city just for the spas and the ornate traditional multi-course meals.
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