GeGeGe no Kitaro Street and Yokai Temple ゲゲゲの鬼太郎の通りと妖怪の神社

Le magasin GeGeGe no Kitaro à Chofu

The GeGeGe no Kitaro store in Chofu


Welcome to the most haunted place in Chofu!

From writers and painters to filmmakers and mangaka, yokai (spirits of Japanese folklore) have fascinated artists for generations. Among the works that have paid homage to these little creatures, GeGeGe no Kitaro is undoubtedly one of the most popular. Cult manga from the 1960s directed by Shigeru Mizuki, GeGeGe no Kitaro helped popularize ghost stories about the archipelago. And especially in Chofu, near the Jindaiji temple which is nicknamed "the yokai temple".


Created in 1959 by mangaka Shigeru Mizuki, GeGeGe no Kitaro is a fantastic manga that traces the adventures of Kitaro, a young yokai who fights for peace in a world where yokai are supposed to live in harmony with men.

Mediators of the two camps, Kitaro and his friends, will then have to take turns protecting men from evil spirits but also ensuring that the latter do not suffer the consequences of human madness, which is gradually beginning to destroy nature so dear to the hearts of Shinto.

See: Shintoism

Le jeune Kitaro est un yokai qui protège les hommes comme les esprits

Young Kitaro is a yokai who protects both men and spirits

GeGeGe no Kitaro et ses amis

GeGeGe no Kitaro and his friends


As such, the manga gave rise to several animated productions. First in 1968, then several times over the next 50 years.

This year, a new production even saw the light of day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first adaptation!

In all, it would be no less than four animated series, eight films, and several video games that today make up the still popular universe of Kitaro.

To go further: Books of Japanese legends

GeGeGe no Kitaro en 2018

GeGeGe no Kitaro in 2018

Located at the entrance of the Jindaiji temple, the "food street" of Chofu is not only renowned for its culinary specialties.

Between the senbei (rice crackers) and the soba (buckwheat noodles), there are many little beings, each more surprising than the other: Tanuki, Maneki-neko, Kitsune, and spirits are everywhere! From the restaurants displaying statues of y okai to attract customers to the lanterns on which they appear, the whole street bears the effigy of the little monsters of Japanese folklore.

Soba noodles served cold.


Jardin botanique de Jindaiji

Jindaiji Botanical Garden


Jindaiji, le "temple des yokai"

Jindaiji, the "yokai temple"


Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    20 min by bus from Mitaka Station (Chuo Line), Jindaiji stop.
  • Price

    Temple: free entry, Buddha statue 300 yen $2.50/2.25€.
  • Access

    Temple: 9 am-5 pm., Buddha statue visible only on the 8th of each month Garden: 9:30 am-5 pm.

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