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Guinness World Record: Kappa collection in Yaizu City!

TACH-CHAN’S KAPPA MUSEUM in Shizuoka

In Shizuoka Prefecture, we do hold quite a few records. But in Yaizu City, one can discover a most unusual world record: the biggest collection of Kappa in the world!

First of all, for more information on Kappa/河童 you can read THIS.

At the time Mr. Tatsuo Kitano/北野龍雄さん got official recognition as a Guinness World Record holder, he had already collected no less than 7,000 items. After more than 50 years spent chasing them, however, he has accumulated more than 10,000 of them and all are exhibited in one single place!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Mr. Kitano had this house built for the sole purpose of housing his collection

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Guinness record

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

There are crowds of them having fun in the water or welcoming you

This was my first visit but writing about 10,000 kappa in a single report being impossible, I will have to go there on a regular basis for quite some time. This time is only an introduction!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Welcome!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

There is even a mock kappa temple/shrine and cemetery

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa under blossoming plum trees!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

A real Kappa post box

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

A more solemn welcome

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

The two floors are filled to capacity down to the entrance lobby. Mr. Kitano or his wife will be there to welcome you and introduce everything during your visit.

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa happi/festival jackets

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Mr. Kitano has been recognized by all kappa to be one of them

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

The official recognition as a Guinness World Record

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa wearing a scallop shell as their cap from Iwate prefecture, supposedly the birthplace of the Kappa

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

A bear-like Kappa from Hokkaido

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Ladies soccer match between Japanese and American Kappa

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Note their head caps

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa playing baseball under the watchful eyes of their Goddess

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa Philarmonic Band

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

In this river scene the human baby is Mr. Kitano who affirms he is one of the few humans having seen real kappa.

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Apparently Kappa in Kyushu are well-endowed

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Rural fun-loving Kappa

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Dragon-riding Kappa and “dragon” is actually half of Mr. Kitano’s first name

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa drawings collection

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa at soba stand

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa playing with a “Tach-chan” kite in front of Mount Fuji

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Flower-viewing party in front of Mount Fuji, remember that sake is the Kappa’s favorite drink!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa family’s picnic near Mount Fuji under the cherry blossoms

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

 

Apparently all these lady Kappa are trying to force their way into a park where a single male Kappa is fishing.

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Cute Kappa girls!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa trophies from Taipei, Taiwan

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

 

Rewards and letters from friends and fans!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

The upper floor

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.A Kappa painted by an American artist!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.American Kappa?

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa fan collection

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.A donated sign for the museum

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Painting by a very famous Japanese artist

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Dangerous Kappa!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa procession

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Modern Kappa ladies?

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa dance

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Cute Kappa girl!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa stories!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

 

Kappa befriending animals!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa masks

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa portable phone pendants

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa ladies at a hot spring

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa playing with an eel

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.This beautiful lady has lost her soul and became a Kappa!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.A dragon-flying Kappa!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa trying to look after cranes and explain the situation to an unhappy carp

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Another grand Kappa flying a Dragon

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.A colourful Kappa family

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

The serious business that is to all Kappa: sake or shochu drinking!

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

These kappas can be found hiding in an izakaya

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Kappa sake bottles

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa One Sake Cups

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.Kappa imbibing with fellow monsters, can you spot it?

 

Shizuoka Prefecture holds quite a few world records, but none so unusual as: the biggest collection of Kappa in Yaizu City.

Here he is!

 

TACH-CHAN’S KAPPA MUSEUM/龍ちゃんのカッパ館

Shizuoka Prefecture, Yaizu City, Daibashira, 746-2 (Get off at Nishi Yaizu JR Station South Exit and get off the bus at Dai bashira Stop/大住バス停
静岡県焼津市大住746-2
Tel.: 054-629-7171
Opening hours: 10:00~17:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entrance fee: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for children
Call in advance if you are a big group!
Ring at entrance to be let in first!

    
Name TACH-CHAN’S KAPPA MUSEUM
Category Museum
Address 746-2 Ōzumi Yaizu-city, Shizuoka-prefecture
Access
746-2 Ōzumi Yaizu-city, Shizuoka-prefecture
Opening Hours 10:00~17:00
Price Range ¥300
Payment options Cash