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Address: Tsuchibuchi Tsuchibuchicho, Tono 028-0555, Iwate Prefecture
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Interesting for Kappa fans

If you're not interested in the mythology of kappas, then this place might get lost on you. In front of Kappabuchi is Jokakoji temple, which is small but still interesting with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 March 2016
Simone R
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Melbourne, Australia
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Tono, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This tourist attraction is perfect for families and children. There are fishing poles with cucumbers on them that you fish with. If you are lucky, you will catch the folklore legend: THE KAPPA! This is a beautiful area for a picnic, as it is a very shaded/flat area. It is beautiful to visit in the Fall/Spring. Enjoy this Mystic Legend!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

If you're not interested in the mythology of kappas, then this place might get lost on you. In front of Kappabuchi is Jokakoji temple, which is small but still interesting with its kappa statues. Our taxi driver pointed out that the lion dog statues were actually kappa dog statues, with little concave sections at the top of their heads! Walking... More 

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Miri, Malaysia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Basically there's nothing to see here. It's just a stream round the back of a temple. It's also quite hard to find as the signposts disappear when you get to the area. We got directions from locals but it wasn't worth it. Don't bother!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is a nice place to come to learn about the little kappa creatures that are favored in the old folktale legends. I really loved this places. You could have a nice lunch and wait for one to appear.......maybe. :-)

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Tokyo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

The Tono area is reputedly the home of the Kappa, river sprites who love cucumbers. This little pond, adjacent to a small shrine, is the local place dedicated to the Kappa. It's quirky and cute, with fishing poles with cucumbers and some Kappa statues. The shrine is a quaint little one, also worth a look. If you're lucky, you might... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Fun enough if you're very interested in Kappa, however otherwise it's a rather unremarkable bit of river with a strange little shrine. There are fishing-rods with cucumber attached as bait that you can use to attempt fishing up a kappa, which is probably fun for kids and hardcore kappa-enthusiasts.

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