Skip to content

Tanushimaru Station: Kappa Train Station With A Themed Cafe Modelled After The Mythical Creature

Tanushimaru Station

In Japan, it’s common to pay tribute to mythical creatures through statues and paintings. But things get real when an entire train station is modelled after a mythical creature. If you love kappa – Japanese mythological creatures that love cucumbers – Tanushimaru Station might just be your kappa tea. You’ll see why.

Kappa monuments

Located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Tanushimaru Town is believed to be the birthplace of the kappa (河童; river child) legend. Among the town’s numerous tributes to the mythical creature is Tanushimaru Station, which has a green roof reminiscent of a kappa’s head dish and a sheltered entrance that resembles its yellow beak.

To top it off, the train station has 2 oval windows that represent the kappa’s eyes.

Tanushimaru Station - station exterior
Image adapted from:

Near the station, you’ll find numerous kappa monuments. Some are cute and small while others are alarmingly large, but all of them make for great photo spots

Tanushimaru Station - kappa monuments
Image adapted from:
@MMXV_masahiko, @mugi_ekimemo, @welcome_kurume

One such monument is located within Tanushimaru Station. The said kappa dons a railway uniform cap and a sash that says “Kappa Station” in Japanese, and it tirelessly keeps watch at the station, come rain or shine.

Kappa-themed cafe

Tanushimaru Station - kapateria cafe
Image adapted from:
@kapateria, Kapateria

Tanushimaru Station houses the Kapateria cafe, which – as you might have guessed from its name, is kappa-themed. The cafe’s cosy interior is livened up with miniature figurines of the aquatic folkloric figure – they’re so cute that you’d almost forget that kappa can become malicious in some tales.

Tanushimaru Station - kappa macarons kappa curry
Image adapted from:
@welcome_kurume, @ahrm45

The cafe’s menu offers a wide range of kappa-themed food items, including Kappa macarons (¥630, ~USD4.31) that come in sets of 3 and Kappa curry (¥1,200, ~USD8.20), which is only sold on weekends.

Tanushimaru Station - smoothie
Image adapted from:
@notty_1296, @kapateria

If you choose to visit Kapateria on an unbearably hot days, consider refreshing yourself with their Kapateria smoothie (¥1,200, ~USD8.20) and homemade gelato (¥200, ~USD1.37)

Spend a day at Tanushimaru Station

The adorable Tanushimaru Station is a great getaway from the metropolis’ monochromatic and cookie-cutter train stations. Before you leave, make sure to dine at Kapateria, the station’s in-house cafe, and treat yourself to a well-deserved break with kappa-themed food.

Tanushimaru Station
Address: 1015-2 Tanushimaru Town, Kurume City, 839-1233 Fukuoka

Address: 1015-2 Tanushimaru Town, Kurume City, 839-1233 Fukuoka
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10am-5pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: 0943-72-5225 | Kapateria website

Also check out:

Cover image adapted from: @999yukky, @mugi_ekimemo, @welcome_kurume