Shwatch! Let Us Go Out★
Walking around Sukagawa. Explore the Secrets of Taimatsu-dori Area!!
Sukagawa City, a hometown of god of tokusatsu [special filming], is also a sister city of a homeland of Ultraman, “Nebula M78 Land of Light”. In Sukagawa, majestic statues of Ultra-warriors and other monsters can be seen here and there! Check on Taimatsu-dori, a station square, and city hall! Also, Eiji Tsuburaya Museum has been newly opened at Sukagawa Civic Center, “tette”! Let’s go on a patrol with STYLE defense force!
Sukagawa Station Square
A monument statue to celebrate a friendship of sister cities. So muscular! This is the start!!
2. Ultraman Taro
Right after crossing Shakado river. The second ultra-warrior you will find! It is still just the beginning!!
3.Ultra no Haha [Mother of Ultra]
Her main mission is a relief activity and nursing care for ultra-warriors. Her lullaby is best in the universe! With her huge love like the sun, she watches over the warriors!!
4. Space Dinosaur Zetton
Space Dinosaur is here! Beat it up, Ultraman!! Sophie is waiting across the street, too!
5. Ultraman Jack
Ultraman Returns. He is holding Ultra Spark in his hand! The bracelet type versatile weapon was given by Ultra Seven!!
6. Ultra Seven
“Seven, seveeen…♪” You might have heard. There is a very famous Japanese song of Ultra Seven. He attacks space invaders with Terrestrial Defense Force. As the song says, his energy sparks when he transforms with a special tool, Ultra Eye!!
7. Ancient Monster Gomora
Very popular monster among Ultraman’s series. Despite his quiet nature, when he gets attacked, he fights back with his powerful tail attack, “Megaton Tail”!
8. Coin Monster, Kanegon
This monster has been popular for long since one of its series, “Ultra Q” went on air. Try not to keep looking for dropped coins, otherwise you might be going to be the coin monster, too?? Good place to sit and wait for a bus, or take photos♡
You are at the Intersection with Route 118
Command: “You have reached a turning point. Go back to Taimatsu-dori, and take the other sidewalk.
9. Ultra no Chichi [Father of Ultra] (Located inside Sukagawa City Hall’s property)
A father watches over ultra-warriors with the mother. Surrounded by a small soft lawn. Nice place to take photos with family, or a date.
Ultra-famous hero. In this special move pose, he shoots a spacium beam! Shwatch!!
11. Friendly Rare Monster Pigmon
This rare monster is not only adorable but very friendly. Have a seat and take a break♪
15. Space Monster Eleking
Rocketed to fame in one of the series, Ultra Seven. Watch out for his electric shock attack!!
16. Giant Space Monster Bemstar
Stay alert! Bemstar has showed up around KENSHIN (Fukushima Commerce and Industry Credit Union)!! Be careful with a pentagon-shaped mouth on his belly. He is going to suck up your energy with it!! Jack, we need you!
The eldest one of Ultra brothers. Space Guard Captain of Land of Light in Nebula M78.
His special attack, M87 beam is said to be the strongest among those of his brothers!!
18. Ultraman A (Ace)
Patrol is still ongoing… This ultra-warrior is coalesced and transformed from two persons, Hokuto and Minami. Kind of eccentric but cool!!
Sukagawa Civic Center, “tette”
Sukagawa Civic Center, tette. A support facility for Sukagawa people’s lifelong and citizenship activities. Opened on 11th January 2019. Central Library, Children’s Center, Citizens Activity Support Center, Exchange Space are located in this building.
Also, they have a convenience store, shop spaces, and a cafeteria. There are always many people because of its bright atmosphere.
Hikari no Machi Hiroba [Light Town Hallway] (1F)
Three monsters are waiting here too!!
12. Space Ninja Alien Baltan
13. Skull Monster Red King
14. Space Robot King Joe
Look at the wood chairs and tables carefully. Monster marks and heroes’ shapes are burnt into them!
Eiji Tsuburaya Musuem (5F)
Abundant materials such as valuable exhibits, books, and movies about the series are lined up. What Eiji Tsuburaya was into and how the series was made can be seen from them. Feel free to ask resident staff if there are any questions!
Each segment has enough materials about exhibits and labelled books can be checked out. People can study what they are interested in field by field.
In the tokusatsu studio, there is a diorama of Toho Studio in the days when Eiji Tsuburaya was shooting. You will be amazed at its accuracy!
Godzilla has shown up!? This is a reproduction suit of the first Godzilla supervised by Yuji Sakai. The original one was used in the special movie, “The Dream Challenge Godzilla Emerges in Sukagawa”, which was shot in Sukagawa. Older grade students of the Second Elementary School of Sukagawa and many citizens appeared in it.
The special filming show shot by gorgeous staff is consisted of a main story and making video. It is only about 14 minutes, but you will not want to miss the special movie with powerful visions you cannot see anywhere else!! Monsters models and art objects of this museum were made under the supervision of Mr. Sakai, too.
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▲“Craft Monsters March” You can make your original monster by combining your favorite parts. Make a great one and put it on screen!
▲Stand before the screen, and now you are the space invader in it!
Interview Cooperation by Eiji Tsuburaya Museum
Address: 5F Sukagawa Civic Center, tette, 4-1, Naka-machi, Sukagawa City
Open Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
Closed Days: Tuesdays, New year’s season
Capture Taimatsu-dori and the museum, and you will know the history of Eiji Tsuburaya and the works done by one of the Japan’s greatest monster artist, Yuji Sakai. The Ultra-warriors and monsters have been loved for decades. Just go and see them!!
Detailed information about tourist attractions, souvenirs, and places to eat is available on the website of Sukagawa Tourism Association!
Fun and Tasty♪ Eat up Baltan! Shwatch!!
Soba noodles restaurant. Located at the corner of intersection with Route 118, close to one of 100 famous falls in Japan, Otsuji-ga-daki. With a nostalgic taste, this place is always packed with the local customers.
Their specialties include Baltan Tendon [tempura over rice] and Ultraman Soba (or Udon) noodles. Each dish is decorated with prawn tempura, fish paste cake, and a boiled egg to make it look like the character.
The noodle dipping sauce is made using dried tuna flakes, kombu kelp, and mirin (Japanese sweet cooking liquor). They don’t use monosodium glutamate (MSG). Dip their smooth texture noodles in it and suck them up♪
▲Baltan Tendon (950 JPY, Tax Included) The nice prawn texture of tempura with crispy coating will give you a great enjoyment. The sauce poured over them tastes a bit sweet and mild. A small bowl of soba noodles comes with it, so that should be big enough to satisfy a grown man.
▲Ultraman Soba (or Udon) (950 JPY, Tax Included) Their homemade soba noodles are relatively thin, and made of buckwheat flour from Aizu Misato, Fukushima (they may use wheat flours from a different production area according to the season). The soup goes very well with the rich egg yolk of the local brand chicken, Aizu Jidori. Also, their pickles are homemade, using the season’s best vegetables.
Interview Cooperation by Soba Noodles Place, Hanatani
Address: 142 Fukada, Maedagawa, Sukagawa City
Open Hours: Weekdays 11:00am-2:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays 11:00am-3:00pm/ 5:00pm-7:00pm
Closed Days: New Year’s Day
The Tsuburaya World is limitless★
Silhouettes of monsters and other ultra-warriors are printed on street lights. How many can you recognize?
Hope everybody enjoys them!