ONEPIECE fans, unite!
All your favorite ONEPIECE characters are coming to Kumamoto!
As part of a collaboration with Eiichiro Oda, author of ONEPIECE born and raised in Kumamoto City, a total of 9 statues of the Straw Hat Pirates of ONEPIECE are scheduled to be built throughout Kumamoto Prefecture! The statues are part of a larger project to help Kumamoto recover after the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes and are being built thanks to the cooperation of and extremely generous donation from Mr. Oda.
The Luffy statue was the first to be unveiled on November 30th, 2018, with Usopp and Sanji following roughly a year later. Continue reading on for details on each of the ONEPIECE statues!
- Monkey D. Luffy
- Brook (scheduled for November 8th, 2020)
- Zoro (schedule not yet released)
- Franky (scheduled for November 21st, 2020)
- Robin (schedule not yet released)
- Nami (schedule not yet released)
Monkey D. Luffy
Luffy is located in Kumamoto City, so it is most likely the easiest for travelers to Kumamoto to visit and it is relatively easy to find. Luffy stands guard on the front entrance path to the Kumamoto Prefectural Offices, which are not in the downtown area and require a car, bus, tram, or bike ride to access from downtown. Free parking is available for up to 2 hours.
Address (click for Google Maps): Kumamoto Prefectural Offices, Suizenji 6 chome 18-1, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 862-8570
By bus: From Sakuramachi Bus Terminal, take a bus from platform 25 and get off at Kumamoto Prefectural Offices (about 20 minutes).
By tram: Take tram to Shiritsutaiikukan-mae, then walk about 10 minutes to Kumamoto Prefectural Offices.
Sanji was unveiled on December 7th, 2019 in the town of Mashiki, an area that sustained some of the heaviest damage during the Kumamoto Earthquakes. Sanji is standing in the middle of an athletic park, and because the entrance to the park is undergoing construction, it can be a little difficult to to find the entrance.
The main entrance to the athletic facility is closed, so you need to use the secondary entrance shown below:
Once you’ve parked, Sanji is standing in front of the running track area.
Address (click for Google Maps): Mashiki-machi Koryujoho Center, Kiyama 236, Mashiki-machi, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto 861-2242
By bus: From platform 25 at Sakuramachi Bus Terminal, take Bus K3-3 towards Kiyama. After about 50 minutes, get off at Terasako and walk about 10 minutes.
Usopp was unveiled the day after Sanji on December 8th, 2019 in front of Aso Station to greet passengers as they get off their train and start their adventure in Aso.
Address (click for Google Maps): JR Aso Station, Kurokawa, Aso, Kumamoto 869-2225
By bus: Take Kyushu Odan Bus from Sakuramachi Terminal platform 6 and get off at Aso Station (about 100 minutes)
By train: Due to the Kumamoto Earthquakes, trains are not available from Kumamoto to Aso Station at this time, but the lines are expected to reopen by the end of 2020. When the lines reopen, you can catch a train from Kumamoto Station and take it directly to Aso Station via the Hohi Line.
Tony Tony Chopper
Chopper’s statue was scheduled to be unveiled March 28th, 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 until November 7th. Chopper is located in the plaza in front of the main gate of the zoo.
Address (click for Google Maps): Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Kengun 5-chome 14-2, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto 862-0911
By tram: Take tram to Zoological & Botanical Gardens Entrance, then walk 5 minutes.
Brook’s statue was scheduled to be unveiled March 29th, 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 until November 8th. He is located on the west side of the park along the Mifune Bypass.
Address (click for Google Maps): Fureai Hiroba, Kinokura 1253, Mifune, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto 861-3204
Unveiling is not yet scheduled for Zoro. We will update this page when the date is announced.
Address (click for Google Maps): Ozu Central Park, Ozu 1156-3, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto 869-1233
By train: Take train from Kumamoto Station or Shin-Suizenji Station for Higo-Ozu Station and walk 5 minutes.
Franky’s statue is scheduled to be unveiled on November 21st, 2020. He will be located in front of Takamori Station in Aso.
Address (click for Google Maps): Takamori Station, Takamori, Takamori, Aso-gun, Kumamoto 869-1602
By train: The Minamiaso Railway that services Takamori Station has been closed since 2016 but is expected to reopen in Summer 2023.
Unveiling is not yet scheduled for Robin. We will update this page when the date is announced. Her statue is planned to be located near the main entrance of the campus.
Address (click for Google Maps): Tokai University – Minamiaso Campus, Kawayo, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto 869-1404
Unveiling is not yet scheduled for Nami. We will update this page when the date is announced. Her statue is planned to be located on a hill next to Moe no Sato.
Address (click for Google Maps): Moe no Sato Mt. Tawara Exchange Center, Komori 2115-3, Nishihara, Aso-gun, Kumamoto