ONE PIECE fans, unite!
All your favorite ONE PIECE characters are coming to Kumamoto, Japan!
As part of a collaboration with Eiichiro Oda, author of ONE PIECE born and raised in Kumamoto City, a total of 10 statues of the Straw Hat Pirates of ONE PIECE are scheduled to be built throughout Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan! 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 ONE PIECE statues! The spread of the coronavirus in early 2020 led to postponement in revealing the rest of the cast, but statue revealing resumed in November 2020.
- Monkey D. Luffy
- Jinbe (scheduled for 2022 or later)
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, next to a parking lot behind the Mashiki Gymnasium.
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: 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. If coming by car, you will need to pay ¥200 to enter the zoo’s parking lot with your car. If coming by tram, by foot, etc., there is no fee to see the statue.
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 to the zoo.
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. He is located in Fureai Hiroba/Friendship Park, about equidistant from the east and west parking lots. The park has a nice playground and ice cream shop, and the nearby Dinosaur Museum has interesting exhibits on dinosaurs and explains why you see so much dinosaur-related stuff in Mifune.
Address (click for Google Maps): Fureai Hiroba, Kinokura 1253, Mifune, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto 861-3204
By bus: Take either the K2-4, K2-5, M3-1, or M3-2 from the Sakuramachi Bus Terminal and get off at the Mifunemachi Kyoryu Hakubutsukan (Dinosaur Museum) bus stop. The park is a 1 min walk from here.
Zoro was unveiled on January 22nd in Ozu. We haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, but you can see a picture of the statue in this news article: https://kumanichi.com/articles/536126
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 to the park.
Franky’s statue was unveiled on November 21st, 2020 and is located next to Takamori Station in Aso. Franky’s statue is likely the largest of all the statues. Since Takamori Station is not accessible by train from Kumamoto City, visiting by car is recommended.
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.
Robin’s statue was unveiled on October 9th,2021. Her statue is located within the Kumamoto Earthquake memorial museum at the former Tokai University campus in Minamiaso.
Address (click for Google Maps): Tokai University – Minamiaso Campus, Kawayo, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto 869-1404
Nami’s statue was unveiled on July 31st, 2021 at Moe no Sato in the village of Nishihara. Nami is located next to the upper parking area and is surrounded by a couple newly planted orange trees.
Address (click for Google Maps): Moe no Sato Mt. Tawara Exchange Center, Komori 2115-3, Nishihara, Aso-gun, Kumamoto
Jinbe’s statue was announced on July 31st, 2021 at the unveiling of Nami’s statue in Nishihara. Installation of the statue has yet to be finalized, but this page will be updated when there are more details. The statue is scheduled to be unveiled in July 23rd, 2022.
Address (click for Google Maps): Sumiyoshi Kaigan Park, Sumiyoshi-machi, Uto City 3162-1