Palace of the Yokai King
Few have seen his home, even among the Yokai. It only appears for the blink of an eye in the gloaming mists, when the veil between the spirit and human worlds is particularly thin.
In a rare journal publication on yokai outside of the Nonogawa River Valley, Shintani Daisuke shared the research and rumors he collected on the royal residence of the Yokai King.
What is it Like and Where is it Located?Spirit Realm overlaid on Kyoto and on up into the northeast mountains bordering the modern-day city and former capital of Japan. Secret gates, doorways, and rooms hide in the physical world’s old districts and ancient buildings of the metropolis. A veritable maze of these passages is enough to confound all but those who live there. It only reveals itself for a brief moment at twilight and appears as if in a mist.
AccessShitani often receives questions such as "This sounds amazing! How do I visit?" Sorry, it's by invite only and humans have never been allowed to enter the palace.
Why Don't We Find the Palace in Legends?Shitani's research verifies that the Yokai King leads the nightly parade as he leaves the palace for 'official business' at twilight, Oumagatoki. But Shitani says that the king does not sneak into people's houses. He simply exits his own house into theirs and blesses the humans with his presence. Why should they not treat him as the royalty he is?
Castle of the Evening Mist