Superman may welcome arrivals to Cleveland Hopkins International, but now Detective Conan has his own airport.
On Sunday, Japan’s Tottori Airport reopened as Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport, named in honor of the popular manga and anime series Detective Conan (better known in North America as Case Closed). The manga’s creator, Gosho Aoyama, was born in Tottori Prefecture.
Characters and objects from Detective Conan appear in 21 places throughout the airport; an 18-meter long 3D floor mural depicts the Conan riding a camel at the Tottori Sand Dunes, one of the prefecture’s major attractions. The teen detective can be seen, dressed in a pilot’s uniform, on banners and signs inside and outside the airport, and on the sides of buses.
In a video message played during Sunday’s opening ceremony, Aoyama said, “I hope many visitors from around the world will visit Tottori Prefecture through the airport and the prefecture will be energized.”
Japan’s least-populous prefecture, Tottori is home to several manga creators, which the government is leveraging through its “Manga Kingdom Tottori” initiative designed to attract visitors.
See more images of Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport at Kotaku.
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