Kino no Tabi

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Kino no Tabi (キノの旅 -the Beautiful World- Kino's Journey) is a Japanese light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa, with illustrations by Kōhaku Kuroboshi. The series originally started serialization in volume five of MediaWorks' now-defunct light novel magazine Dengeki hp on March 17, 2000. The first bound volume of the series was published on July 10, 2000 by MediaWorks under their Dengeki Bunko publishing label. As of October 2014, eighteen volumes have been published, and over 8 million copies of the novels have been sold in Japan.

A 13-episode anime produced by A.C.G.T and Genco aired between April and July 2003 on WOWOW in Japan, and was licensed for North American distribution by ADV films. The books also received adaptations in other formats: a radio drama, an OVA, two films, two visual novel adventure games for PS2, and a parody spin-off, Gakuen Kino. In connection with Dengeki Bunko's 20th Anniversary in 2013, Kino no Tabi was serialized weekly for half a year in several regional newspapers in Japan, and volumes I to XVI were reprinted with new cover artwork.

Kino no Tabi is also available in the following languages:

Series Information

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Japanese Title: キノの旅 -the Beautiful World-
English Title: Kino's Journey: the Beautiful World
Author: 時雨沢恵一 (Keiichi Sigsawa)
Illustrator: 黒星紅白 (Kōhaku Kuroboshi)
Volumes: 18
Status: Ongoing

Story Synopsis

The protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people.


このライトノベルがすごい! 2006 Best Female Character, 1st place (Kino)
このライトノベルがすごい! 2006 Best Novel Series, 2nd place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2007 Best Novel Series, 5th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2008 Best Novel Series, 6th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2009 Best Novel Series, 12th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2010 Best Novel Series, 22nd place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2011 Best Novel Series, 21st place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2012 Best Novel Series, 20th place
このライトノベルがすごい! 2013 Best Novel Series, 18th place


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Those who wish to contribute are asked to first notify a supervisor beforehand.

Translators are asked to register which chapters they're working on.

(It seems people don't understand what the above means. When we ask you to REGISTER, what we mean is, add your name on the REGISTRATION PAGE next to the chapter you will translate, so that we can know who translated it. That's it. So if there are people out there that would like to help translate these wonderful books, please don't hesitate, translate any chapters you like, in any order you like! Thank you to all who help with this project!)

Format Standards

Every Chapter (after editing) must conform to the general format guidelines.


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Older updates can be found on the Kino no Tabi Updates page.

  • November 7, 2015 - Volume 16 Illustrations added
  • July 21, 2015 - Volume 15 Chapter 2 completed
  • April 5, 2015 - Volume 17 Chapters 13-14 completed, Volume 16 Booklet completed

The Kino no Tabi series by Keiichi Sigsawa

For alternative PDF downloads, kindly check out the Kino no Tabi Downloads page.

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Volume 1 - Summary


  • TOC Illustrations
  • Prologue: In the Forest・b -Lost in the Forest・b-
  • Land of Visible Pain -I See You.-
  • Land of Majority Rule -Ourselfish-
  • Three Men on the Rails -On the Rails-
  • Colosseum -Avengers-
  • Land of Adults -Natural Rights-
  • A Peaceful Land -Mother's Love-
  • Epilogue: In the Forest・a -Lost in the Forest・a-
  • Author's Notes: Afterword -Preface-

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Volume 2 - PDF

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Volume 3 - PDF

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Volume 4 - PDF

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Volume 5 - PDF

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Volume 6 - PDF

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Volume 7 - PDF

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Volume 8 - PDF

Prologue and Epilogue translated by Untuned-Strings here

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Volume 9 - PDF

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Volume 10 - PDF

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Volume 11

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Volume 12

[Completely translated by Untuned-Strings here]

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Volume 13

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Volume 14

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Volume 15

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Volume 16

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Volume 17

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Volume 18

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Volume 19


Project Staff

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All editors that speak English proficiently are welcomed.

Series Overview

Main Series

Related Publications

  • 『記憶の国 -Their Memories-』 (December 3, 2003) ISBN 978-4-8402-2525-0
  • 『旅人の話 -You-』 (March 30, 2005) ISBN 978-4-8402-2897-8
  • 『わたしの国 -Own Will-』 (December 25, 2007) ISBN 978-4-8402-4080-2
  • キノの旅 -the Beautiful World- 劇場の国 -KINO- (Exclusive release with 2nd Film)
  • キノの旅 -the Sigsawa's World- (Supplement to Dengeki Bunko Magazine Vol.5 Jan 2009 Issue)

North American Release

More Information

Kino's Journey - Wikipedia
Kino no Tabi - Wikipedia (Japanese)
Kino no Tabi - Official Website (Japanese)