Tanuki are animals you can collect. Within Japanese folklore, the Tanuki have had a significant role since ancient times. The legendary Tanuki are reputed to be mischievous and jolly, masters of disguise and shapeshifting but somewhat gullible and absentminded.
Collecting all 25 Tanuki will complete the “Tanuki Hunt” side mission, and unlock the “Your Tail’s Showing” Achievement. This will also unlock “The Boss Tanuki” side mission, which rewards Akito with a Tanuki Outfit once completed.
While Akito can pray at white boxes outside certain Shrines to reveal exact Tanuki locations in that area, this costs Meika, and not every Shrine has an Offering Box. Akito also has the Ability to scan any area with KK’s Spectral Vision. This will highlight certain objects in blue, including Tanuki. They are always disguised as another object, however, so this makes finding them a little tricky. Look out for their distinct tails, and make sure to use Spectral Vision while following the instructions below to make locating all 25 Tanuki easier.
Every Tanuki rewards a unique Emote for Akito to pose with while in Ghostwire: Tokyo’s Photo Mode. As an additional reward, for every 5 Tanuki you find, a Charm item is obtained. Charms enhance some of Akito’s buffs, and don’t need to be equipped in order for the effect to apply.
The following table lists all Tanuki Charm Rewards, their effect, and how many Tanuki you must find to get the Charm.
Akisawa Shrine Area
Head northwest of the Akisawa Shrine to find this Tanuki Inside an alleyway. It has taken the form of a mini shrine. A dog will be outside of the alley to indicate you’re in the correct area, and if you read its thoughts, it tells you there’s something bad in the alley.
Rewards: Pet Cat Emote.
You will come to this building containing a Tanuki as part of the “After the End II” side mission. The Tanuki is disguised as a traffic cone near the edge of the building, near an audio log. The correct building is right beside Shibuya Central Hospital, on its south side.
Rewards: Karate Form 2 Emote.
Chishima Shrine Area
This Tanuki is disguised as a phone booth above an actual phone booth, to the north of the Chisima Shrine area. Head to the payphone icon closest to the forest and look above it to spot the Tanuki.
Rewards: Wall Lean Emote.
Hastuike Shrine Area
Go down the eastern side of the Hastuike Shrine and up the stairs toward the forest. The Tanuki is disguised as a red swivel chair at the top of these stairs.
Rewards: Sumo Stance Emote.
Hitani Shrine Area
This particular Tanuki is disguised as a blue cup noodle opposite some vending machines and a bench, near a narrow side street. The area is just north of the “Dire Straits” side mission marker.
Rewards: Karate Punches Emote.
Go to the western end of the main highway that runs across the Hitani Shrine area, above the river. At the western border where the underpass starts, look up to see this Tanuki disguised as a red Daruma. It’s enclosed within a small metal fence.
Rewards: Sit 3 Emote.
Kamio Shrine Area
It is disguised as 2 red Daruma stacked on top of each other, beside a building that looks like a shrine. It’s just across the road from the Netsuke Collector Nekomata stall.
Rewards: Sit 2 Emote.
Kuo Shrine Area
This Tanuki is disguised as a rocking panda in the Shibuara Park Landmark, located just north of the Kuo Shrine.
Rewards: My Right Hand Hungers Emote.
The Tanuki is disguised as an electric sign on the northeastern corner of a tall building, just south of the main highway. There is a Tengu grapple point you can use to reach another building to get to this location, or you can use the fire escape stairs.
Rewards: Umbrella Emote.
Mikubo Shrine Area
Head to the top of the second building south of the Mikubo Shrine to find this Tanuki disguised as a Tanuki statue, on top of a white vent.
Morite Shrine Area
The Tanuki is disguised as a satellite dish on a small structure to the east of the Morite Shrine, above a billboard looking out at the Shibuya Scramble Crossing Landmark.
Rewards: Cutie Pie Emote.
Namihara Shrine Area
This Tanuki is disguised as a yellow electronic sign, beside a satellite dish, on a building right next to the Namihara Shrine. Exit the shrine, take a right, and then climb up the ladder to find the Tanuki.
Rewards: Sheepish Emote.
Namita Shrine Area
Use the Tengu grapple point west of the Namita Shrine, then jump over to the northeastern roof where you can see a Tanuki disguised as a Tanuki statue. There is a cat below the area that tells you it smells a Tanuki on the rooftop. This will let you know you’re in the right area.
Rewards: Ground Sit 3 Emote.
Onten Shrine Area
This Tanuki is disguised as a beige cardboard box on a bench, to the left of a phone booth. The area is located north of the Onten Shrine, just behind a Convenience Store.
Rewards: Cuteness Overload Emote.
Saihama Building Rooftop Torii Gate Area
This particular Tanuki is found to the very north of the Saihama area, disguised as a Tanuki statue looking around the corner of a building. Go directly north from the Shrine and check the back gaps between houses to find it.
Rewards: Ground Sit 2 Emote.
Shimokusa Shrine Area
Found in a graveyard south of the Karakasa-kozo side activity in the Shimokusa Shrine area. The Tanuki is disguised as a gravestone. The correct graveyard has a metal fence around its southern area, and lots of bicycles beside its southside.
Rewards: Aquatic Kunai Emote.
Shiroyama Shrine Area
Once the “Tanuki Hunt” side mission has started, go down the steps near the Boss Tanuki and look across the way. The first Tanuki is located here, and has taken the form of a metal pot.
Rewards: Karate Form 1 Emote.
Go to the southern section of the Shiroyama Shrine area and head to the rooftops to find this Tanuki disguised as a mini Torii Gate in front of a large red billboard. You will need to use the Tengu grapple point near a dog at the same location as a Jizo Statue to reach the rooftops. You can then grapple to the correct building and look up to find the Tanuki.
Rewards: Shrine Offering Emote.
This Tanuki is disguised as a red vending machine, under the large highway in the southeastern corner of the Shiroyama Shrine area. Look out for a white lorry and parking pay point station to indicate you’re in the correct location.
Rewards: Punk Squat Emote.
Tatsui Shrine Area
Go just southwest of the Archeology Nekomata stall, toward the border of the Tatsui Shrine area. The Tanuki is disguised as 2 red Daruma stacked on top of each other, under the south side of a large highway that runs through the area, at the end of a long run of bicycles.
Rewards: Sit 1 Emote.
Toyoi Shrine Area
This Tanuki is disguised as a vending machine in a small parking lot to the west of 2 Tengu grapple points, near the western fog. Unlike the real vending machines, this Tanuki sticks out at an angle.
Rewards: Pet Dog Emote.
Utagawa Shopping District Torii Gate Area
Follow the river in the Utagawa area northeast until a metal gate stops you from progressing any further. The Tanuki is disguised as a small brown door on the left walkway.
Rewards: Love and Peace Emote.
This Tanuki is on top of a building just south of the building that the “Nesting Evil” side mission takes place in. The Tanuki is taking the form of a large billboard, near a satellite dish.
Rewards: Graceful Landing Emote.
The Tanuki is disguised as a red and white vending machine, in a small gap on the ground floor of the shopping center located just west of the Sengokuzaka Landmark.
Rewards: Prayer Emote.
Yashin Shrine Area
The Tanuki is disguised as a cardboard cutout at the middle entrance to the large construction site, on the west side. It is beside some blue diggers and traffic cones.
Rewards: Run Like the Wind Emote.