Dragon King

Category: Fantasy

A Japanese sea dragon, Dragon King Ryujin is large and wingless, with the body of a serpent, large, clawed feet and two heads. It is identifiable as a Japanese dragon—as opposed to Chinese or Korean— because it has three toes.

Dragon King

Dragon King

Scientific Name

Draco ryukis


Dragon King Ryujin, the guardian and ruler of the sea, is said to live in an underwater palace near the Ryuku Islands. The palace is made of red and white coral, where he keeps jewels that control the sea’s tides.

Like the sea itself, the Dragon King is moody and unpredictable. One head can be calm and smiling while the other snarls and calls of punishment. He is able to take human shape.

The Dragon King is willing to grant favors to mortals who pray for is help, though is this exceedingly rare.


Ryujin was the father of the beautiful goddess Otohime, who married the hunter prince Hoori. The first Emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, was a grandson of Otohime and Hoori’s.

Present Status

No confirmed sightings since 1653.


  1. Mooney, Carla. Dragons. San Diego, CA: ReferencePoint Press, 2011. Print.

  2. "Ryūjin." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 26 May 2014. Web. 9 June 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryūjin