The Youkai Trail in Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Near the Human Village
Little is known about this location. According to Sakuya Izayoi, this place has beauty that she didn't know because she travels here at night. The road tends to lack humans, because it is infested with youkai, in particular beast-types. Even though it's a road for youkai, the end of it doesn't have youkai due to being close to the village. Mystia states that humans who do come here are "idiots".
Apparently, Mystia has a stand set up here that sells Grilled Lamprey. She tricks bypassers into thinking that this food will cure their night-blindness, although it is Mystia that's causing this herself.
The Trail's Appearances
- Imperishable Night
The trail appears as the stage 2 of Imperishable Night. Although the location of this stage wasn't given an official name, the texture and structure of the background is the same as the "Youkai Trail" stage in the next game despite a discolouring, along with having Mystia in the same location. The heroines are trying to head towards the Human Village whilst fighting fairies and kedama, but encountered Mystia Lorelei. Before her appearance, the top of the screen will glow red. She attacks as a midboss because she believed there was a human present, but stays in front of the heroines throughout the stage. She was eventually defeated.
- Phantasmagoria of Flower View
The Youkai Trail appeared as a stage location in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, in which Mystia Lorelei is dedicated to this location. The stage generally appears on stage 1, 2 or 3 in all scenarios of the game, except for Komachi Onozuka's. During this event, it was daytime, since the previous game had the location at night. Various characters will come here to look for leads towards the flower incident, only to find and defeat Mystia. In Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu's scenario, she'll come here to see if Mystia has been keeping up with what she (is supposed to have) learnt from the yama, to which she hasn't.
- Shoot the Bullet
The trail appears in Shoot the Bullet on Stage 1. Although there is no direct evidence that the location of Stage 1 is the Youkai Trail, the images for the background from both this game and Imperishable Night's Stage 2 background are exactly the same. Here, Aya Shameimaru encounters Rumia and Wriggle Nightbug to try and take photos of their danmaku. This being the first stage of the game, this is where Aya starts her adventure of taking photos of various characters' danmaku. There are 6 scenes total in this stage, and the next stage is at the Misty Lake.