Let’s become Ninja! Beginners friendly Facilities
Lately, becoming “Ninja” is one of the coolest tourist activities in Japan. Partly influ-enced by ninja manga (comic), there are a number of tourists who want to learn more and experience ninja. Here we introduce 3 theme parks suitable for beginners from all over Japan!
Feel a breath of real Edo “Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura” (Tochigi)
“Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura” is an amusement facility, designed as a town of Edo, where you can feel the culture and real life of the Edo period through the sets. In ex-tensive grounds, there are multiple attractions such as ninja's house, samurai's resi-dence, shukuba (post-towns), kaido (roads) and more. You can enjoy splendid and cheerful atmosphere, which “ EDO” originally had, created by these reproduced attrac-tions.
They offer you various kinds of ninja experiences such as wearing a ninja costume (only for children), watching magnificent ninja attractions, throwing shuriken (ninja-star), running, tactics of Hagakure (pretending being a part of leaf in order to hide), and lots more.
●Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
●470-2, Karakura, Nikko-shi, Tochigi Prefecture
●【Summer 3/20~11/30】9:00-17:00 /【Winter 12/1~3/19】9:30-16:00
●Closed on Wednesdays
Ninja training at the foot of Mt.Fuji “Oshino, Ninja Village” (Yamanashi)
“Oshino Shinobi no Sato” is a place where you can try ninja experiences at the foot of a world heritage, Mt.Fuji. “Ninja Karakuri Yashiki (ninja house full of tricks) ” is very popular. It looks like an ordinary house, but in fact, is filled with tricks inside to protect themselves from enemies and hostile forces. This place, which secret paths, doors and more tricks as characteristic of ninja furnished, is certainly worth seeing!
There is a training area for throwing shuriken (ninja-star). This is one of the basic tools of ninja, and you can learn the beginner’s ninjutsu (art of ninja) through the training of throwing real shuriken to the targets.
●Oshino Ninja Village
●2845, Shibokusa, Oshinomura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
You can watch the shooting of TV and films “TOEI Kyoto Studio Park” (Kyoto)
“TOEI Kyoto Studio Park” offers you a valuable ninja experience in Kyoto, the most famous tourist city. As its name suggests, this is the open-set studio for the movie company “TOEI” that is known as a Jidaigeki(*) filmmaker. You can experience the feeling as if you got into the Jidaigeki world.
(*) Jidaigeki: Historical play that based on Japan mostly before the Meiji restoration. The customs and life style of samurai and town-people are described. Also many historical events and people appear on plays but most of stories are fictions.
Inside the premises, everyone from children to adults can enjoy ninja-play with many activities such as “3D Maze The Ninja Fort” which set up various ninja gimmicks like a rock dropping and a hanging ceiling, “Laser Mission Escape the Castle” which you can try to clear the mission without touching the laser within a time limit, and so on.
●TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
●10, Uzumasahigashihachiokacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
●0570-064349（for inquiries for business hours and admission）
●【February】Weekdays 9:30-16:30 / Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 9:30-17:00 *Please refer to the official website for after March
*The above information was last updated January 12, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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