Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
Ninja were covert agents or mercenaries existed during the time of feudal Japan, when Samurai thrived.
They conducted espionage, deception, sabotage, and assassination to attack opponents, which were not honored in the code of the Samurai.
Ninja utilized various tactics called Ninjutsu such as disguise, weaponry skills, warfare, psychology, meteorology, some of which have been carried down to the current generation as a form of martial arts and culture.
Whether you want to go for a photo-op, a performance show, or a bit of Ninja training, Kyoto has got everything for you to have your own Ninja experience!
Are you interested in being Ninja?
Here are 5 best places you can visit in Kyoto!
Local tells Top 5 Best Ninja Experience Places in Kyoto!
1.NINJA KYOTO/忍者京都Ninja Kyoto is a Ninja themed amusement complex that combines restaurants, theater shows, Ninja shop, and the photo studio.
For dining, you have three choices: the buffet restaurant with great dessert options and where you can make your own ramen; the fusion cuisine restaurant, which serves the top-notch cuisines, accompanied by Ninja entertaining you at the table; the theater where you can dine while enjoying the Ninja performances.
At the theater, the Ninja performers entertain customers with their acrobatic and magic skills (Note that the performance shows are available only on weekends and holidays).
At the photo shop, you can be dressed like a Ninja or Samurai.
With these options, for sure, you and your family will be entertained at Ninja Kyoto.
This amusement complex is extremely accessible, as it is only a few blocks north of Shinkyogoku, the popular shopping street.
You can walk 2 minutes from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Railway Line.
Here is a video of Ninja Kyoto from YouTube
2.NINJA DOJO and STORE/忍者道場 忍道具屋Ninja dojo in Kyoto offers tourists and enthusiasts ninjutsu training.
The training involves learning how to breath and walk like Ninja, practicing survival techniques, and shuriken (ninja stars)/blowguns skills.
The Dojo (the place of the training school) offers the short lesson (starting at ¥500 where tourists can experience a few skills like throwing shuriken) and entry-level lessons of 1-2 hours (¥8,000 to ¥12,000 per pax or ¥6,500 to ¥10,000 per child).
The Dojo also has a shop where you can view and purchase Ninja goods as well as a display of various traditional kimonos.
For booking of a training or further information, please visit:NINJA DOJO and STORE
3.Ninja-Do/忍者堂Ninja-Do (Ninja hall) is an old traditional style house that offers Ninja training for those interested.
The training covers 5 tactics: 1) kuji-kiri (mantra for self-defense), 2) ways of walking, 3) ninja swords, 4) blowguns, 5) ninja stars.
The training is available for anyone above 5 years old and takes around 60 to 90 minutes.
The training session starts at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:00.
The reservation must be made at least a day in advance or before the available slots get filled (each training session is carried out for a group of 6 pax).
To access to Ninja-Do, you can take JR Nara Line to Inari Station.
It is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the station.
The admission to the Ninja-Do is ¥500 and there is a separate fee of ¥5,500 per adult (5,000 per child) for the training session.
Ninja-do even has a prayer room for the Muslim tourists, for which people may access without a fee.
It is located close to Fushimi Taisha Shrine, one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto.
Why don’t you experience Ninja after visiting Fushimi Taisha Shrine?
For booking of a training or further information, please visit:ACTIVITY JAPAN
Next,let’s go to a theme park to experience Ninja!
4.Toei Kyoto Studio Park/東映太秦映画村Toei Kyoto Studio Park (also known as Toei Uzumasa Eigamura) is a movie set, at the same time, a theme park, that is one of the most popular tourists spots in Kyoto.
The park is set up to resemble a real village in the Edo era (during the time of Samurai and Ninja). Unlike the Universal Studio, they actually shoot film/drama scenes in the Park.
It is like being transported to the Ninja/Samurai period when just walk around the Park.
There are various performance shows that take place throughout the Park.
There are also Ninja mystery house with secret passages, revolving doors and other traps in the labyrinth that you can go explore.
Also, there currently is a shuriken (ninja starts) contest that you can enter to win prizes.
The park also has Ninja obstacle courses, and much more…
I’m sure you can find something that you would love, in this massive theme park where you can spend one whole day.
Don’t forget to take a few pictures with performers that are looming around the park dressed as Samurai and Ninja.
To access to the Toei Kyoto Studio Park, you can either take City/Kyoto Bus to Uzumasa Eigamura Mae stop (various lines available) or take the JR Railway line to Uzumasa station.
5.NINJA HOUSE Accommodation/忍者屋敷You can stay a night (or two) at a Ninja House by booking through Airbnb.
This accommodation is placed at the heart of Kyoto, near Philosopher’s path, so it is perfect for your sightseeing itinerary.
The house is a renovated Machiya (a traditional townhouse, commonly seen in Kyoto), so you can enjoy the comfort while experiencing the traditional feel.
The house has many hidden doors, secret tricks, cultural artifacts (such as the samurai armor), so you can spend the entire night searching and exploring the house.
Imagine your accommodation is the amusement park just for you and your friends/family to enjoy!
For details, please check out their Airbnb page. Airbnb
I hope you’ll enjoy Ninja experience in Kyoto!
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