Hi, I’m Ayumi, your favorite otaku writer here at MANGA.TOKYO. For men or women, Japanese traditional clothing attracts me to death. I hope many of you also like Japanese traditional clothes. Do you have any specific period of Japan that attracts you in particular? If you’re such an enthusiast, please let me know in the comments~!
In one of my recent articles about Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-, I introduced you to the Toei Kyoto Studio Park:
I found this place to be incredibly enjoyable and I begged the staff to let me write articles about the place, and here I am writing about it now. Ninja, Samurai, Japanese clothing, Meiji, Edo, Shinsengumi… If you appreciate any of them, I’m sure you’ll fully enjoy yourselves here at Toei Kyoto Studio Park! Let us begin the tour~!
This is the Eigamura! You’ll feel as if you have traveled back in time!
Toei Kyoto Studio Park, aka ‘Toei Uzumasa Eigamura’ in Japanese, was opened in 1975 as the very first interactive theme park in Japan where you can freely walk around film sets. The streets depicting the Edo period are used to shoot period dramas and films, and you can observe a few filming sessions if you’re lucky!!
They also have ninja attractions at their mysterious building, a costume rental shop, and a costume photo shop. You can enjoy period dramas and the entire world of Edo. It’s so great that I couldn’t find myself coming back to reality.
Due to the municipal bylaw, it is prohibited to build tall buildings in Kyoto city, which means there is nothing blocking the view! You can’t imagine that you’re in 2017 when you’re there. Once we entered the park, we all had goosebumps all over our bodies and reacted as if we were elementary students on their first field trip. I was seriously worried whether or not we could go return home alive. As we merrily walked around the Edo streets, we arrived at our first attraction spot, the Ninja Mystery House!
Ninja Mystery House: must-see for ninja fans!
Ninja Mystery House is an attraction where you can learn about some of the inner workings of ninja buildings and try to escape from there through the labyrinth.
You’ll find a secret passage like this
See how low the ceiling is? Its purpose was to deny enemies from swinging their swords inside the building. You can see in the photo how a sword is stuck if you try to swing it.
Hidden stairs to let the lord escape in secret…
A secret revolving door, called don-den-gaeshi. It surprises you because at first glance there doesn’t seem to be any door.
The staff explains ninja tricks with gestures, so don’t worry even if you don’t understand Japanese!
After listening to how the ninja tricks work, it’s time to actually try to escape! We are not allowed to show you the rest of the labyrinth, so please visit it and challenge it yourselves! It’s thrilling and exciting!
Let me summarize the reactions of our staff members:
Wait a min, do we get tortured by water if we fail this?
What, I don’t know what to do? I’m scared, I’m scared, noooooo!
OMG the floor is sinkiiiiiiing!
This room…I feel sick…
Later we found out that all the ninjas there heard us screaming.
It took us about 10 minutes to make our way out of the building, but it’s harder than you might expect if you underestimate it. You sure need to use your brain to escape it easily. As we realized what a ninja house actually meant, we arrived at the next attraction, a Shuriken throw contest!
Shuriken Throwing for all Ninja Fans
After we managed to escape from the ninja house and become a bit familiar with the ninja way, we moved on to learn how to throw shurikens. It’s a valuable experience as you aren’t allowed to actually throw a shuriken in normal places.
The shuriken throwing game has you compete for the highest score using this target.
Their gesture explanations are very easy to understand! The knack of shuriken throw according to the instructor is to swing your arm down straight .
You can practice three times, and then throw five more shurikens to compete. Eight times in total!
My result was one hit at practice and none at the actual game… I guess I have no talent for it, but
shuriken throwing is very difficult.
Professional ninjas throw them neatly like this! It requires a good throwing form. I’m impressed with their beautiful arm swinging…
A professional ninja’s shurikens hit the target so deep. I realized that a shuriken is actually a deadly weapon.
This shuriken game determines the best shuriken throwers every season and rewards them with a diploma and a commemorative gift! The first prize is a ninja sword! If you win the grand champion title, you’ll even receive 2.2 kilograms of Iga beef and 20 kilograms of Iga rice. How generous!
When you enjoy enough of the ninja world, you would surely want to buy something as a souvenir! Let me recommend Shinobi-ya for that!
I know I’m not the only one who loves these little gadgets. Shuriken, kunai, Japanese traditional gadgets, imitation swords… they have a variety! You’ll sure feel like a kid in a candy store.
They even have a collaboration imitation sword for Touken Ranbu -ONLINE- as of February, 2017. You’ll probably find your favorite kind of sword here, so please check them out♡
The most popular one here is the rubber kunai. It’s made of rubber and it is safe, but don’t underestimate it.
A professional ninja can slash a piece of paper in a single sweep with the rubber kunai! You could even use it as a paper knife. If you work at an office, be popular by using a rubber kunai to open envelopes.
See how fulfilled you can get with just this ninja area? It has been only an hour or so yet. I can’t believe it! What will become of us after finishing the whole trip here!? Now, let’s move on to the next area. We have only begun~!
Next Page: Let’s take a a stroll on Edo street~