You can become a ninja!? 5 Recommended Ninja Spots in Japan
Since you’ve come to Japan, you definitely want to experience being a ninja at least once right? Here are 5 spots where you can enjoy feeling like a ninja.
Myoryuji located in Kanazawa is a temple with a lot of history, established in 1643. Because it was assigned the role of protecting the castle, it has many hidden stairways, traps, watchtowers and other devices meant to deceive the enemy. When you have a look, you will be surprised at the wit of those who lived before us. Although there are no ninjas, because of its complicated construction and traps, it is nicknamed “Ninjadera” (Ninja Temple). Recommended for those who want to savor the kind of atmosphere where you feel like you can bump into a real ninja.
Entrance fee for adults (middle school and above) 1,000 JPY, elementary school 700 JPY
*Reservations are required for entry.
Device behind the stairs with spears aimed at the enemy.
NINJA AKASAKA located in Akasaka, Tokyo is a Japanese-style restaurant established in a ninja residence with the concept of “ninja hospitality”. Inside the restaurant, there is the background sound of waterfalls used for training, ponds and insect noises which will make you feel like you really have entered a ninja residence!
They offer ingeniously made cuisine and when serving your food, the staff who are dressed like ninjas will perform ninjutsu (a general term for the movements and tools used by ninjas when gathering secret information). Also, you’ll be happy to know that there are bilingual ninjas on staff. Be sure to pay a visit!
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a theme park where you can relive the Edo period (1603 - 1868). You can savor the feeling of having slipped back in time to an era 400 years ago when ninja were flourishing. Inside the building you can see ninja, experience ninja activities like throwing shuriken and appreciate an intense ninja show. Renting ninja costumes are only available for children but since there are tons of other costumes from that era, you can transform yourself and walk through the streets of Edo! (Clothing rental is a separate fee)
1 Day fare: adults 4,700 JPY, children 2,400 JPY Half-day fare: (from 2pm onwards (1pm onwards during winter)) adults 4,100 JPY, children 2,100 JPY
NINJA DOJO and STORE is recommended for those who want to have a no-fuss ninja experience. You can experience being a ninja at the dojo which replicates a ninja residence and buy ninja themed goods at the attached store. There are plenty items available so it’s perfect for picking out souvenirs! You can listen to the history of ninja in English, throw shuriken and darts, learn to walk like a ninja and have a full-blown ninja experience at a place that will surely be irresistible for ninja fans. (Reservations required, 1 hour per person from 8,000 JPY).
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
When you talk about Iga, it is famous for Iga Ryu, one of the 2 large schools which are the birthplace of ninjutsu. The Iga Ryu Ninja Museum is made up of the Iga Ryu Ninja Residence, Ninja Experience Hall, Ninja Tradition Hall and “NINJA Bou” (the museum shop), so you can experience the Iga Ryu ninjutsu from a variety of angles. Among other things, one of the highlights is a genuine ninja residence from Tateyama which was dismantled and reassembled there. The Ninja Experience Hall which has over 400 ninja tools on display, shuriken throwing experience (separate fee), and the flashy ninjutsu action show (separate fee) are some of the popular attractions.
Admission fee: Adults (high school and upwards) 756 JPY (incl. tax), children (4 years - middle school) 432 JPY (incl. tax).
Try having a ninja experience for amazing memories of your trip to Japan!
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