Secret Ninja Park in Japan: Edo Wonderland
Edo Wonderland is a traditional Japanese Ninja & Samurai theme park with many incredible attractions for enthusiasts. You can even dress as a Samurai or Ninja and have your picture taken. Do not miss this place upon visiting Japan!
- What: Edo Wonderland
- Where: Nikko, Tochigi, Japan [Map]
- Hours: 9:30am - 4pm
- Price: ¥4,700 Yen ($41 USD)
- Why: Experience the magical Edo period of Japan
- Tickets: Click here
- Notes: Take a guided bus tour to the park since it far from Tokyo, I went with Travelpal. Don't miss the Oiran street show, ninja show and water show.
- Similar: Sumo Wrestling Adventure
My brother and I were obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles back in the 80's which sparked my initial interest in Japanese Ninja & Samurai culture.
Edo Wonderland should be an item on your bucket list if you ever decide to visit Japan. The park offers everything related to Samurai's and Ninjas.
The trip was booked through Tokyo Travel as my previous trip to Nikko and to be honest, skip Nikko, Edo Wonderland is way more fun!
Edo Wonderland is a theme park where the culture and life of the Edo period is reproduced. Anyone would feel as if they had a time travel and arrived in the Edo period.
Rows of houses in an inn town, downtown, samurai residential area and a ninja village are reproduced in the village with an area of about 500 thousand square meters.
I had a lot of fun at the park with my Russian buddy John who I met on the bus. I even dressed up as a traditional Samurai.
There are also some "haunted" areas like Jigoku Temple, the Choushuu-han Residence (where you can find wax figures of samurai hacking each other to pieces), and the Kodema-cho Jail House (where you can find out about the torture methods for criminals in the Edo Period).
And what theme park wouldn't be complete without shopping and food? There are several eating and shopping spots in Edo Wonderland. For eating, you can enjoy ramen, sweets, snacks, soba, udon, seasoned rice, yakitori, rice bowls, and of course sake.
Edo Wonderland is a lot of fun to explore, but it can be a little pricey to get in. For a full-day pass to get in for adults (13 and up) is ¥4,500 (¥2,300 for kids) or there is also the option of the half-day pass (starting after 2:00 PM in the summer and 1:00 PM in the winter) for ¥3,900 for adults (¥2,000 for kids).
Check out their website, they offer a coupon for visitors and if you have an ISTC ID you can get 15% off admission. There are also discounts available if you are in a large group (8 or more). Also check out the related PDF map.