Kyoto Travel Must Check | Battle with Samurai in Toei Kyoto Studio Park 東映太秦映画村

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Have you ever dreamed of battling with Samurai back in Edo era in Japan?

Ninja assassination, Samurai sword, Maiko performance… everything you thought can only be found in Edo era, is all real here – Toei Kyoto Studio Park! 東映太秦映画村

Today, we will time travel to Edo era and battle with Samurai and Ninja!

 

What is Toei Kyoto Studio Park 東映太秦映画村?

Eigamura To-ei Kyoto Studio Park

Eigamura, or Toei Kyoto Studio Park – is the only theme park in Japan where you can observe the filming of period dramas (jidaigeki films). Here you can walk freely around the Toei Kyoto Studio film set. This set depicts a street from the Edo period, and is used to shoot more than 200 films per year. Enjoy the atmosphere of ancient Japan by taking in a ninja show maybe even dressing up as a geisha or samurai.

The biggest part of the park is the extravagant yet entertaining swordfight, and the dramatic Samurai / Ninja show. However, there are no English subtitle / translation. For non-Japanese speakers, it can be a little bit hard to enjoy. 🙁

Tokei Kyoto Studio Park official website

http://www.toei-eigamura.com/en/

Eigamura basic info:

Opening hour : daily 9am-5pm (9.30am to 4pm from Dec to Feb)
Admission       : ¥2,200 (get in for half price if you come dressed in a kimono)
Access               : Take bus number 75 from Kyoto Station to the Uzumasa Eigamura-michi bus stop.

 

Eigamura Overview

The main entrance of Eigamura

The main entrance of Eigamura

Ticket is 2,200 yen for adult

Ticket is 2,200 yen for adult

The famous red-light restrict in Edo period, Tokyo - Yoshiwara street.

The famous red-light restrict in Edo period, Tokyo – Yoshiwara street.

San-cho-me Street - the longest Edo shopping street in the park. You can find restaurants, pharmacy, sword shop, fashion and other kind of shops. It's a must-used background during the filming of  "Jidaigeki" (Edo ra drama)

San-cho-me Street – the longest Edo shopping street in the park. You can find restaurants, pharmacy, sword shop, fashion and other kind of shops. It’s a must-used background during the filming of “Jidaigeki” (Edo ra drama)

Hundo-ya the money changer in Edo era.

Hundo-ya the money changer in Edo era.

Ukiyo-e 浮世絵 Museum. Here you can learn how Ukiyo-e is made and the history of it.

Ukiyo-e 浮世絵 Museum. Here you can learn how Ukiyo-e is made and the history of it.

The inside of Ukiyo-e Museum

The inside of Ukiyo-e Museum

 

Lunch time

We had udon at a Udon restaurant ^^

We had udon at a Udon restaurant ^^

Curry Udon~ It was really yummyyyy. The cover of chopstick is a sword. It makes you feel like taking out a sword when you are taking out the chopsticks. lol

Curry Udon~ It was really yummyyyy. The cover of chopstick is a sword. It makes you feel like taking out a sword when you are taking out the chopsticks. lol

See how Monika takes out the chopstick sword xD

See how Monika takes out the chopstick sword xD

Tama chan, Merce and Stephanie

Tama chan, Merce and Stephanie

I swear that it was a coincidence!! @@

I swear that it was a coincidence!! @@

 

Samurai Battle

Samurai battle in Toei Kyoto Studio Park. It was very entertaining. :) look at the kid lol

Samurai battle in Toei Kyoto Studio Park. It was very entertaining. 🙂 look at the kid lol

We couldn't participate in the battle lesson as when we reached there, the show was started. Anyway, take a photo for memory ^^

We couldn’t participate in the battle lesson as when we reached there, the show was started. Anyway, take a photo for memory ^^

 

Ninja Kingdom

Monika got cut by a Ninja suddenly while we were checking out the souvenir shop >"<

Monika got cut by a Ninja suddenly while we were checking out the souvenir shop >”<

Then Monika was pissed off lol

Then Monika was pissed off lol

You can find kid ninjas everywhere in the park. lol

You can find kid ninjas everywhere in the park. lol

We wanted to try this but it cost 500 yen! I thought the attraction fee should be included in our 2,200 yen admission but it was not :(

We wanted to try this but it cost 500 yen! I thought the attraction fee should be included in our 2,200 yen admission but it was not 🙁

Ninja Mystery House - where you can learn about  the inner working of Ninja. Cost 500 yen too :( I will try it next time when I come back again.

Ninja Mystery House – where you can learn about the inner working of Ninja. Cost 500 yen too 🙁 I will try it next time when I come back again.

Shuriken Practice (traditional Japanese concealed weapon) cost money too. So we went to the souvenir shop next to it. lol

Shuriken Practice (traditional Japanese concealed weapon) cost money too. So we went to the souvenir shop next to it. lol

All staff here are in Ninja dress.

All staff here are in Ninja dress.

Want some Ninja swords? There are many in Ninja Kingdom ^^

Want some Ninja swords? There are many in Ninja Kingdom ^^

 

Ninja show – Jiraiya

We watched a Ninja show about the greatest Ninja in Japanese folktale - Jiraiya.

We watched a Ninja show about the greatest Ninja in Japanese folktale – Jiraiya.

Ninja show theatre in Eigamura

Ninja show theatre in Eigamura

You know this right? The evocation magic of Jiraiya - summoning a giant frog. xD

You know this right? The evocation magic of Jiraiya – summoning a giant frog. xD

The Ninja show is a combination of screen animation and actors moves. All the sound effects matched perfectly with the actors' moves. I suppose they practiced very hard.

The Ninja show is a combination of screen animation and actors moves. All the sound effects matched perfectly with the actors’ moves. I suppose they practiced very hard.

Random

Girl in love lol

Girl in love lol

Everywhere in the park you can see many Edo costumes.

Everywhere in the park you can see many Edo costumes.

It's written on the signboard that this sculpture thing is representative of the park.

It’s written on the signboard that this sculpture thing is representative of the park.

Since it's a Toei Studio Park, there are many facilities in the park such as Anime Museum, Toei Movies Museum, where we can learn how Toei makes Anime and movies.

Since it’s a Toei Studio Park, there are many facilities in the park such as Anime Museum, Toei Movies Museum, where we can learn how Toei makes Anime and movies.

There are some interesting facilities for photograph such as Marilyn Monroe pose. There is wind coming up from the floor when you stand at the right position. lol

There are some interesting facilities for photograph such as Marilyn Monroe pose. There is wind coming up from the floor when you stand at the right position. lol

There are many other attractions, facilities in the Toei Kyoto Studio Park. I really regret that I didn’t study about the Edo period before I went there. It would be more interesting if we could know all the functions of those buildings in the park.

After all, it’s a very good place to visit for photograph. I highly recommend you go with family or your girlfriend, as the atmosphere there is quite peaceful. 🙂

Any request of Kyoto? Tell me in comment section and I will go take photos and videos for you. 😉

Shen Lim
A Chinese Malaysian, Blogger, Vlogger on YouTube, Tour Guide in Japan. He believes 1 day his videos can bring Japan and Malaysia together. マレーシア華人、ブロガー、YouTubeクリエイター、日本にいるツアーガイドです。いつか自分の動画は日本とマレーシアを繋げる架け橋になると信じています。 Read more ABOUT him.

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