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“Superb Japanese ninja experience for kids ”

Kokano-sato Ninjutsumura
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Our kids loved the entire experience and we had a blast watching the kids become ninjas and take on various challenges. They have a great shop (our kids got a ninja sword pack that is not sharp at all and quite fun) and food or bring a picnic. The water challenge is optional. Our kids did it and it was worth every minute and laugh!

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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Staffs are friendly and nice. something went down and under construction but me and my boyfriend have a good time here.

Thank PakkawanS1
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

This was quite an interesting day trip.
Not that suitable for adults unless you are entirely into ninja history.

There is a booth to rent ninja costumes for both adults and children
Many ninja-activities for children for example crawling through tiny underground tunnels and crossing a pond on two floats.
There are old ninja homes with hidden trap doors around.

Overall, moderately interesting, best for family with kids.
Mostly local japanese families there.

1  Thank BobochachaC
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We traveled from Osaka by JR, via Kyoto to Kusatsu (45 mins) then transit another hourly train to Koka (+35 mins), we called the number on the website and free shuttle after in 10 mins. For a 4 hour round trip, this place is only allow us to spend 1 hour max. As the other review said, a ninja house to show the traps with a guide only speak English, a small museum, there are no ninja demonstration. The only young ninja around are dress up for your kids of 600 JPY each additional. There are no interaction and some places are out of service.

We had been to another ninja village in Hokkaido and that was much more interacting and fun.

2  Thank sneezyam a
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is Koga Ninjutsu-mura, Ninja Village, in Shiga-ken, outside Koga. Obviously the site is geared toward fun activities for children, such as ninja dress-up, wall-climbing, shuriken training, and so on. One receives a ninja scroll certifying their accomplishments as a Ninja at the end of the day.

The Ninja Village is not without its historical merits though. There are several thatched-roof structures dotted about as well as a shrine dedicated to Ninja ancestors. These are traditional rural dwellings not at all common nowadays. One of these is the “Ninja-yashiki” or Ninja House, constructed in 1842. It was inhabited by the Fujibayashi family. There are secret entrances and trap doors, such as in the hearth and behind hanging scrolls. One room’s ceiling is designed to fall down onto attackers. The house was undisputedly designed as a ready-to-defend home for Bushi. There is a museum on site which exhibits weapons, armour (the chain-mail type most readily associated with Ninja) and ladders used for scaling walls. You can learn some nifty things about clandestine warfare. There is also a well leading to hidden tunnels which you can traverse. At the village I learnt about “Namakubi” and “Nisekubi” or severed heads and fake severed heads.

Ninja Blue, Ninja Red and Ninja Pink are my friends. They’re dressing up for fun. The young man in black ninja wear and a red hoody is a staff member supervising the activities.

There is a dojo-like space with Tatami matting where you can learn how to throw shuriken. The pupils there are all children, naturally. As fair warning to foreigners: if you attend a ninja school in Japan, you should probably be a child. There are many cos-play teams nationwide which teach “ninjutsu” to children. Adult foreigners should probably refrain from joining such schools. That said, Koga Ninjutsu-mura is fun for all ages.

Pictured: mizugumo no jutsu, (small) castle wall scaling, wall-walking (the sign pictured says: “yoko aruki”), traditional rural architecture in the snow, and Tanuki-mura. Tanuki is Japanese racoon dog. The Tanuki Village, close to Ninja Village, is full of Tanuki statues, some of them taller than houses. There are also ninja statues there too, can you spot them? At Tanuki-mura you can make your own pottery. Personally, the tanuki statues scare me. They have the eyes of dead things.

Thank ART196
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