Will you make a great Ninja?
I came across this Ninja Trick House website when my eldest son asked me to show him what REAL Ninjas looked like, back in the days. To state the obvious, google images did not exist back in the Edo era, and a real Ninja caught on camera probably didn’t do too well anyway.
Trick No. 1 – Finding the building
Even with the help of Google Maps, we got lost. This is the only sign out on the street of Kabukicho, where there are 50 other signs just like this.
To be absolutely honest, my wife and I were a bit worried about what to expect…
We went up the stairs (no elevator), and then we were pleasantly surprised.
We were greeted with a souvenir toy sword, followed by a short intro clip. (English available)
A Ninja suddenly appears, and the children got a little scared.
But he turned out to be a friendly one.
1st we were each handed a Katana, and learned the basic movements. My oldest son would have had no fingers if he held a real one like that… (See photo left)
We learned how to protect ourselves from attackers, and practiced attacking the Ninja
The Trick House
The Room has many interesting tricks, escape routes, and hidden weapons.
The Ninja was amazing with kids. I had never seen them so interested.
The Shuriken experience was probably the best part for the kids.
“Shu” = Hand
“Ri” = Behind
“Ken” = Sword
= A sword that you can hide behind your hand.
Children’s shuriken were made of softer material, but the ones my wife and I used were very real.
This was surprisingly very hard.
Newly trained Ninjas with their Ninja-Face
It’s not all about children!
We learned something new too.
The Ninja taught us that the “Tsuba”, or guard between the blade and the handle was as a step to get on the roof, and the rope is there to pull the sword up. Smart.
Ninjas are constantly in danger. We learned how to protect ourselves with a sword, but for small children we got rubber baseball bats.
Don’t forget to take a picture!
“Don’t judge a book by its cover”
Judging by the entrance and general admissions fee (¥1.100), my wife and I were a bit skeptical about Ninja Trick House. And they proved us wrong.
The children had a great time, we learned new facts, and the whole tour was about 45 minutes, which is a great length for kids.
The location (Shinjuku) of this venue is perfect, but one comment I should make is that Kabukicho is known as a red light district. Probably the safest one in the world. It is not a common place to bring small children, but it is not a dangerous neighborhood. If you are planning to go there, I would recommend to go in the day time just to be extra safe, because at night the streets are busy.
Name : Ninja Trick House Tokyo
Phone # : 03-6457-3337
Closest Station :
• Shinjuku Station
Hours : 10:00 AM ~ 6:30 PM
Closed on : Tuesdays / Wednesdays
General Fees : Adults: 1,100 ３ Years old or younger: Free
Budget (How much we spent) : ￥3,300 (2 Adults, 2 Children (5 and 3)
Diaper Changing Space : None
Nursing Room : None
Stroller Friendly?: 0/5
Baby Friendly?: 0/5
Toddler Friendly?: 2/5
Child Friendly?: 5/5
Family Friendly?: 5/5
Foreign Language Assistance?: English
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