It’s one of the most visited parks in the Kinugama Onsen, a hot spring resort town along the Kinugawa River in Tochigi Prefecture. We’re talking about Edo Wonderland!!
Edo Wonderland is a history themed park recreating a Japanese village during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Built with traditional Edo architecture, the town is full of actors dressed in costumes. Visitors are able to rent costumes and dress up as a peasant, ninja, samurai, ronin, shinsen-gumi, detective, king, princess, geisha and a lot more.
In Edo Wonderland you are able to enjoy live shows held in various locations around the park. They vary from comic shows, traditional Japanese theater and also live action plays like the ones in the Ninja Theater where you’ll be able to see sword battles, ninja magic and martial arts.
Other attractions include:
・The Yaba Archery Range:
Practice your skills in the art of Kyudo (Japanese Archery)
Play darts in an old Edo town!
・Ninja Throwing Stars:
Learn to throw the famous Ninja weapon, the shuriken!!
・Yakatabune Boat Cruise:
Enjoy a trip between the streets of the Edo village by river.
・Fire Watch Tower and Edo Town Fire Brigade Museum:
The Fire Watch Tower is located in the center of the town and is the tallest building in the village. The Edo Town Fire Brigade Museum captures the essence of the work of the “Senkumi” (Firefighters) of the Edo Period, when fires occurred quite frequently.
A famous bridge, and also the place for some spontaneous fights between Ronin (masterless samurai)
・Ninja Karasu Yashiki House:
A museum for various Ninja weapons and tools. A glimpse into the life of these warriors.
・Ninja Kai Kai Tei, House of Illusions:
A house of illusions where the walls seem to bend and balls seem to roll.
A replica of an old blacksmith workshop that show how the craftsmen of the period worked.
You will find various shops around the theme park selling souvenirs like toy weapons, teapots and woodblock prints.
You can also find large restaurants and small food stalls serving Edo period cuisine like yakisoba and dango (dumplings).
Don’t forget to visit Tori-Soba-Ya, which serves Edo Wonderland’s most popular dish, the Tori-soba (Chicken noodles). Also make sure to try Yama Kujira’s signature dish, white rice topped with beef simmered in a special sauce.
Tobu operates buses between Kinugawa Onsen Station and Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland). The trip takes 20 minutes, costs 410 yen one way. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes. They are covered by the Kinugawa Themepark Pass and the Marugoto Nikko Kinugawa Free Pass.
Additionally, a free shuttle bus operates between Nikko Edomura and Fujiya Kanko Center near Nikko’s Toshogu Shrine. There are 4-5 round trips per day, but buses only operate on days when Edomura is open. The one way trip takes 35 minutes, and some buses stop at JR Nikko Station along the way.
Hours and Fees
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (mid March to November)
9:30 to 16:00 (December to mid March)
Admission ends one hour before closing time
Closed: Wednesdays (except national holidays and during school holidays)
December 8 to 21
Admission: 4700 yen (4100 yen after 14:00 in summer or 13:00 in winter)
Includes access to all shows and attractions
A coupon for 10% off the price of admission can be found here
Admission is covered by some versions of the Kinugawa Themepark Pass
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