The hard core ninja experience at the popular ninja spot “HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!”
Enjoy the subculture amusement of the ancient Japan!
For foreigners visiting Japan, the “Ninja” has been always attractive and it will never change. It seems that amusement where you can have a ninja experience is especially popular. So this time, I have been to "HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!" that is the first ninja facility in Hokkaido opened in 2017!
This idea is new! Going to the secret Ninja house while enjoying VR
It was 1 hour by train from New Chitose Airport. I arrived in Sapporo! This Sapporo TV Tower was actually the starting point of Hokkaido Ninja DO!
In a previous notice, I was told to come to the first floor of this Sapporo TV Tower, "Sapporo Tourist Information Center". I just waited for the time to come, without knowing what would happen after this. Then from nowhere, a voice of a woman said...
"Welcome to HOKKAIDO NINJA DO! This is Tsubaki, I'd be a guide this time. This car will take you to the place!"
And I went inside of the car as I was told.
"Then please wear this. The place of our ninja village is a secret. I’ll take you to the house, while you wear this VR goggle and watch the video that you can see around 360 degrees. There is a place where the actual car movement and the video movement are different, so please tell me if you get carsick.”
Then I was handed over the earphone and goggles.
I don’t want to spoil the video so I cannot say how it was like, but it was so much fun! While I was enjoying this highly realistic video, soon the NINJA DO car arrived at the ninja house. I picked up my favorite straw sandal before going up to the second floor. There was a changing room with a certain atmosphere, and it was very clean! I got so excited imagining myself in this ninja clothes and the experience waiting for me afterwards.
The time to experience training finally! The head of NINJA DO! "Yakama" appeared
There was a a spacious and clean dojo, as I was passed through the inner hall. Then, a ninja appeared there.
"Hello! I am Yakama, the head of HOKKAIDO NINJA DO! Let 's have a ninja experience together. Thank you!"
Nice to meet you, Mr.Yakama!
He explained to me about the program, and the careful warming-up exercises started, as he said that “as a ninja, warming-up is very important” and then, had a meditation with sitting straight, which felt like a bit long time. I was thinking that it might be a little hard for people from overseas... and then....
Let's start with the lecture first, to learn about ninja!
He taught me about the history and the original duty of the ninja, and the importance of a mental attitude, etc. in a light tone after the meditation. Also he taught me about the toin and Kuji-kiri correctly and nicely! By the way, when the foreigners come, Kunoichi who served as a guide to this place, Ms. Tsubaki, would be also serving as an interpreter (English) apparently.
In addition, Mr. Yakama taught me gently and pleasantly, how the ninja walks, how to use the ninja sword, etc.
Then the time to learn practical skills, that I was waiting for! Throwing‐knife and drawing a sword were fun!
And further going to the inner room, there was more spacious training hall. He taught me how to use Japanese swords and how to swing them. After generally learning how to use Japanese swords...it is time to practice against a mannequin. First of all Mr.Yakama showed us an example. After him, I also slashed a mannequin without reserve.
Then you can practice a throwing‐knife, as well as a blowgun and a rope-walking etc. I got really serious on a throwing‐knife and a blowgun, because there was an aim I could throw at.
Moreover, it was fun to search for scrolls hidden in the house by resolving puzzles and codes, and to have tricks in the house! Not only children but also adults would enjoy here, feeling like a child again, and I’m sure there would be full of fresh surprises for foreigners.
You can get the certificate after completing the experience! I recommend Ninja experience that you can return to your childhood.
After completing all the experiences, I received ninja certification! Mr.Yakama would comprehensively evaluate and rank me to either jonin for high-ranking ninja, chunin for middle-ranking ninja and genin for low-ranking ninja; my result was.. chunin. I still need to devote myself!
HOKKAIDO NINJA DO! welcomed me even at the busy time. It was a fun experience purely and I am sure that all the families and foreigners can enjoy activities there.
"HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!", the first ninja facility in Hokkaido.
Please visit there when you go Sapporo!
Experience fee: Adult 5000 yen / child (up to 12 years old or elementary school student) 4000 yen
Booking: Visit the official website below
Meeting place: the first floor of Sapporo TV Tower, inside of the "Sapporo Tourist Information Center" Sapporo city, Hokkaido
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