Nikko Edo Wonderland
In the prefecture of Tochigi, there is a place where time travel becomes possible … Would you like to see a real samurai? Observe the procession of the extravagant oiran courtesans? Go to a house with ninja traps? Then come enjoy all this and more in theme park Edo Wonderland!
The park is a large-scale recreation of a village of the Edo period (1603-1868), and it is truly an unforgettable experience. In the Edo period, Japan lived an era of peace where culture flourished as never before, giving rise to Kabuki theater, the world of geishas, and the perfection of bushido. The special thing about this park is that it allows you to see history in a direct, fun, and exciting way. From the entrance to the farewell, your visit will be a delight. You will be shown the way by ninjas who point out the path where the villagers will be happy to receive you. There is a Shinto shrine at the entrance of the park where a large statue of a priest welcomes visitors.
A beautiful natural landscape surrounds the site, and in this magical place you can:
– learn to play the shamisen (traditional Japanese instrument)
– see the majestic procession of the oiran
– visit the house of the ninjas
– see a traditional Japanese cup collection
– stroll through the true environment of the Edo period
– taste Japanese food that was eaten at that time
And many other extraordinary experiences!
Every once in a while you might see a feudal lord surrounded by his loyal warriors, or perhaps you will be caught by the Edo period police with their ropes for a fun photograph. Edo Wonderland is one of the few places in Japan where you can feel like you are in a samurai movie since absolutely everyone who works in the park is dressed in the clothes of the Edo period and to top it all off they also adjust their way of speaking to that of the Edoites.
A visit to Edo Wonderland really is a journey in time. You can also rent a traditional kimono, the armor of samurai, or the elegant suit of an oiran. The procession of the oiran was an event of great importance in the Edo period. In Edo Wonderland you can witness this event and many other mysterious and wonderful things from the Edo period. If you want to know Japan’s history, travel back in time, and live a multisensory experience, stop by Edo Wonderland if you stay overnight in Nikko.