Asakusa is best known for its charming old streets and, of course, the Tokyo landmark, Sensoji Temple – but now you’ll have a new reason to visit Tokyo’s historical neighbourhood. The Japan Ninja Council (yes, it exists) has just opened the Ninja Information Centre Tokyo & Dojo, where you can get a full ninja experience with introductory courses on a range of ninja skills.
There are three different courses led by certified ninja Tsuyoshi Igarashi, where you’ll learn techniques including shuriken (throwing ninja stars), stealth and sensory perception.
The elementary 40-minute Ninja Experience (¥2,200) includes training on shuriken throwing, kuji kiri (ninja hand signals) plus an in-depth explanation of the key equipment used for spying and acquiring intelligence. With this course, you can rent a ninja costume for an additional ¥1,100.
There's also the 60-minute Short Nindo Experience (¥7,700). Here you’ll learn physical skills such as how to move around stealthily and how to meditate. You'll also don a ninja attire for this course.
The elaborate 90-minute Long Nindo Experience (¥9,900) is the full package. It features everything in the short course mentioned above plus kodachi sword training as well as skills in sensory perception and stealth.
Reservations are highly recommended. However, walk-ins are welcome for the 40-minute Ninja Experience, pending on availability. For more information, visit the website.
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