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Visit a 'detective bar' or travel back into old Japan at a samurai theme park

Explore some of Kyoto's quirkier sides

Ever thought of quitting your day job and becoming a private eye? Neither have we, but those fascinated by the world of stakeouts, hidden listening devices and suspicions of infidelity will surely love Kyoto's Tantei Bar. This detective-themed boozer boasts an atmosphere straight out of a Raymond Chandler novel and even has a hidden door behind a bookshelf. Check out the clip below for more:

 

 

It’s Universal Studios with samurai but without the rides in this movie-set theme park from Toei, producer of Japanese period dramas and superhero shows. The full-scale street sets depict a Japan of yore – wear a yukata and stroll around like a true Edoite:

 

 

Enjoyed the clips? Check out more videos like these at the Play Tokyo Youtube page.

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