Explore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience: A Glimpse into the World of the Ninja

Explore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience: A Glimpse into the World of the Ninja

 

From movies to books, comics to video games, ninjas have become one of the most iconic images in Japanese culture. But have you ever wondered what the life of a ninja was actually like in Japan? Were they like their silver screen counterparts, stealthily moving in the shadows? Or was there something more that’s been lost in translation? 

 

Explore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience: A Glimpse into the World of the Ninja

 

Luckily you can experience and learn more about what ninjas were actually like in theExplore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience streamed directly from Odawara Castle in Odawara city, Kanagawa. This hour-long Zoom journey takes you through the centuries old castle and unveils the true life of a ninja. 

 

Explore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience: A Glimpse into the World of the Ninja

 

The experience begins with a brief tour through Odawara Castle, detailing its construction, defenses,  and some of its collections. You’ll feel as if you've been transported there in person as the host walks you through the different areas of the castle.

 

Explore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience: A Glimpse into the World of the Ninja

 

You then get to participate in the main interactive attraction of the experience: learning about the castle’s ninjas and meeting a master of ninja techniques and knowledge. This master specializes in the Fuma clan, the clan particular to the Hojo family who called Odawara castle home. He shows you how to use various ninja weapons, like the katana (sword) and shuriken (throwing blades) - be sure to bring your own props to participate! - as well as techniques using hand gestures called kuji. All the while the master gives insight into the history and philosophy of the ninja, emphasizing the need for respect and reverence with your practice.

 

Explore Japanese Castle and Ninja Experience: A Glimpse into the World of the Ninja

 

Having participated in the experience, I can say that I learned quite a bit about ninjas and was surprised by how little I actually knew about them. Most of all, the experience was an incredible window into elements of Japanese history and philosophy, which were exemplified through the unique demonstrations and explanations. 

In a time when travel to Japan isn’t possible, this experience transports you to Odawara castle and allows you to participate in the world of the ninja.


To learn more and to book your experience visit:https://www.discoverjapan.guide/explore-japanese-castle-and-ninja-culture/

Price: ~$17.50/person (¥2000/person)

Group rate: ~$13/person (¥1500/person) for groups of 5+


 

About the author: The spark that lit Kevin Kilcoyne’s interest in Japanese culture began in elementary school through a friendship with his then classmate Keisuke. Since then, that passion has evolved and bloomed to encompass more than just video games and manga, leading Kevin to live in Japan as a participant of the JET program. During his time in Japan, Kevin sought out as many foods as he could, the experiences and taste memories lingering long after they had gone. Now he is forging a path to link his passions for Japanese food, history, and visual culture and is planning for his return to live in Japan once again. For now, you can find Kevin on Instagram (@waruishouten) where he posts his photography and illustration work. Keep an eye out for more posts and updates as Kevin delves more deeply into his passions for writing and food!



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