Image copyrights belong to authors
Why Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is special ?
Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland) is a history theme park recreating Japanese town life during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The park is really a small town built in Edo style architecture and populated by townspeople in period costume, and has been used as the setting for period tv dramas. Park guests have the opportunity to dress up as well (costumes can be rented for a fee) and tour the town's historically based shops and museums, participate in games and see live shows and theater.
There are various shops and restaurants around Edo Wonderland, most of which sell souvenirs such as teapots, woodblock prints and toy weapons. Other shops however, such as the Blacksmith and Armor Repair Shop, are replica storefronts that show how period craftsmen worked. In addition, there are two wax museums, Kodenmacho Jail House and Kira-Kozukenosuke Residence which show grisly scenes of prison life, torture, battle and vengeance.
What to explore at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura?
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a theme park where the culture and life of the Edo period is reproduced.
Going into the village through the gate representing a checkpoint, visitors would feel as if they had a time travel and arrived in the Edo period. Rows of houses in an inn town, downtown, samurai residential area and a ninja village are reproduced in the village with an area of about 500 thousand square meters.
In the village, many places of interest such as a watch tower to watch for fires in Edo town where many fires occurred and the Nihonbashi Bridge overlooking Yakatabune (houseboat) cruises by are scattered around. There are also six theaters, and visitors can enjoy plays featuring ninja, oiran (courtesans) and so on. The one in which Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura character “Nyan-mage” plays outstandingly is a must-see for the fans of Nyan-mage.
There is more than just seeing, and there is a variety of interactive amusements including the following: “Experience Edo: Work Experience!” offers children an experience of running around the Edo town as either Shinsen-gumi (samurai warriors acted as a special police force), ninja or police officers after getting training for the job of each role; “Konya Dyer's Shop” offers an experience of indigo dyeing which is a craft flourished in the Edo period; “Ninja Star Knives” where visitors can practice throwing ninja stars and “Edo-Style Kimono & Costumes” where visitors can become an Edo-jin (citizen of Edo) wearing a costume of ninja, samurai, princess, geisha, oiran or others. The sensitivity of Japanese grew and flowered in the Edo period. Please feel the spirit of Japanese through experiences.
How to get to Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura?
Get off Kinugawa-onsen by limited express "Kinu" of Tobu Railway. About 2 hours from Asakusa.
By route bus, about 22 minutes from Kinugawa-onsen station.
Run Tohoku Expressway and Nikko-Utsunomiya Road, and exit Imaichi Exit. About 140 km from Tokyo. About 2 hours.
About 10 km from Imaichi Exit.
- Fantastic family experience
- Consumable culture for kids
- Dress up as a Samurai
- Great for the Edo Otaku
- Fun for the whole family
Japan 〒321-2524 栃木県日光市 柄倉470-2
Tips for you
I totally understand the reasons why some foreigners would like this place and why some would not. Edo wonderland is a historical theme park and not a historical reality. The people that love this place like it because they are fans of samurai, geisha, ninjas, and Japanese culture. The sights are really neat and make for great pictures. Sure some things lack authenticity but remember, it's a wonderland. The people that don't like this place say it's not designed for a foreign tourist as all the shows and explanatory signs are in Japanese so it's hard to know what you are watching or looking at. The place is expensive (4500 yen entrance fee) and everything inside is expensive (food, souvenirs, etc). But remember, this is a THEME park and theme parks are generally expensive. So plan accordingly. If you want to dress up, it's much cheaper to bring your costume than buy it there. If you get hungry, bring your snacks with you. If you want to know what you are looking at, read the English guide as there is not explanations inside. Sometimes you need to open your mind as if you were a traveller several hundred years ago and have fun. My kids loved the place. Fed the carp, watched a ninja show, and did a sword fight with a samurai. So much stuff to keep them busy. As an adult I also did a sword fight with the samurai. Be a kid and have some fun.
People here pay money to get dressed up like what they want to be- Ninja, Samurai,...- then talk to each other in japanese Edo style. Also the one working here dress like a real part in Edo period.