Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Japanese have tons of theme park to choose for, rather than the most familiar one, such as Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneysea, and Universal Studio Japan (even though I still prioritised to visited them because I haven’t go to any of them, hey don’t judge me!). There are Sanrio Puroland, Fuji-Q Highland (I am soooo planning to visit them if I have a chance to visit Japan again!), Nagashima Spa Land, Space World, Namco Namjatown, and a tons of other theme park – which, FYI, you can google if you still curious about them. And surprise, surprise, when I researched about must visit places in Kyoto, Times strongly recommended  tourist to visit Toei Kyoto Studio Park.

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Ninja museum & souvenir strore

Here’s a brief about this theme park, taken from their website:

Toei Kyoto Studio Park is the only theme park in Japan where you can observe the filming of period dramas (jidaigeki films). Here you can walk freely around the Toei Kyoto Studio film set. This set depicts a street from the Edo period, and is used to shoot more than 200 films per year. Enjoy the atmosphere of ancient Japan by taking in a ninja show maybe even dressing up as a geisha or samurai. 

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 Old Japanese red district reenactment

It’s seems interesting, right? Especially when I saw that we could rent costumes there, and from what I googled, it was pretty affordable for me. So! I held myself back when I saw a lot of kimono and yukata rental in Gion, because who could resist to have little photo shoot season dressed up with Japanese traditional costume, in a less crowded place like Gion, especially in a film set? Not me.

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Japanese old train, hellooooo!

Therefore, my family visited Toei Kyoto Studio Park amongst our packed itinerary that day. They will cost you 2,200 JPY for adults and 1,100 JPY for children, pretty much the same like Tokyo Skytree’s ticket price, I guess. When we get in to see the costume rental place, we were pretty shocked because the rental price were far expensive from what I saw from google. It was like… 7,500 JPY, I guess? But it turned out that they will dressed you up as Geisha, complete with the hair do and make up for women; and samurai, ninja, and others for man. So, no wonder it was expensive. But, since it will cost a lot if all of my family decided to wear costumes, we decided to enjoy and took pictures with our common clothes :'(.

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Japanese old ramen stalls.

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My Dad with Samurai Actor

The place itself was fun! There’s also a Mini Theatre, Haunted House, Ninja Mystery House, and other attraction alongside the movie sets. We only visited Mini Theatre Ninja Mystery House, though, because our schedule was packed that day :(. But the Ninja House was absolutely fun! My parents amazed by the attraction, loll. There’s also souvenir shop everywhere, and you can take photo with the actor if you were lucky, and they also have a store filled with Kyoto’s speciality snacks and souvenirs! Even though the place weren’t as big as Tokyo Disneysea or USJ, but it’s still worth it if you have a lot of time in Kyoto and bored with temples in Kyoto, I guess. 🙂

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 Tea, anyone? (Yes, they have indoor sets, too!)

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 This kid seriously won’t leave me alone when I tried to posed my “nongkrong di genteng” style, lol

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