Raise your hand if at any point in your life you’ve wanted to be a ninja. *raises both hands* Yep, that’s me alright. I’ve always wanted to be a ninja. If only to be able to do one thing: throw a shuriken. How I fell in love with those ninja stars the first time I saw them. Such small and efficient weapons! So without skipping a beat, I jumped at the chance to visit the Saga Ninja Village Hizen Yume Kaidou.
Training started with the challenge of finding the ninja village. Without any pocket WiFi, we somehow located our training camp after an hour of train ride, half an hour bus ride and a quarter of an hour walking in the rain. We were relentless in our quest. Since it was raining that day, we found the historical theme park quite a bit deserted. The gloom and the mud accentuated the Edo era feel that the ninja camp was trying to sell. Then we saw our first ninja who sold us our tickets and tried to convince us to wear the ninja costumes. My companion would have none of it while I was only hesitant because I was sure there would be no size for me. So we moved on and explored the place.
The place, rundown as it was, had its merits. I do hope they revamp the place and add more attractions and activities. But really, I was still glad we went all the way from Sasebo to Saga for this experience. Because there wasn’t a lot of people due to the weather, we were able to take our time and not be stressed by any crowd. The staff was so nice and let us use the blow darts and shurikens until we were both tired and ashamed (me) for our lack of throwing skills. Geeking out was absolutely fun! And those souvenir shurikens made everything worth it.
How to go to Saga Ninja Village Hizen Yume Kaidou
- From Sasebo or Hakata Train Station: Take the local train to Takeo-Onsen
- At the Takeo-Onsen Station: Take the Bus to Kokaido Mae Bus Stop
- Walk to the Saga Ninja Village
716-1, Oaza, Shimonoko, Ureshino-cho, Ureshino-shi, Saga
Weekdays: 09:00 to 16:00
Weekends and holidays: 09:00-17:00
Admission + 4 activities: 1100 JPY
Ninja Show with treasure hunt: 500 JPY
Shuriken: 400 JPY each
October 21, 2016
***All photos were taken using iPhone 6