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Esashi-Fuijiwara Heritage Park

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maritora wrote a review Mar 2019
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan4,358 contributions145 helpful votes
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This spot is a theme park where you can take a walk around the set of imitation towns for filming Japanese historical drama. The area is divided into severals, and there are many photo spots such as a red bridge and fences that imitate the Heian period. Entrance fee is 900 yen per person. It is in the suburbs and there are few buses, I recommend going by car. If you use a taxi, it may cost about 2600 yen from Mizusawa Esashi Station. There is an area where you can wear a princess kimono for free, and you can also wear a Japanese armor. Remember that this spot is for movie sets, so they do not have real history.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Chuzaa wrote a review Jun 2017
Vancouver, Canada3,522 contributions656 helpful votes
This was originally built as an outdoor movie set for Radio Japan (NHK)’s TV drama production in 1993 by NHK itself, the city of Esashi (a part of today’s city of Oushu) and several private investors. The TV drama series was set in Esashi and Hiraizumi areas with the Oushu Fujiwara samurai families. After the TV drama production, the open-air set was opened to the public as a permanent historical theme park. Ever since its official opening in July 1993, it’s been attracting not only more TV drama and feature movie productions, but also group and individual tourists. According to the park’s pamphlet, some 120 large and small buildings were built in the space of 20 hectares or about 50 acres in a countryside of the Esashi district of the city of Oushu. Main buildings for the local government operations (lower section) and a living quarters (hilltop and lower sections) for the nobilities are presented with life-size samurai figures. However, no elaborate interior decorations are not seen anywhere since most of these buildings are still constantly in use for historical TV drama and movie productions. We have counted more than two dozen TV drama and movie productions at the “TV drama and Movie Production Information Centre” near the entrance. It has a large free parking lot and a large restaurant/gift shop building for sightseers.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Anna T wrote a review Aug 2016
None10 contributions6 helpful votes
Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park (sometimes known as Esashi Fujiwara no Sato) was a crowd-pleaser, with something for everyone: traditional costumes and armor to try on, trick art, deer dances, and my favorite, the archery corner, which I could have done all day. Enjoy the park for as long as you like, then pop to the nearby restaurant for some seriously tasty noodles. We went during the summer, so I went for Morioka Reimen and some apple ice cream. We went by car, but if you don’t have one the easiest way is via taxi. The staff are friendly, eager to please, and foreigner-friendly. I’ll definitely bring my friends and family here the next time they visit.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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Sandrafiza wrote a review Jul 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia48 contributions7 helpful votes
The no 1 reason i went there is because of the Heian style 12 layer kimono(Junihitoe). I searched high and low for the perfect rental shop and I think this is the best: their kimono is in vibrant color and the photo shooting location just beautiful (both indoor and outdoor). When i reached the park entrance they already knew and great me by name cause they only provide 2 rental service per-day (either morning or afternoon) and I'm the only foreigner. So they told me what I need to do and when. Ms Konno & Ms Segawa was such a great help with the costume and camera (half way thru the process both my sister abandoned me), they explain in simple English what each kimono name (I can't understand Japanese so they can't explain much). Anyway others that the kimono we had fun with samurai armor, traditional archery and their Heian trick art. If you watched any of the movie/drama that used this park as filming location then you appreciated it more. The entrance fees is only 800 yen. We took taxi from Muzusawa Esashi station and to go back their staff help us to call for taxi (taxi =1,500 yen per way)
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Date of experience: April 2016
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