It may not be the real thing, but for a foreign tourist, it's a sample of old Japan in a theme park setting.
No roller coster rides, no amusement machines... just shows and play area.
We'd been to Disneys and Disney like theme parks. This is different; sample the culture, sights, sounds, and smells of old Japan. It may be a very touristy place, but where else can a tourist experience Shogun (or the youger gen. - The Last Samurai) street settings and shows.
I think we took the right choice of going there by train. We got the Tobu train, bus, and theme park package all-in-one. It costs JPY6000 per adult. The tourist office at Asakusa was very helpful
The train ride was pleasant, we get to see rural Japan. It was an enjoyable train ride with views of paddy fields and mountains.
The ninja shows and acts were enjoyable. There were traditional games that kids can play and win prizes. We could even rent costumes and go about in them (that's and additional cost). Cheaper just to go to the in-house photo studio and take photos in their costumes.
Hot snacks are available. As Muslims there were choices that we can enjoy (grilled seafood, corn and grilled mashed potato) but I advise pack some sandwiches and have them at the benches near their vending machines.
English guides are available with most signage are in dual language. The shows however are in Japanese. A brief English summary would be distributed before the start of the show (otherwise enjoy a Japanese live anime without subs... you can still understand the story).
Budget for the bulk of the day, and enjoy something more then a Disney outing (cheaper too).
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