After reading reviews here I was initially hesitant to visit this place but I did go in the end and I'm glad I did!
+ Plenty of photo opportunities throughout the park.
+ It isn't exactly flooded with people (or at least it wasn't on the day I went) and that makes photography even easier. You don't have to contend with a thousand and one other tourists.
+ Costumed actors walk around, and are most willing to take pictures with you or to let you take pictures of them
+ A fun little chanbara show that's quite easy to enjoy even with the language barrier. And pleasantly efficient handling of them photo op after that.
- If you're there for thrills and excitement, this will let you down. It's really meant for pleasant, slow meanderings and lots and lots of photos.
- English isn't widely used throughout, although signboards are in Japanese and English
- More costumed actors would be nice (but this is a minor gripe, really)
- They probably need to dust some of the props and sets...
The detailed stuff:
== Not an amusement park BUT... ==
Toei Uzumasa Eigamura is not a theme park - there are no rides except for a haunted house (which I didn't bother with, since that's not my thing) and no games except for a shuriken-throwing booth near the haunted house. One of my friends tried it - he failed to hit the target but it was still kinda fun. They gave him real metal shurikens, not plastic ones, which was cool.
But what this place is, really, is a big photography set for you to wander around in and take pictures at will. They have costumed actors and actresses walking around dressed in Edo-period clothing, who are most willing to pose for photos with you if you ask. There aren't many of them, but I think it was a nice touch anyway.
Quite a number of the recreated houses in there are open and you'll find a single large room or two set up and ready for photos. Some are merely for display, but others are sets and props meant for photo ops. Those meant for display only will have signboards within, indicating as such.
== Dress up! ==
My two friends and I chose to rent kimonos on the day we visited this place, which turned out to be a really good choice because:
(1) you get in for half price if you're dressed in traditional Japanese wear (normal adult entry fee: JPY2200, we paid JPY1100)
(2) you look like you belong the the place - taking photos there suddenly becomes a lot more entertaining because you feel like you're really part of it.
You can rent kimonos at the Studio Park itself, but I think it's quite expensive - although they do provide professional hair and makeup services as well. We rented our kimonos from another shop (and spent the whole day in those outfits), which was cheaper, although only a simple hairstyle was provided (for us girls).
== Language can be a problem ==
They have several little shows throughout the day, but the downside to this is that they're entirely in Japanese, with no subtitles. I know a little bit of Japanese but was quite unable to enjoy the storyteller's show.
== But the chanbara show was fun ==
The chanbara (swordfighting) performance was much more entertaining because even though you don't understand the dialogue entirely, the fights are fun to watch. They also get 3 volunteers from the audience after the show and teach them a few moves with the katana, then have them each stage a mock fight with the "baddie".
After the chanbara show, you get to pose with the actors and take a photo or two - they'll give you their katana to hold too! haha (They're very efficient in the management of the chanbara photo op, which is a good thing. First you queue up. When it's your turn, you place your bags and stuff in a basket that the staff set out for you at the side. You hand the staff member your camera - or cameras, if you're in a group - and go to pose with the actors. The staff member will take your photo for you. We had 2 cameras between the three of us, and we gave the guy both cameras so he took pictures with both. After that you retrieve your camera and bags and off you go. Very, very efficient.)
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