Review

Ninja Trick House in Tokyo

Flashback to last year with my Mum and Dad visiting me in Japan. We’d had a full day strolling about Harajuku, Shibuya and finally found ourselves in Shinjuku. Shinjuku is the home of the world famous ‘Robot Restaurant,’ but all of us took one look at the flashing lights, creepy giant robots and nauseatingly loud, kitschy music and immediately said, “Yeah nah,” to paying a visit. However, we still wanted to do something with our afternoon, rather than go back to our Airbnb and nap, so I pulled out my phone and had a look google maps. Located just a 4 minute walk from the robot restaurant I discovered the ‘Ninja Trick House in Tokyo’.
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The website for ‘The Ninja Trick House in Tokyo’ (from now on to just be referred to as Ninja House) was conveniently available in English and boasted the promise of throwing ninja stars. I go wild for anything that has a bit of violence involved, so I immediately got my Dad on board with paying a visit and my mum, maybe somewhat reluctantly, tagged along.

When we finally found the right building, and climbed the four levels of stairs to get to the right floor, we found out we would have to wait an hour for the next session. It wasn’t a problem as we all wanted to pee and have a snack, so we trouped back down the stairs and came back at the right time. If you’re one of those people who likes planning everything out to the minute, I would suggest booking in advance. If you’re one of those people who are happy to go with the flow the Ninja House located in an interesting area so there is plenty to look at while you wait.

When our session started, we were herded into a room to watch the history of Ninjas. This was quite interesting, didn’t take too long and best of all, was offered in English. We then got to go into the main ninja training room and live out our dreams of being ninja. I won’t go into all the details of what went on in this session because part of the fun of being in a ninja trick house is the tricks. What I will say is I found some surprising new uses for the tatami in my bedroom, just in case a ninja invasion ever occurs in my house.

After finishing in the trick room, we went into another room where we literally got to bash things with sticks and sharp pointed objects. If you have anger to be released, this is the ultimate stress reliver. We were taught a basic Ninja move with the wooden swords we had been given, then spent a little while attempting to decapitate a dummy (I say ninja but truthfully I think they were more generic, you have a sword here’s how to use it, skills). As none of us successfully managed to decapitate the dummy, our wooden swords were put away and we were given slightly more lethal ninja stars to throw. I was paired with my mum to throw the stars at the targets and if you’ve ever seen my mum throw, this was a terrifying experience. I’m just thankful I still have eyes left to write this review!After successfully getting one star to stick, our session was unfortunately over, and we reluctantly hung up our swords. However, on the way out we were given a ninja present to keep, which shall be utilised to prank unsuspecting victims, namely my brother. Obviously, I can’t name this present because that’s like me telling you what you got for Christmas before you unwrapped the gift. So, if you want a ninja present or experience for yourself, you’ll just have to check out the ‘Ninja Trick House in Tokyo’.

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I should also mention that sessions were run partly in English and partly in Japanese. There was actually a Japanese family group in our session, so the instructor was fantastic at making sure everyone understood. And speaking of families, this is a great family activity. The person in my family who liked it the most was my father. For the rest of the trip he kept jumping out at me and shouting ninja, which goes to show how much he enjoyed it. I also asked him to provide a review, and this is what he gave me.

“At the Ninja Trick House in Tokyo, the fun will sneak up on you. I give it 4 out of 5 ninja stars.”
– My Dad

If that’s not high praise, I don’t know what is! If you want to check out the ‘Ninja Trick House in Tokyo’ for yourself, all the details are below.
 
Address:
Daiichi Wako Building. 4F 2-28-13 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
(or type ‘Ninja Trick House in Tokyo’ into google maps)

Getting there:
The closest station is either Shinjuku or Seibu-Shinjuku. From there I would definitely just plug the address into google maps and navigate that way. The Daiichi Wako building is a little hard to find, but if you look up, where is a sign outside the building that says Ninja Trick House in Tokyo. Go into this building and climb up to the fourth floor. From there you’ll see some red tori gates, go through these and you’ll have found the counter for paying and booking in your session.

Cost:
1000 yen/person
(or about $12 aud by current conversions – at least current conversions for whenever I posted this review)

Opening Hours:
10am – 7pm with the final session starting at 6.30pm.
(see website for holidays)

Website:
ninja-trick-house.com/en/

Phone number:
If you want to prebook
03-6457-3337
 
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Until next time!
Melissa.

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