5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location:Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Ninja School: Ninja for a Day

Train as a ninja during a private workshop and you’ll learn all the secrets of these spies and assassins of feudal Japan. Masters of stealth and disguise, ninjas – also known as shinobi – were members of a secret society about which very little was known. Your private ninja lesson in Tokyo offers insight as well as hands-on instruction in meditation, weaponry and fighting techniques.


  • Private 1.5-hour ninja workshop in Tokyo
  • Disguise yourself in the dark clothing of a ninja
  • Practice meditation and hand gestures to calm the mind
  • Learn the secret arts of the ninja from your private instructor
  • Try grappling, self-defense, weaponry and other ninja techniques

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What You Can Expect

Ninja School: Ninja for a Day

Private Ninja Workshop in Tokyo

After pickup at JR Tabata Station, head to the dojo in central Tokyo, where you will be fitted in dogi (training clothes) before your ninja training begins. To ensure that your mind is calm and undisturbed, your private instructor will lead you in meditation and kujikiri (the practice of using hand gestures to strengthen the mind).

Once you are mentally prepared, learn about shuriken, aka ninja stars. When you are warmed up, it’s time to enter the secret world of the ninja, learning their secrets and fighting techniques. Under the guidance of your professional trainer, choose one of several ninja skills to practice: grappling, self-defense, iai swordsmanship (a Japanese style of martial arts using a sword), rope or chain techniques, or shintai-sosa (to summarize this practice: you'll use muscles you didn't know you had).

When your lesson is complete, you’ll be transferred back to JR Tabata Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was one of the best experiences I had while staying in Tokyo. Everyone one involved from the translator to the instructor were extremely polite and helpful. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the ninja history!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Ninja school was one of those experiences that will never be forgotten, without hesitation I would give it 10/10. The ninja master was both encouraging and supportive. I would do it again and if they had a longer course I would do that as well. It gave a glimpse of ancient / traditional Japan and how those values still influence Japan today.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great class. We learned about the history of Ninja and then practiced as one. Throwing stars, blow darts and swords. Had a blast. Translators were great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

very interesting and thorough demonstration of ninja skills very patient instructor and top notch translating i recommend this activity to everyone alot of fun and very nice people

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very cool experience. A sense of wonder enveloped me from the moment I approached the nondescript dojo. There's a chance to buy some cool ninja items afterwards, too. FYI: The tour guide translates everything the ninja says (if you don't speak Japanese).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Really good activity. I was initially worried the it would be too cheesy or would pander to tourists too much. However our instructor had the right balance of history, fun and hands on experience. Our instructor didn't take himself too seriously either which made the whole thing more enjoyable.

One thing to note, the instructor does not speak much English but out interpreters did a great job throughout the entire session.

Pauline G
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Booked this especially for my teenage son and although they found the location of the session a bit of a surprise (its in a slightly industrial area) both he and my husband really enjoyed their session.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Highly recommend this experience if you have some time spare in Tokyo. When booking I was a bit concerned that it would be a bit silly and gimmicky, but the time we spent in the dojo was anything but. We learned about the weapons and techniques of a ninja before getting to have a go ourselves. Informative, fun and I can now defend myself with a chopstick, can't say fairer than that.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This is fun and good team building. It is even more fun if you know people in your group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour! Went with a 15yr and 14yr kids. They enjoyed it very much. Initially, we thought it might be very touristy but turns out it's very realistic and informative and fun. Sense I was serious but very obliging and patient. The whole environment and atmosphere was great and dispelled a lot of typical myths about ninja that we picked up from the movies. We now know how to properly throw shurikens, use the blowgun and understand a lot more about other weapons, techniques and philosophy a out ninja. Great experience and highly recommended.

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