I took the training with my 8-year old son. We dont speak Japanese, however, we didnt feel like we were lacking any communication as the Ninja team did a great job speaking English.
The experience started with a demonstration by the Master Ninja. It was amazing gave us goose bumps.
Then the team introduced us to the history of ninja and overviewed the various tools and weapons.
We had hands-on exercise in ninja walk, sward fighting using safe wooden mock-ups for swards, shuriken throwing, and use of blow gun. In the end, there was a mission where we would need to sneak into a castle and avoid guards on the way back.
The 90 minutes flew by fast. It was a fun, safe, and entertaining experience, one of the best activities we participated in Tokyo. My 8-year old son was fascinated. Two thumbs up! And Thank You to the Ninja Team!
We booked this for our 3 boys: 12, 14 and 16 and they absolutely loved it - it was definitely one of the highlights of our 2-week Japan tour. I and my husband were allowed to stay for the first few minutes while the ninja instructor did a demonstration of moves with his swords beautiful and exciting to watch and after that we were asked to leave. The boys were given robes to wear and were shown basic fighting and stealth moves, and shown authentic ninja weaponry and gadgets. The whole thing was taken very seriously which made it even more appealing. It was authentic, really interesting and utterly compelling. The translator was a delightful lady who took loads of photos for the boys on their various devices. Wholeheartedly recommend this for older children there must be a minimum age because of the weapon handling, teenagers and young adults.
We really loved our experience
Place and Activity-
-After getting off the train we followed Google maps to the spot. It was about a 15 minute walk away, which was not that hard to find, pictures helped!
-Once we got into the elevator, and on the correct basement floor we were greeted by a staff member from the DoJo
-Once we walked in, we felt the Ninja vibe right away.
-The activities were fun, interactive and informative
-Learn from real Ninjas with an important family history
-Practice the art and spirit of Ninjas
-Teachings went beyond combat and defense
-Apply beliefs and teaching to daily life
-Learn about Japanese culture
-Seeing and using real Ninja tools including Ninja Stars and a blow dart
-Opportunity to dress up like a Ninja
-Souvenirs to buy
-Staff members really care about their Dojo and want to pass on the tradition
-Their ancestor is on Japanese Yen
-Communication was very clear as there is an English translator
-Punctual- arrive early to have time to find the place and use the bathroom
-Staff member took photos for us on our camera
-Near by Tokyo tower so you can see it
-Be aware that there is a basement floor 4 and regular floor 4
What to bring-
-Camera Can be a phone camera
-Wear comfortable clothing to wear under the Ninja Clothes. You will be in socks.
-Money to buy souvenirs Though youre not pressured to buy anything at all
-2 Hours, but it took at least 15 minutes to walk from the train station
When you walk into an old office building your first thought might be "what the heck is this?" But it's a blast. Overview of ninja tools and weapons, combat, throwing stars, blow gun, with lots of history to boot. Great translator along with the Ninja. It's HOT inside in summer so be prepared!
This was a great adventure for the kids and in hindsight i should have done it myself.
Not flashy or touristy so don't go expecting this as it is as close to a Mr Miyagi experience as you will find.
A family Dojo that can trace their lineage back to the time when the Samurai ruled Japan.
Ninja Skills and a friendly atmosphere I would recommend this.