Ninja Experience in Kyoto (Family & Kid Friendly)

Experience a fun ninja adventure with us and touch something sacred!

Our Ninja Experience lets you become a ninja in training for a day with fun-filled activities for the whole family! This is the best-rated and most affordable ninja experience in Japan.
The SAMURAI NINJA MUSEUM KYOTO With Experience is a unique, experience-based museum that lets you get up close and personal with history. Thank you for our EXCELLENT ratings on TripAdvisor!

Ninja Experience (Family & Kid Friendly)

All of these activities are included in this package without additional fees.

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Wear a full ninja outfit

Try on a full ninja outfit as you enter the museum and before you start on your tour! Our ninja uniforms come in all sizes, for kids and adults. One set includes the jacket or top, arm guards, a belt, loose-fitting pants, and a headband.


Don’t forget to take pictures of your experience!

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Learn the secrets of ninja

You will learn about the world of ninja and what kind of weapons and tools they used for their covert missions.


Everyone in the family will be able to participate in games and workshops! The lessons will be fun and simple for the everyone to enjoy.

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Ninja star throw competition

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Learn how to throw ninja stars. Once you have had some practice then it's time for the famous Ninja competition. Test your targeting skills with our fun activities like throwing a shuriken! You can have a friendly competition with your friends and family during the training.
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Use a Ninja blowgun

Your experience will also include using the ninja blowgun, also known as the fukiya. These can also be referred to as blow darts! You can have a friendly competition among your group during a target practice game too.
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Learn some ninja techniques

You will learn about the ninja in Japan’s history and what kind of weapons and tools they used for their covert missions.

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Samurai experience - Samurai armor trial -

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You will also get to dress up like a samurai family. Try on full samurai armor for your souvenir pictures. Our armors come in unisex styles and a variety of sizes for everyone, including children! You will even get a selection of varied replica swords to choose from.
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Samurai Sword Show Demonstration (Held irregularly)

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Catch a sword demonstration show by a sword master descended from a samurai! Here, you’ll get to admire the graceful and deadly dance performed by the samurai during battles and practices. You may also catch a recreational performance depicting a fight scene against the samurais and ninjas.

Please Note

This experience includes 1- Ninja dress up 2- Ninja star throw  3- Blow gun 4- Samurai armor/costume trial.


Book your Ninja Experience in Kyoto -Family & Kid Friendly- on this page!

The Samurai and Ninja Museum is located in central Kyoto, right by the famous and historical Nishiki Market in the Gion District.
The samurais and ninjas have long been intertwined with Kyoto throughout history, from the early Heian Period to the fall of their rule at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate.Get to know Japan's mysterious shadow agents in a fun and interactive tour with friends and family! The Ninja Experience ticket turns you into a ninja for a day as you train (and play) with us. You'll also get to wear a ninja costume, also known as ninja-yoroi!

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A Brief History of the Ninja

The ninjas, also called shinobi, were covert agents, spies, and mercenaries during the feudal periods in Japan in the 15th century and as early as the 12th century. They were tasked to perform espionage, surprise attacks, and undercover warfare which was deemed beneath the honor of the samurai, the ruling class at the time.


The ninjas, unlike the samurai, were normally common folk or farmers by day who were hired as mercenaries and spies at night. The lack of records of their origins along with their undercover work gained the ninjas a reputation of being mysterious enough that rumors believed that they possessed supernatural powers and abilities. Folklores along with popular media even portray the ninjas as being able to fly, become invisible, walk on water, shapeshift, and even be able to control the elements of nature.


The existing records of the ninjas were only passed down through generations, and any historical records are extremely rare! Ninjas were typically born into the tradition, carrying on the secrets and missions of their predecessors.


Their training starts from childhood, similar to the samurai. However, the samurai follow the Bushido code of honor while the ninjas did not have any such thing.


There were two clans, the Iga and Koga clans in the modern-day Mie Prefecture that had entire villages dedicated to training professional ninjas. They were so good at what they do that the great Oda Nobunaga marked the Iga clan as a threat and almost completely wiped the area.


A famous ninja, Hattori Hanzo, was one of the ninjas from the Iga clan who survived and became a bodyguard for Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Some Fast Facts about the Ninja

  • The only way to become a ninja was to be born in Iga or Koga clans.
  • Ninjas could tell the time by just looking at a cat's eyes.
  • Ninjas used the fukiya or blowgun tubes as snorkels when they have to hide in the rivers or lakes
  • Recovered ninja manuals focused on avoiding detection and how to escape if captured. Most ninja skills and training were passed down from generation to generation and started at an early age.
  • Ninjas had vegetarian diets to avoid having body odor.
  • Some parts of ninja education consist of physical training, martial arts, climbing techniques, and castle infiltration.
  • Rumors and folklore believe that ninjas could walk on water!
Interested in more in-depth samurai workshops, ninja training, and tea ceremonies? Check out our other events here!








When is the SAMURAI NINJA MUSEUM KYOTO With Experience open?

Our museum is open with tours available every day from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

Will there be real weapons during the workshop experience?

No. For the safety of our guests, the experience will only include model and replica items. If you're interested in using a real katana, we recommend checking out our tameshigiri workshop on our events page!

What is the best way to experience the SAMURAI NINJA MUSEUM KYOTO With Experience?

We have a variety of tickets with experiences for you to choose from. The Ninja Experience is ideal for groups since there are more friendly competitions involved.

Do I need to book in advance?

We accept walk-in guests but we highly recommend booking in advance before your trip especially during peak seasons to avoid the crowd. Keep this in mind when you're traveling in early April and mid-November!

What do I need to bring for my ninja experience?

If you have a reservation for us, make sure you bring an ID or confirmation so we can book you in! Other than that, you don't need to bring anything besides yourself and your group. Your costumes and props will be provided by us.

Can girls participate in the ninja experience?

Ninjas don't discriminate between boys and girls! Any good ninja warrior of any age can use the prop weapons and wear our ninja uniforms. Our provided costumes are unisex and are made in a variety of sizes for kids and adults.




Skip the lines and book a Ninja Experience with us online!

Simply fill the form at the top of this page to schedule a tour and wait for a confirmation email from us. We hope to see you soon!






Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum

The Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto is one of the leading samurai museums in Japan, with a wide range of displays from all throughout Japan’s rich history. We are the only experience-based museum that specializes in providing in-depth and immersive activities that provide our visitors with new perspectives on Japanese history.
We have displays ranging from armors and weapons of the great samurai warriors and the mystical ninjas to everyday tools and artifacts from medieval and ancient Japan. Our souvenir gift shop features replica swords, tabi socks, and tabi shoes. 
We provide guided tours every day, lead by friendly staff who are fluent in English and Japanese. Join us as you explore the glorious history of the legendary samurais and the mysterious ninjas!

Contact Us

Address: 寺町詩の小路 2F, 292 Higashidaimonjicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8043, Japan