Nikko Travel Guide : Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

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  • At Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, visitors can experience life in the Edo period and participate in fun activities for the entire family.

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    Fire tower

    Welcome to the start of our Nikko travel guide series and we’ll start off at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, a theme park built as an Edo period village replica. Our family had a blast learning about life in Japan during the Edo period, trying various activities, and enjoying the theatrics the park offered.

    Here is the Just One Cookbook Nikko Travel Guide series below and we hope you’ll enjoy the journey with us.

    Nikko Travel Guide

    1. Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura 日光江戸村
    2. Kinugawa Onsen 鬼怒川温泉
    3. Tobu World Square 東武ワールドスクウェア
    4. Nikko Tosho-gu 日光東照宮
    5. Places to visit in Nikko 日光
    6. Kegon Falls 華厳の滝
    7. Lake Chuzenji 中禅寺湖
    8. Oya History Museum 大谷資料館

    Travel to the Past at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

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    Town checkpoint

    Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a theme park located about 2.5 hrs north of Tokyo near Nikko. The name Edomura (江戸村) translates to Edo village. It’s different from the typical theme park as it is about life in the Edo period. The park is divided into 5 sections:

    1. Road to Edo
    2. Inn Town
    3. Market District
    4. Samurai Residence
    5. Ninja Village

    Ready to time travel with us? Let’s go!

    Road to Edo

    Once you purchase the tickets, you will pass the town checkpoint (entrance gate) and travel down the road to Edo. The road to Edo has a number of replica structures along the side including a shrine, waterwheel house, and a guardhouse. The structures inside the theme park usually have both Japanese and English names. Additionally with the explanations for the purpose of the building and how they were utilized during the Edo period.

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    Shrine

    As you approach the town you can see many people dressed in Edo period clothing wondering about the town (both visitors and staff).

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    Road to Edo
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    Watermill house
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    Guardhouse
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    Interior of guardhouse

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    Inn Town

    The Road to Edo leads into the Inn Town where there are a number of dining options as well as the fire brigade and swordsmith’s shop. Back in the 1700s, all the buildings were made of wood so the fire brigade played a very important role in daily life. Once a fire starts it is very difficult to put out. Almost every Edo-related museum we’ve been to in Japan has an exhibition on the importance of the fire brigade back in the days.

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    Yakitori stand

    As visitors to Edo Wonderland, you could rent period clothing to walk around in character and photo services are also available to capture the memory.

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    Photo studio

    Market District

    After the Inn Town, the next section is the market district where one of the main performances takes place – The Oiran Courtesan Procession. It was so interesting to watch the procession as the Oiran Courtesan wears very tall geta (下駄) strolling down the main road with unique footwork.

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    Oiran Courtesan Procession

    There are more dining options and souvenir shops in the market district. Additionally, there are scheduled performances inside some of the buildings.

    At Wakamatsu-ya, visitors can watch a play about an aristocratic looking for love in the red-light district of Edo. The acting is in Japanese but it’s easy enough to understand from the actors’ expression and movement what’s the storyline. The actors also selected a random audience member to participate in the play. All the performances are family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

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    Oiran Courtesan Performance

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    The market district at Edo Wonderland has both paid and free activities. Paid activities including shooting ninja stars, archery, and boat cruise. Free experiences vary from learning how to play on shamisen (three strings) to putting on Edo period makeup.

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    Archery target
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    Shamisen (three strings)

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    Dining Options at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

    There are plenty of food options including soba, noodles, and rice dishes. The restaurants’ interior and exteriors are decorated based on Edo period structures.

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    Kamameshi restaurant
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    Soba restaurant

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    Our family enjoyed udon, dango, unagi over rice, and eel/shrimp over rice.

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    Udon noodles and dango

    The food was well prepared and delicious similar to other theme parks we’ve been to in Japan,

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    Kamameshi (eel and shrimps over rice)

    Samurai Residence

    Shortly after crossing the Nihon Bridge, you will arrive at the Samurai Residence area with the magistrate’s office, prison, Edo cultural museum, and Nyan-mage Theatre.

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    Nyan-mage Theater - Nikko Travel Guide : Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura | www.justonecookbook.com
    Nyan-mage Theater

    In this area, visitors are allowed to browse through the authentic looking replica buildings.

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    Minamimachi Magistrates Office
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    Interior of Minamimachi Magistrates Office

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    The prison had information on how criminals were punished and tattooed during the Edo period.

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    Inside the prison
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    Edo period tattoo punishment explanation

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    There are exhibits on what technology and crafts are passed down to today from the Edo period. The Modern Edo-Tech Museum exhibits include makeup, cultural items, glassware, and knife making.

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    Information on Edo period makeup

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    Ninja Village

    Lastly, we caught the performance at Grand Ninja Theater. The theater performance was pretty exciting. Actors dressed in ninja clothing battling for 30 min with special effects, lights, and sounds.

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    Grand Ninja Theater

    Compared to Toei Kyoto Studio Park, our family enjoyed Edo Wonderland a lot more. The set and the buildings are certainly more authentic along with the food and activities. We had a great time and highly recommend stopping by for half a day if you are in the Nikko area and blast to the 1700s in Japan.

    Nikko Travel Guide

    1. Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura 日光江戸村
    2. Kinugawa Onsen 鬼怒川温泉
    3. Tobu World Square 東武ワールドスクウェア
    4. Nikko Tosho-gu 日光東照宮
    5. Places to visit in Nikko 日光
    6. Kegon Falls 華厳の滝
    7. Lake Chuzenji 中禅寺湖
    8. Oya History Museum 大谷資料館

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