Becoming a ninja — or the next Hokage for the fans of Naruto — is no longer a dream as the Japan Ninja Council has recently established the Ninja Information Center Tokyo & Dojo. Located near the tourist hotspot Kaminarimon at Asakusa, the dojo offers introductory lessons on ninja skills.
Ninja-wannabes can choose from three courses, led by certified ninja Tsuyoshi Igarashi. The first is a 40-minute Ninja Experience, which gives an introduction to ninjutsu, and an explanation on the ninja equipment, and teaches you the ninja hand gestures and how to throw a shuriken (a hidden palm-sized blade).
There is also a 60-minute Short Nindo Experience, which lets you dress up as a ninja to experience a full-scale ninja training. Apart from shuriken-throwing, the training includes techniques for stealthiness and meditation.
For those yearning for more, the dojo also offers a 90-minute Long Nindo Experience, which covers everything from the Short Nindo Experience, with an additional kodachi (short sword) training, methods to improve your senses and hiding techniques.
The Ninja Experience, which accepts both walk-ins and reservations, is priced at 2,200 yen, while the Nindo Experience, which only accepts reservations, is priced at 7,700 yen and 9,900 yen. If all these courses seem too much, you can also try out their Shuriken Experience at 550 yen, and no reservation is required.
Ninja Information Center Tokyo & Dojo
Address: Tokyo, Taito City, Kaminarimon 2-17-8, Yamano Asakusa Building 6th floor
Website (Japanese only)