Kyoto Uzumasa Eigamura (Toei Kyoto Studio Park)
If you are a fan of Japanese Samurai movies (Jidaigeki), you´ll just love this place!
The park was and is still being used for a lot of Samurai movies and related TV drama series. It almost feels as if you´re walking in one of those old movies, and if you´d like to, you can even rent a costume in order to become one with the scenery and feel slightly more authentic and nostalgic when walking the streets in the footsteps of Zatoichi. If you´re lucky, you can even watch a team filming scenes for an upcoming movie or drama series in the park. There are still over 200 TV productions being shot in the park each year.
Admission Fee: 2200 Yen
Opening hours: 09:00am – 5:00pm, in August and on weekends til 6:00pm
It´s a little known fact that the cult Italo/Spaghetti Western movies of the 60´s and 70´s were interculturally transfered and adapted from Japanese Samurai movies, e.g. the ones by legendary director Akira Kurosawa. Popular movies such as “A Fistful Of Dollars” or “Django” with Clint Eastwood are based on Kurosawa´s movies, e.g. his epic “Shichinin no samurai” (1954) director John Sturged in 1960 turned into “The Magnificent Seven,” gaining international fame.
Yojimbo (1961), for example, is another one of Kurosawa´s masterpieces, a movie that´s transporting a timeless message that has been re-used in several Hollywood movies such as “Last Man Standing” with Bruce Willis, where director Walter Hill relocated Kurosawa´s setting to America during the Prohibition.
Well, if you happen to like those new and old Japanese samurai movies or series, for sure you may remember parts of this small studio set village resembling the Edo era, or at least you will after your visit 😉
There are 36000 square metres and a lot of details for you to discover….ninja towers, a prison (haol), a courthouse, a pond (including monster), a volcano, theatre, firefighter- and police office (meiji era) and much more. A piece of advice: if you arrive early, chances are pretty good that the park is not too crowded yet, so you can take some great pictures without “modern” passengers on it 😉
A piece of advice: if you arrive early, chances are pretty good that the park is not too crowded yet, so you can take some great pictures without “modern” passengers on it 😉
In the building at the entrance of the park, you can also have a look at props (like samurai swords, armour, steam tanks…) or buy some related gifts at the huge souvenir shop at the exit of the park.
Furthermore, you can take a break and have some coffee or meal at the restaurant “Chanbara” or Ninja Café, visit the “Super Hero Land” on the second floor in order to have a look at characters such as “Masked Rider” or the “Power Rangers” or the 3D cinema next to it (300 – 500 Yen admission fee ea.)
There are many ways to access the park:
by JR Sagano Line —> get off at “Uzumasa”
by Kyoto Bus from JR Kyoto Station:
Lines #72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 85 –> get off at “Uzumasa Koryuji-mae”