Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Name in Japanese: 東映太秦映画村
Area: Kyoto
Address: Japan, 〒616-8161 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Ukyō-ku, Uzumasa Higashihachiokachō, 右京区太秦東蜂岡町10 [map]
Phone: +81 75-864-7716 +81 75-864-7716
Access: 374 m from Uzumasa-Kōryūji Station Arashiyama Line (A7)
0.5 km from Satsueisho-mae Station Kitano Line (B1)
0.5 km from Tokiwa Station Kitano Line (B2)
Hours: 9am - 5pm (some variations depending on month and day of the week)
Admission: Adults: ¥2,200
High School students: ¥1,300
Middle School students: ¥1,300
Elementary School students: ¥1,100

Watch as Japanese period dramas (jidaigeki) are filmed live at this unusual theme park that also offers

If you’re a bit of a Japanese drama-buff, then this this could be a dream come true as actors strut their stuff in full costume for the latest shows. Allowing you to wander through tv sets and explore familiar scenes, you can also attend performances including a ninja battle, a behind-the-scenes show, a guided tour led by an actor, street performances and a super-hero show in summer. There are a number of traditional restaurants and old-style coffee shops as well as a ninja-cafe and shops to broswe too. There are different activities to try out but some cost extra – a bulk ticket can be bought offering four activities for 400 yen each, or you can purchase individual activities for 500 yen individually. Try out Escape the Castle, Ninja Training, a 3D maze or haunted house among others.

There is a price reduction for those with disabilities – tickets for adults cost 1,100 yen, Junior-senior high students cost 650 yen and elementary school children cost 550 yen. There are also discounts for groups of 25 or more and school groups.

The opening hours vary by around half an hour to an hour depending on the month and weekdays vs weekends so be sure to check their site before you head out.