Went to Edo Wonderland during my Tokyo Rail Days Trip last month, February 2015. I have to tell you that we went here with no expectation at all, with no research of what is Edo Wonderland. So once we arrived here, we were totally amazed with the concept! Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is not just a theme park, it’s a cultural theme park where people dress up as characters from the Edo period. You’ll feel like you’re in a movie and you’re live at the movie! 😀
Edo Wonderland is located in the Kinugawa Onsen area of Nikko, Tochigi. It was a little drizzling and a lot hazy that day, which was too bad, because Tochigi has beautiful scenery and unique buildings surrounds.
How to go to Edo Wonderland
Edo Wonderland is just 2 hours by train from Tokyo. We went there from our trip to GALA Yuzawa, so it’ll be different if you come from Tokyo.
If you’re coming from Tokyo, go to either one of these stations; JR Shinjuku Station / Ikebukuro Station / Omiya Station. Then take the direct express Kingawa-go or Spacia Kinugawa-go to Kinugawa-Onsen Station, and then take a bus (15 mins) to Edo Wonderland.
Rates and opening hours
Individual entry : 4,700yen (adult) and 2,400yen (child)
Edo Wonderland is open from 9:00 to 17:00 all year round, winter period from December through March 9:30 to 16:00. Closed every Wednesday.
What to do at Edo Wonderland
There are a lot of things to do here. Every places you go is a photograph spot. That’s how beautiful this theme park is.
Quoting from Wikipedia, “Edo Wonderland is populated by staff in Edo period attire, reenacting the speech and behaviour of Edo era citizens from lower, middle and upper classes”. Therefore, this is the perfect place to dress up like a local. Go to Henshin Costume House, rent a costume there. People of Edo (the staffs) will greet you differently based on what character you are playing. How fun!
This thematic park also has a range of visitor experiences for adults and children including Ninja experience, samurai swordsmen experience, Okappiki Police experience, dyeing workshop, boat cruise, Japanese traditional archery and shuriken throwing, and this Karakuri Ninja maze.
Special shows / performances are ranging from Ninja show (highly recommended), to some comical plays (Japanese dialogue), to the famous elegant Oiran Courtesan Procession parade through the streets of Edo. During my visit, this parade was done indoor because of the rain outside. The parade was in Japanese language so I wasn’t sure what was happening 😀
Then again I highly recommend all visitors to see the Ninja Karasu Yashiki performance. Taking pictures was not allowed inside the theatre, but trust me, you don’t want to miss this breathtaking show!
What to eat at Edo Wonderland
Authentic Japanese culinary is everywhere here! I tried these organic food from a restaurant inside the theme park, just beside the river. Full organic meal consists of sticky rice, some tofu, tempura, and soup. There are also meat available if you prefer so.
Back to Tokyo from Edo Wonderland
To go back to Tokyo, you’ll need to take the same bus back to Kinugawa-Onsen Station, and take train back to Tokyo. Oh and don’t be shocked when the staffs bow you goodbye like in this picture. They are so adorable, it really was a nice gesture to say goodbye. In some way this polite gesture would make you want to go back there again! 😀