Our fourth day in Japan was mostly spent getting from Tokyo to Kyoto and recovering from Tokyo Disney Sea, so after a day of resting we made sure to have a full schedule for our fifth day. The fifth day started off with a visit to Toei Kyoto Studio Park (aka Eigamura) which was comparable to a smaller scale cross between Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm. The Studio Park has buildings that are recreations of an old Japanese town and also functions as a set for various movies and TV shows. Inside there are a few attractions, souvenir shops, restaurants and many different shows. There are also various small museums- animation museum, Power Ranger Museum among others.
To start off with Josh and I ventured into the Power Ranger museum and had fun taking pictures striking ranger poses with all the different characters….mostly red rangers and some bug man that I assume is a bad guy?
After we saw all the Red Rangers we next headed into the park and enjoyed the beautiful buildings and did a little shopping. We watched part of a show that showed the audience different tricks Japanese film makers use to get different effects which was really interesting. And next, I COMPLETELY embarrassed myself… It all began with my strange desire to go through the Haunted House, I have no idea where this desire came from as I am the biggest scaredy cat ever and hate being scared. But, on this day I really thought it would be a good idea to go inside the haunted house. It all started with Josh and I being the only ones in a small dark room with some really creepy Japanese woman on a TV screen telling us the rules of the haunted house….don’t touch the actors, don’t run, don’t go backwards etc….Then the doors opened and all I really remember is seeing a really scary forest scene with what Josh said was a mannequin dressed up as some samurai-murderer thing. So, immediately, before any one even attempted to scare me (the maze was filled with actors dressed in costumes) I started to preemptively scream. And I did not stop until we reached the end. Luckily, Josh had the brains to know if I saw what was happening I would have pissed myself and covered my eyes and escorted me quickly through the maze. If you think that having my eyes closed would have made me any more composed then you are so wrong. Despite the fact that I couldn’t see anything I still went through the entire maze screaming as loud as I could (and yes I’m sure most people in the park that day could hear me) and apparently shouting things like “why are you doing this to me,” “I just want to go home,” and according to Josh at one point screaming at a mannequin “just don’t scare me.” When we left the maze about 5 minutes later I was shaking and my throat was burning.
And that is when something truly magical happened. We were making our way to another part of the park (aka anywhere away from the Haunted House) when one of the staff members told us emphatically to go to the ninja show. We hadn’t intended to watch the ninja show, but the guy working at the park would not take no for an answer so we went to the show. And it was AMAZING! The acting was great-super dramatic and filled with humor and great fighting skills. The show itself consisted of about 5 actors and the background was digital and consisted of fire, shirukens and at one point a giant skeleton….it was great. There was even an intermission where two demons went around “killing” audience members….and when one audience member didn’t die dramatically enough for their standards they killed him again with much more theatrical results. The show was very much entertaining and such a Japanese experience to have.
We then explored the rest of the Toei Kyoto Studio Park before taking a lunch break.