Since travel is still unavailable to the masses. I got the opportunity to take part in an Online Fuma Ninja Training Experience with the Odawara Tourism Association and Discover Japan. All opinions are my own.
Odawara City, in Kanagawa Prefecture, was once the home to the famous Fuma Ninja Clan. You can now take part in an online training experience with the Jinkawa Hiroshi. He is one of Japan’s leading experts on the history of ninja and ninjutsu, the art of the ninja. The sessions are in English or Japanese, so accessible to all. You can book a session over on the official website http://discoverjapan.guide/fuma-ninja-experience/
The Fuma Ninja Training Experience
You are taken on a tour of the Ninja Hall on the grounds of Odawara Castle. An experts in the culture of the iconic covert warriors will be sharing their knowledge with you. The ninja experience lasts around 40 minutes and runs at 10 am and 10 pm. There is a cost of 1500yen.
During this time you learn the teachings of the Fuma Ninja, from the iconic Bow and Sword, to how mindfulness had a role in the ninja life. The codes of behavior and even philosophy of ancient life. Jinkawa Sensei will also be presenting the Shinobi Rokugu. A set of tools that would be essential in the work of the Fuma Ninja clan.
Odawara City is southwest of Kanagawa Prefecture; it is a major transportation hub, easily accessible from Tokyo and Yokohama. As well as Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka. It is easily accessed and explored on foot.
Odawara Castle 小田原城 is the closest castle to Tokyo. The castle was built in the mid 15th century and fell into the hands of the Hojo Clan. At the time one of the most powerful clans in Japan. Today many businesses and festivals in this coastal city have roots that extend back to this era of samurai and warring states. It has a rich history that you learn about during the Ninja experience.
Top Three Fuma Ninja Facts
Without further ado here are the top 3 things I learned about the Fuma Ninjas and Odawara City.
- The Ninjas Sword has its own spirit
- Fuma translates to Wind demon
- Odawara City was once the Ninja Capital
I have yet to travel to Odawara to experience the Ninja training myself. I have visited Japan though and you can read about my experience Visiting Nezu Shrine.