Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura is a history theme park that
is centered on the Edo Period (1603- 1867) when the
Tokugawa Shogunate was in power for more than 250
years. It was founded in 1992 by the Daishinto
Corporation as a chain of theme parks like Nikko
Edomura. The Edo Period is a popular study in Japanese
history because many of the cultural traditions were
developed during the time Japan was in isolation from
the rest of the world. Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura is
located northwest of Noboribetsu city. The theme park is
made of reconstructed buildings from the Edo Period.
This allows visitors to experience the lifestyle of the
period just by walking the streets. The descendants of
the Katakura Kojuro, the right hand man of Date
Masamune, were also inspirations for the theme park.
Back in 1869, they became candidates to migrate to
Noboribetsu in Hokkaido and trade their swords for hoes.
They were pioneers who worked the land to bring it to
glory that would rival Sendai.
At the Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura, there is a live Ninja show where a battle occurs inside a house. The Oiran (courtesans) show is a recreation of the entertainment experienced by the wealthy during the Edo Period. These shows are available all year round, but there are specific performances that are available depending on the season. The Outdoor Action Show and Nyanmage Comedy performances are in the summer, while the Samurai Show happens in the winter time. There are some other activities you can do like rent and dress up in costumes pertaining to the era around the theme park. There is also a Ninja Maze full of traps and tricks that you can try to escape from. Not only that, you can try your hand at ninja training by learning how to throw shuriken (throwing stars).