Eigamura, or more properly Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, is a movie studio and theme park in one. This provides an excellent opportunity to take a break from Kyoto’s temples and tea houses, and experience the entertaining side of historical Japan.

It features a collection of replicas of traditional Japanese buildings, which are used as the setting for historical movies and television dramas. There are whole streets depicting Edo period town scenes, a copy of the old Nihonbashi bridge, a traditional court house, and part of the former Yoshikawa red light district.

Here stagehands mingle with samurai and ninja, and you can experience the excitement of the chambara movie genre amidst the fun of filming samurai fight scenes in the replicated traditional streets.