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Shiroishi Castle Samurai Armor Wearing Experience
Dress as a samurai inside an authentic reconstructed Japanese castle!
All year round (closed Tue/Wed); reservation required weekdays, available all day on weekends without reservation
Up to 1 hour ※Time depends on type of experience.
Number of Participants
Experience wearing authentically-made replica samurai armor inside Shiroishi Castle, located in the center of Shiroishi City, Miyagi Prefecture. The suits of armor are modeled after famous military commanders (Katakura Kagetsuna, Sanada Yukimura) from Japan’s Warring States period. An "Ashigaru-san" (foot soldier) from the Shiroishi welcome squad (historical character actors) will help dress you. Although this is a simpler form of armor compared to full-scale armor, you can fully enjoy an authentic experience since you can wear a helmet, torso plate, and gauntlets.
Come directly to the castle and select your armor. After dressing, we will teach you how to draw the sword and how to properly hold it. You can take pictures with your own camera. After you are done, remove the armor and the experience is over.
○ Flow of the Experience
Meet at Shiroishi Castle → experience explanation → select the armor you want to wear → put on armor → instruction on how to draw the sword, proper stance, and how to move around in armor → remove armor → END
Various courses are offered:
LIGHT armor wearing course
Try on a full set of complete armor. (required time: 15〜20 min)
KIDS armor wearing course
A plan for young siblings or a parent and child. Discounts offered for more participants (Contents are the same as the LIGHT course). (required time: 20〜30 min)
SUPER LIGHT armor wearing course
A quick and easy samurai costume makes a great memory（required time: 5〜10 min）
1 participant / 500 yen（tax included・castle admission fee not included）
|Experience Program Name||Shiroishi Castle Samurai Armor Wearing Experience|
|Activity Location||Shiroishi Castle|
|Time Required||Up to 1 hour ※Time depends on type of experience.|
|Operation Period||All year round (closed Tue/Wed); reservation required weekdays, available all day on weekends without reservation|
|Start Time||All Year Start Time: 10:00 End Time: Apr~Oct 16:00 // Nov~Mar 15:00|
|Minimum number of participants||1people|
|Maximum number of participants||4people|
|Reservation Deadline||3 days before by 0:00|
|About suspension of the activity||In the case of cancellation by the operator, your money will be returned.|
|Important notes regarding participation||Please avoid skirts (because you won't be able to wear armor over your legs) and tank tops (to avoid contact between bare skin and armor) and wear comfortable clothes. Also, please note that you may not be able to fully experience the armor wearing experience depending on your body type.|
|What is included in the price||Experience fee, consumption tax.|
|What is not included in the price||Transportation fee.|
|Method of Payment||Please pay cash on the day (We do not accept credit card).|
|About cancellations and changes||If you wish to cancel or change your reservation, please contact us immediately.|
|Cancellation Policy||Same day, No-show: 100％ |
3 days before: 50％
*The experience will be cancelled if you are more than 15 minutes late.
|Meeting Spot|| 1-16 Masuokacho, Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-0251|
Shiroishi Castle 1F (inside the castle tower)
|Meeting Time||Arrive on time. The experience will be cancelled if you are more than 15 minutes late.|
|Access||＜By Public Transportation＞ |
15-minute walk from Shiroishi Station (Tohoku Honsen Line)
10-minute taxi ride from Shiroishi-Zao Station (Tohoku Shinkansen)
10-minute drive from "Shiroishi IC" via the Tohoku Expressway
Please use the parking lot at the base of the castle. Free parking, no reservation necessary.
|About multi-lingual support||Japanese／English|
We have staff who have experience studying abroad, so we can provide guidance such as daily conversation and explaining the experience program.
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We have 2 suits of armor for adults, 2 suits of armor for children, and 2 bridal type kimono, so we are able to accommodate both individuals and groups. Please contact us in advance if you are visiting the castle as a group! *As a countermeasure against COVID-19, the staff member assisting in the dressing will wear a facial mask and disinfect their hands and fingers before and after the experience, plus the armor is also sterilized before and after use as well. Enjoy a safe and fun armor experience at Shiroishi Castle!