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Shiroishi Castle Samurai Armor Wearing Experience

Dress as a samurai inside an authentic reconstructed Japanese castle!

Operation Period

All year round (closed Wed/Thu); reservation required weekdays, available all day on weekends without reservation

Time Required

Up to 1 hour ※Time depends on type of experience.

Number of Participants



3,000 JPY– (tax included)

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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)

GROUP 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)

SPECIAL armor wearing course
In addition to the contents of the LIGHT armor wearing course, we will shoot a simple video and present the data.(required time: 30〜40 min)
1 participant / 5,000 yen(tax included・castle admission fee not included)

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!

Experience Program NameShiroishi Castle Samurai Armor Wearing Experience
Activity LocationShiroishi Castle
Time RequiredUp to 1 hour ※Time depends on type of experience.
Operation PeriodAll year round (closed Wed/Thu); reservation required weekdays, available all day on weekends without reservation
Start TimeAll Year Start Time: 10:00  End Time: Apr~Oct 16:00 // Nov~Mar 15:00
Minimum number of participants1people
Maximum number of participants4people
Reservation Deadline1 days before by 0:00
About suspension of the activityIn the case of cancellation by the operator, your money will be returned.
Important notes regarding participationPlease 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.
Light Course3,000 JPY (Tax included)
Special Course5,000 JPY (Tax included)
Group Plan (2 participants)5,000 JPY (Tax included)
Group Plan (3 participants)7,500 JPY (Tax included)
Group Plan (4 participants)10,000 JPY (Tax included)
What is included in the priceExperience fee, consumption tax.
What is not included in the priceTransportation fee.
Method of PaymentPlease pay cash on the day (We do not accept credit card).
About cancellations and changesIf you wish to cancel or change your reservation, please contact us immediately.
Cancellation PolicySame 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 TimeArrive 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)

<By Car>
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.
Barrier-free AccessNo
About multi-lingual supportJapanese/English