Action-packed ‘Samurai & Ninja Safari’ bus tour to kick off in Tokyo


Japan’s biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches — a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai.

The one-hour “Samurai & Ninja Safari” tour around Tokyo features a bilingual guide pointing out key sights and then a spin around historic Asakusa district where streetside performers jump out of the shadows.

When the tour gets off the ground next month, visitors will be treated to some mortal combat between the all-in-black ninja and a samurai rival, according to travel agency JTB and partner event-planning firm SGRS.

“As the samurai and ninja battle in Asakusa, passengers can enjoy it from inside the bus — it’s a moving theater,” Kazuhiro Kumade, deputy president of SGRS, said before a media preview Wednesday.

Tickets for seats with the best view of the action cost ¥6,900 apiece.

The ride is loosely modeled on New York’s popular The Ride bus route, which bills itself as “equal parts theatrical show and immersive tour.”