We arrived in Kyoto on a grey cloud-covered day and were welcomed by drizzling rain, and so I thought it’d be best to find something to do indoors.
Solution: IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!
Trevor and I went to the Toei Kyoto theme park for the sole purpose of seeing the Power Rangers exhibit. I knew it wasn’t going to be MY Power Rangers–Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, Kimberly, and Tommy–but I wanted to see them anyway. The Japanese show was the inspiration for the North American Power Rangers.
Sadly, the exhibit was somewhat disappointing. It was just a slew of various Ranger outfits. No history, no props, no nothing. The only thing that was kinda cool was that there was a video display where you could watch past episodes. Their show’s opening was pretty epic, just saying. You’ll see it later.
The rest of the park was pretty cheesy in the proper fun sort of way. Admittedly, it’s a lot more fun if you go with others, though Trevor and I still managed to enjoy ourselves.
We conquered the ninja maze and managed to collect all three stamps–though my ninja-ing skills were sadly lacking. We chose to do the mental challenge rather than the physical challenge, because, well, I’m quite aware where my strengths and weaknesses are as a ninja, but it took me way longer than it should have to figure out how the doors on the maze worked. I can only imagine what the staff must have been thinking as they watched me go back and forth between one section of the maze and another as I kept repeating to myself, “There must be another door. There must be.”
But I did it!
The maze was made entirely of wood and was filled with dead ends, fake doors, fake stamp stalls, holes you had to climb or crawl through, etc. T’was fun.
Then we walked through a haunted house. It was your standard haunted house, complete with dead bodies, people that popped out of nowhere, blood, and sounds of grinding axes, screaming victims, bats, and so on.
I can appreciate cheese, though. Zombies aaaaaaaah-ed and I aaaaaah-ed back. Air shot down at me from above and I cursed the universe. Dudes popped out of the shadows and I bust a gut laughing. Again, t’was fun.
The park also featured a 3D art gallery, a ninja show, and a bunch of other exhibits, but most of the places required that you pay an extra fee on top of the $21 you pay at the door.
A couple other random photos.
It was still cloudy, but I figured the day was still young, and we should see someting else, so we ventured off towards Nijo Castle.
After another long and productive day, it was time to head to our host’s place for the night. Another day of Kyoto awaits tomorrow!