Monday, December 17, 2012

Tokusatsu Museum at Toei Movie Village, Kyoto.

In November, my friend (whose name, ironically, is Hiro) and I visited Toei Studios Movie Village Kyoto. Set in the small neighborhood of Uzumasa, this is an actual live movie set, and it's been featured in a number of well known television shows and films. A large number of samurai films are filmed in its backlot, which is designed to resemble Kyoto from the Edo Period. When filming isn't underway, the studio is set up as a museum which you can walk through.

The studio is particularly recognizable to tokusatsu fans. Any time there's a time travel sequence to ancient Japan, invariably there will be a scene shot in the familiar streets of the Toei Movie Village, Kyoto. This time was no different. Just a few days prior, filming took place for the upcoming Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger film. Parts of the studio were still blocked off, and the scaffolding was still up. Nevertheless, I was able to get a few shots of the aftermath of the filming without being chased off.

The regular exhibits at the Movie Village are interesting enough, but what tokusatsu fans will really find interesting is the tokusatsu museum. That's right: there's a museum. In the Super Hero Land area, you'll be able to find a collection of Super Sentai suits from GoRanger all the way to the most recent series, as well as most every Kamen Rider suit dating from Kuuga to the most recent series (some of the alternate Rider suits aren't there). You can even find a few monster, mecha, and Metal Hero suits! A number of vehicles can also be found. So with no further ado, here is a taste of what you can experience if you too visit Super Hero Land at the Kyoto Movie Village Uzumasa.



  1. what is the vending machine selling on the 3rd to last picture?

    1. Dear Phu,
      Thanks for your comment. That vending machine is selling "Kamen Cider" -- a soft drink. I have tried it before and found it to be very sweet, almost undrinkably sweet. It's supposed to be a fruit juice, but I find that it tastes like bubble gum.

  2. hello where is actually this museum located in japan can you give me the address i would really want to go

    1. Thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay. The address for the Toei Hero Museum in Kyoto is:

      10 Uzumasa Higashihachiokacho
      Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

      The closest station is Uzumasa. The train line is the Sanin Main Line.