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'Ninja' bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:35 PM
 
Members of pantomime group Gabez clad in a samurai (right) and ninja (left) costumes performing at Asakusa shrine in Tokyo during a press preview for the new bus tour to enjoy ninja acts on the street and the ancient shrine on July 16, 2014. Japan's biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches - a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - 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 the Japanese capital features a bilingual guide pointing out key sights and then a roll around the historic Asakusa district where streetside performers jump out of the shadows.

When the tour launches next month, visitors will be treated to some mortal combat between the all-in-black ninja and his 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 theatre," Mr Kazuhiro Kumade, deputy president of SGRS, said before a media preview Wednesday.

 
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