Nagoya, Ise-Shima, and the Kii Peninsula Sights

Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum (Iga Ryu Ninja Hakubutsukan)

  • 117–13–1 Ueno Marunouchi Map It
  • Iga Ueno

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The Iga-Ryu school of ninjutsu (ninja arts) was one of the top two training centers for Japan's ancient spies and assassins in the 14th century. At the ninja residence, a guide in traditional dress explains how they were always prepared for attack. The hidden doors and secret passages are ingenious, but it can't have been a relaxed existence. Energetic demonstrations of ninja weapons like throwing stars, swords, daggers, and sickles are fun, and for an extra fee you can try out the throwing star (¥200) or even dress up as a ninja (¥1,000). One special exhibit gives you some background on ninja history and techniques, while another displays the disguises and encryption used here, as well as the inventive tools that enabled them to walk on water and scale sheer walls. The museum is in Ueno Park, a 10-minute walk up the hill from Uenoshi Station.

Sight Information


117–13–1 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga Ueno, 518-8770, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥756
  • Daily 9–5; times and days for demonstrations of weapons vary, so check website

Published 12/10/2015


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