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The Home of the Ninja

The myths behind ninjas have permeated popular culture both in Japan and abroad. Mie Prefecture has embraced one of its most iconic symbols, and is widely known as the birthplace of the ninja. Especially in the Iga-Ueno area, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the ninjas from a historical perspective through museums and hands-on experiences.

  • The Home of the Ninja

    The Home of the Ninja

    At The Ninji Forest inside Akame 48 Falls, adults and children alike can learn about the history of the ninja and go through ninja training. This consists of a physically challenging ropes course designed to simulate actual ninja activities. Visitors learn various climbing techniques, throw shuriken (throwing stars), and perform stealth activities. The course comes with a certificate at the end, showing that visitors have learned “all the secrets” of the ninja.

    The Home of the Ninja

    The Home of the Ninja

    Children under 12 can participate in the training course, which takes about 90 minutes, for 1,750 yen and adults can join in for 2,000 yen. The price even includes an outfit rental, so visitors can really get into the experience. After going through the ninja course, visitors can hike a 4km trail through the woods to see the 48 waterfalls, for which this area is famous.

    The Home of the Ninja

    The Home of the Ninja

    The Akame 48 Falls is located in Nabari, which is easily accessible from Nagoya or Osaka. From Akameguchi Station, it’s about a 5 km taxi ride. Visitors can tell taxi drivers where to go by saying “Akame no taki.” There are also buses that leave from Akameguchi Station at regular intervals throughout the day, with buses running more frequently on Saturday and Sundays. Adults can ride the bus for 360 yen and children can ride for 180 yen. The entrance fee for the park itself is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children, but is included in the price of entrance to The Ninja Forest. The park is open from 9am to 5pm from April to November. From December to March, it’s open from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

    The Home of the Ninja

    The Home of the Ninja

    Up towards the famous ninja area of Iga-Ueno, you can visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu, the most comprehensive ninja museum in Japan, and certainly in the most authentic area for it. At the Ninja House, a guide takes guests to show them the various traps and hiding places the ninja used to protect themselves. The Ninja Experience Hall contains a collection of actual tools used by ninja. Visitors can also see videos showing how the ninja used their skills to infiltrate castles and escape undetected. Lastly, visitors are encouraged to attend the museum’s ninja show, in which actors use the same swords and shuriken as the ninja to put on a display performance. Guests can even pay 200 yen to test their shuriken-throwing skills.

    The Home of the Ninja

    The Home of the Ninja

    To visit the Ninja Museum of Igaryu, visitors can take a short walk from Ueno-shi Station from the North Exit, and if you’re lucky you will have arrived on one of the “ninja trains” that make their way through the city. Visitors can walk through and see Ueno Castle to on their way to the museum. The famously high walls of this castle are said to have been used for ninja training, and you can still go inside the castle itself.

    Igaueno
    Address
    Mie Pref. Igashi Mita
    Phone
    Akame 48 Waterfalls
    Address
    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Nagasaka
    Phone
    Nabari
    Address
    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Hirao
    Phone
    Akameguchi
    Address
    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Jouroku
    Phone
  • Address
    三重県伊賀市上野丸之内117
    Phone
    0595230311
    Uenoshi
    Address
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi
    Phone
    Iga Ueno Castle
    Address
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 106
    Phone
    0595213148
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