Translated by Andrew J Tinkler
Ninja Museum Of Igaryu, Mie - A Great Time At The Home Of Ninjutsu!
Written by Osawa Kumi
Introducing the Ninja Museum of Igaryu, a fantastic place where you can learn about ninjas as well as have a number of great experiences. The museum is located in Iga, Mie prefecture, the birthplace of ninjas.
In Iga, Mie prefecture, also known as the birthplace of ninja, you can learn about ninja as well as have a number of great experiences at the Ninja Museum of Igaryu.
We urge you to experience the secrets of this popular museum, which gets close to 200,000 guests per year, 15% of which are international visitors.
Check out Enjoy The Full Impact Of The Ninja Shows At The Ninja Museum Of Igaryu to learn more.
By The Way, What Exactly Are Ninja?
The word 'ninja' is the general term for those who, long ago, used special martial arts called ninjutsu to spy on enemies and retrieve information.
In Japan, the most famous ninja groups were based in Mie prefecture’s Iga city and Shiga prefecture’s Koga city. From the Sengoku period throughout the Edo period (1603 - 1868), ninjas played an active role but at that time, they were better known as shinobi, kanja (spies), or onmitsu (secret detectives). They were all well trained in special arts (sword-fighting, using gunpowder, etc.) and academia (pharmaceutics, astronomy, etc.)
** There are various theories as to the origin of ninja.
First, Buying a Ticket!
Let’s buy a museum admission ticket from the ticket window. The price for adults (high school and up) is 700 yen plus tax and the price for children (ages 4 through middle school) is 400 plus tax. Groups of 20 or more will receive a discount. For more information, please click here. Furthermore, the ninjutsu performance costs 400 yen, including tax. Please pay at the entrance of the venue.
Let’s Go on a Sightseeing Tour of a Real Ninja House!
This authentic ninja house was dismantled from land in the valley of Iga and reconstructed here. From the outside it looks just like a normal farmhouse in a Japanese mountain village but what kind of devices could be inside...?
On the sightseeing tour, guided by ninja and/or kunoichi (female ninja), let’s experience some of these tricks and contrivances. There are also tours conducted in both English and Chinese. Please feel free to ask the staff for more details, including times of tours. Please be advised that on certain days the tour is only conducted in English or Chinese.
The start of the next tour is displayed next to the gate. If the wait is long, feel free to experience some of the other facilities first.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the devices found inside the estate.