Ninja Museum of Igaryu
The Ninja Museum of Igaryu is located in city of Iga Mie Prefecture), near the Iga Ueno Castle. It was established in 1964 and it is the right place to learn about ninja and their culture.
The museum’s collection includes ancient ninjutsu writings analyzed scientifically along with ancient ninjutsu weapons. The museum has audiovisuals, models and extensive static displays of the weaponry and techniques employed by ninja. There are over 400 ninja tools on display. The museum also features a model village with tours and demonstrations of its features. Visitors can watch a show where ninja tools that were actually used in the ninja heyday are demonstrated.
A ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan.
The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assasination and guerilla warfare.
Their covert methods of waging irregular warfare were deemed dishonorable and beneath the samurai, who observed strict rules about honor and combat. The shinobi proper, a specially trained group of spies and mercenaries, appeared in the 15th century during the Sengoku period, but antecedents may have existed as early as the 12th century. (wikipedia)
Entrance Fee: Adult (Over 16) : 756 yen. Child (4-15) : 432 yen
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (entry is closed at 4:30 p.m.)
Days Closed Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
The museum is about 10 min walk north of Uenoshi Station (Iga Railway).
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum 117-13-1 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga-shi, Mie-ken
Photos: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com