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Regions of Japan

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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Ninja Museum of Igaryu 伊賀流忍者博物館

Test your ninja skills at the center for Igaryu ninjutsu

Many real ninja from history hail from this remote area of Japan, where they trained to carry out missions ranging from espionage to assassination.

To see how they did it and whether you've got what it takes to be a ninja yourself, the Ninja Museum of Igaryu is the place to go.

Don't Miss

  • Tour a real ninja house complete with escape routes, trapdoors and other trickery
  • Put on a ninja costume and test your ninjutsu skills
  • Take home authentic ninja gear and other great gifts

How to Get There

The museum is located in the city of Iga, just north of Iga Ueno Castle , Ueno Park and the Basho Memorial Museum. It's a 10-minute walk from Uenoshi Station on the Iga Line.

JR can get you from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya to Iga-Ueno Station on the Iga Railway. Alternatively, take a Kintetsu to Iga-Kambe Station, also on the Iga Railway, from Nagoya and Osaka-Namba. From one of these two waypoints, take a train to Uenoshi Station to reach downtown Iga. The journey from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya takes between 90 minutes and two hours in total.

Quick Facts

Jinichi Kawakami, the honorary director of the museum, is the 21st head of Igaryu ninjutsu

Over 400 ninja tools are displayed in the museum

Explore a ninja house

The Ninja House has all sorts of astounding secrets for you to discover: traps, fake hallways, stashed weapons, escape routes and more. But you'll need a guide to escort you through safely.

Ninja stars and other weapons

After touring the Ninja House, head to the Ninja Experience and Ninja Tradition halls. These are a little more educational than the house, but fascinating for any fan of martial arts or anything related to ninja and espionage.

You'll find plenty of intriguing ninja equipment, including real ninja stars, blow darts, blades and other exciting weapons. You can learn about ninja techniques and try out some of their gear.

Ninja show

To see specially trained performers demonstrate incredible ninja moves and tricks, plan your visit to catch one of the regular shows. Shows are held most Saturdays and Sundays but only sporadically on weekdays. Make sure to check the schedule on the museum website before you go.

Be a ninja

You've come all this way, so you might as well see how you look in a ninja outfit. There's a shuriken throwing range for you to test your skill with ninja stars.

If you're hardcore, personal training in ninjutsu is available from Kawakami Jinichi, "the last living ninja." Book in advance. Visit the museum's website to find out how.

Museum shop

Stop by the museum shop to pick your ninja-themed shirts, toys, tools, costumes and more.

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