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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

History

Iga Ueno Castle 伊賀上野城

## Festivals with ninjas and ogres at a castle in ninja territory

While getting your ninja experience in Iga, do not forget to visit this hilltop castle and feel the power of the samurai lords who employed ninjas for covert missions. If you are here in spring or autumn, there are two festivals well worth seeing.

How to Get There

You can reach the castle from Uenoshi Station by foot in about 10 minutes.

To get to Uenoshi Station from Osaka, take the Osaka Loop Line to Tsuruhashi Station and then switch to the Kintetsu-Osaka Line until you get to Iga-Kambe Station. After that, make one last connection to the Iga Tetsudo Line.

Quick Facts

Iga was rebuilt with its original building materials

The castle's western wall has panoramic views of the surrounding countryside

Festivals featuring ninjas and ogres are held here in April and October

An authentic historical experience

The original Iga Ueno Castle was built over 400 years ago as the seat of power for local lords. The current structure is a reconstruction that, unlike many other rebuilt castles in Japan, was made using the original materials.

Explore the historic district

To explore the history a bit more, head down to the historic district south of the castle. You can stroll around and see old samurai residences. Shops sell locally crafted pottery and kumihimo braided cords.

See things from a feudal lord's perspective

Take in a sweeping view of the surrounding countryside from atop the high western wall above the moat. You can walk right up to the edge 30 meters above the water, where the open space provides a better spot to capture some panoramic shots than the higher view from the top of the main keep.

Springtime stealth: A ninja festival

If you are visiting in the spring, try to come during the Iga Ueno Ninja Festa. It is a five-week ninja-themed event with family-friendly performances, contests, and activities that begins in early April and runs through Golden Week. The main festivities are on weekdays and national holidays. To get your fill of everything ninja, visit the nearby Ninja Museum of Igaryu.

The autumn ogre party

The Ueno Tenjin Festival is in late October. You will see the nine elaborate danjiri parade floats on one evening and a parade of floats and the “procession of ogres” on the final day.

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