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Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, Iga

(4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Let a ninja guide you around Iga-ryu Ninja Museum to discover the secrets of this seemingly traditional, unsuspecting thatched farmhouse. A kuno (female ninja) will lead you through the museum, revealing a house laden with boobie traps, occluded hiding places, and secret passages. Across the various rooms you'll learn about ninja strategies and writings, observe the Iga ninjas' methods as they infiltrate castles, and inspect over 400 ninja artifacts, including a genuine shuriken (throwing star) used in the era of these mystifying assassins. Watch live reenactments and weapons demonstrations by trained professionals, and check out the ninja shop before you leave--a treasure trove of goods you won't find anywhere else. A visit to Iga-ryu Ninja Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Iga tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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Reviews
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  •  During above Castle Guo, convenient to visit both. In male and female Ninja is very powerful acting gave me captivated audiences.  Photography in the Museum is possible but unfortunately Ninja show was prohibited. 756 Yen admission fee, Ninja Show Tour 400 Yen, Shuriken experience 5 200 yen.
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  • I took four easily manageable connecting trains from Kyoto to visit Iga with its Ninja history. Trains on the last route are brightly decorated with cartoon ninja faces and shurikens. The train statio...  more »
  • City famous for Ninja school, the Museum is interactive, learn how they lived, the interior of the House with several tricks and hideouts and in high season an attraction where there's presentation of Ninja. I highly recommend. I have been with children of 5 and 12 years
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  • Charming. Just charming. A real look into Ninja Culture, minus Hollywood and J-Cinema pre-conceived notions. There's enough English Translation via scrolls to clue you into what's going on/the general idea behind the exhibit, and it's all in Japanese which gives the whole ambiance a feel of authenticity. Unfortunately, I didn't go see the Live Action Show, so I can't comment on that part, but the exhibits were solid ans gave you a feel of what ninjas did and what tools they used. Definitely, worth a look!
  • A fun place to visit with kids. Luckily there was a Chinese-speaking guide when we traveled there who showed us the tricks, hidden doors and gears in the house, and explained in great details. The exhibition hall in the basement is also worth a visit to learn more about the Ninja culture and works during medieval times in Japan.
  • Museum is cute! Make sure to make it during a day where they have a live show - check ahead of time! Also, try to catch the tour of the ninja trick house. Museum itself is full of fascinating information about ninjas and their lives. :) A fun trip! I recommend it!
  • Very cool for kids. The staff all make an effort to accommodate non Japanese speakers too, even during the show they said key parts in English. Tip: if you're taking the train from civilisation, the local train station does not support ICOCA and other IC cards, so you need to go old school and buy a paper ticket. The trains are once an hour so plan ahead.
  • Very cool. The kids want to become ninjas now. The ninja house had some really cool features and the ninja show is really worth the extra money. Amazing tricks.