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Iga-ryu Ninja Museum Questions & Answers

Is it worth me travelling 2 hours and 20 minutes by train here as I love ninjas but I will be visiting Koka ninja village which is 45 mins from my hotel

Also it will also be just me alone and I am nearly 40 as if koka sells or has more stuff then I won't really want to travel 2 hours off each way

Thank you

over a year ago Answer

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Tokyo, Japan
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We are Japan residents as well as bicyclists, and a few years ago we did a trip by Shinkansen to Hamatsu from Tokyo with bikes in bags, the got off and rode down Rt. 1 to the Atsumi Peninsula coast road. Stayed at a local inn on the coast, then took the ferry to Toba and rode over to the Ise Shrines. FIrst is the original serene pristine shrine, but whoa, next door is a replica, about 700 years old, built by local merchants to tap into the lucrative (even then) tourism trade. We rode up to Matsuzaka Beef country, stay the night in a mountain onsen spa and got to Iga on day 3. We started noticing people, families all in Ninja gear - little munchkin kids, Moms, Dads, even the family dog had a happi-coat and mock sword. Wow this is weird. We got to the castle and learned its miserable history (kids climbing all over it in faux ninja gear.) We did NOT go to the ninja-land or the Edo-era courier museums but figure they would have rated about 7-8 on a 10-point scale. Provincial Japan has a limit to its "attraction" attractiveness. Dorky, clunky, old-fashioned. Sure but this is what it is in Japan. Enjoy the ambiance and don't assume Disneyland, which is a fake as fake can get, oh sure, squeeky-clean as if it were America in those incongruously white suburban 1960s.

 

But be honest with yourself, man-made attractions in Japan require a healthy dose of disbelief. Come on, what did you expect for commercial line-up-buy-a-ticket establishments. Hit the road, walk around town and local shrines, bars, supermarkets.

2 months ago
Manila, Philippines
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I looked up Koka Village, and if you're near there and going to visit it, I suggest just skip this. They are basically the same thing except Im not sute if Koka has the Ninja show.

over a year ago
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