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“Be a Ninja here!”

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The place is very far to travel to from Osaka (roughly 2.5hours) but nice to visit. The museum is a small and simple one but allows you to understand more about ninjas. Do not miss the ninja show! Though in Japanese, still very entertaining for non-Japanese audiences. There is only a noodle shop in there so you may want to fill up your stomach before heading there if you would like something else.

1  Thank tinglebellz
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

As the previous reviewer noted, this place is really for kids. Luckily, we had our 9 & 10 year olds with us! They enjoyed the museum and the little show afterwards.

You really don't need to understand Japanese to see the show, it's mostly slapstick action anyway. Any details about the weapons etc. you should have picked up in the museum in any case.

I thought it was a bit cheeky asking to pay for the museum AND the show, for a total of around 4000 Yen for a family of four.

Anyway, the best part for me was the train journey there and back from Kyoto. We had to take four trains there, and four trains back, although the return was not the same route as the outward journey. The Iga-uneo station is on a tiny single track line, served by quaint single-carriage train-buses, which was a new experience for us. The return journey to Kisu station was through bamboo-forested hills and along a fast-flowing river, which was very beautiful. Best of all, there was not a single tourist to be seen on the train. This was the real Japan that I was hoping to see.

This journey was covered by the JR pass, and you can just walk the 2 km or so from the station to the museum - you can't miss it on the hill next to the castle.

1  Thank Gary M
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Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Nice place but it's mostly for kids. The museum is tiny doesn't show much and presentation is in Japanese. If you don't have kids that understand Japanese better find a nother place to visit.

Thank Nir M
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We went to this museum as a day trip from Osaka. The route was Osaka City Subway to JR Tennoji, JR Rapid service to Kamo, a JR local service on a tiny one carriage train to Igaueno, then a private local service to Uenoshi. The services connected quite well and Tennoji to Uenoshi took slightly over 2 hours. The ticket machine at Tennoji doesn’t list Igaueno as a destination, however the fare for a single ticket covering the journey to Igaueno is ¥1,320 (if unsure of what to do, ask the Japan Rail staff – they were super friendly & helpful). The fare for the last leg from Igaueno to Uenoshi is paid at the station when you get off ie you don’t purchase a ticket before boarding.

I really enjoyed the house/museum. The tour though the ninja house showed the secret hiding places and passages and was tri-lingual (Japanese/ English/Chinese?). The museum section had full descriptions in English and explained ninja training and lifestyle, and exhibited their weapons and specialised tools. It took me 1½ hours to go through it all, although the others in my group were out in about an hour and went and had a coffee. The ninja show had a ‘rest day’ on the day we went – probably a euphemism for being away on a secret mission.

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Went here on February 2016. TripAdvisor's date doesn't go back to that date.

This is one of the must-visit if you love the Japanese culture, especially about Ninja.

You can see what a house with traps and hidden doors looks like, see the weapons Ninja used, train shooting a Shuriken, and watch Ninja attraction.

Thank Fedreik S
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