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Ueno Castle

106 Uenomarunouchi, Iga, Mie Prefecture 518-0873, Japan
+81 595-21-3148
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Ranked #2 of 40 Attractions in Iga
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Ferries/ Boats
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Frankfurt, Germany
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It is a beautiful, small castle, but all displays are in Japanese. We liked the visit because it was a small town in Japan, just for the experience, but I would not go so far as to recommend it, it is quite an effort to get there.

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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

On the evening of May 4th, I went to the Iga-Ueno castle. Although it was cloudy, I didn't feel cold wearing a short-sleeve shirts. The castle is located in the center of Iga city, which is famous for Japanese professional spies " ninjas". Many people enjoyed dressing in ninja costumes. There are some shops around the castle where you can... More

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161 reviews 161 reviews
82 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A pretty castle perched up High in the middle of Ueno Park. The interior is now a museum exhibiting ninja and samurai relics/items. It's a cool place to visit together with the Iga Ueno ninja house just a stone's throw away. Definitely a highlight for our 'templed out' family.

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New York City, New York
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221 reviews 221 reviews
159 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I don't really understand why would anyone consider the walls and moats of the castle as a separate object but they are well preserved although heavily covered by vegetation.

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Chicago, Illinois
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411 reviews 411 reviews
207 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Well, if you have friends in Iga-Ueno it makes the history a lot better. From generation to generation people owned their land and houses and like to share. And even if we had doubt about the Ninja we got the story and the history with the reconstructed castle *** An individual tickets for Ueno Castle is Y500 , for the... More

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New Westminster, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
66 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Some people travel all over the world to see ruins, but when they get to Japan everyone forgets about them and goes straight to the castles and shrines. Here you can get a view that you'll never be able to see at a proper castle. Straight down those giant walls. There are no guard rails or any safety system in... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This was a very interesting trip. We came to the area to witness the Ninja show, and came by the castle. For history buffs, there are authentic Samurai armor and dishes from the period. The cost was a bit pricey, since visiting the Nara palace is free to foreigners. The view was spectacular.

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103 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Ueno Castle may be a reconstruction, however because it is timber, it feels authentic. The castle's moat is deep and the stone walls are high. Inside, there are 2 floors showcasing many ancient artefacts. The stairs are pretty steep so tread carefully. The castle has a good collection of samurai armours which includes a few sets of eleborate ceremonial armours... More

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KL, Malaysia
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247 reviews 247 reviews
75 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

With Nara being part of my itinerary, I thought it would be worth it to see the much heard-about "ninja castle", which would require a bit of travelling out of Nara. And taken in as a whole with the Ninja Museum, the Ninja Show & hanami-time in Ueno Park, it is definitely worth a day trip out from Nara, or... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

Like most people we went for the Ninja museum, and almost passed up the castle but we were glad we didn't. It is a pretty nicely reconstructed castle with great views. It also has a really impressive and expansive collection of Samurai armour and weapons. In fact, I think it was the best collection we saw in Japan. Most likely,... More

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