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“The distance eroded the experience..”

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Iga
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 10, 2013

I'm always fascinated by the mysterious ninjas and decide to make a day trip from Kyoto to Iga to visit the birthplace of Iga Ninjas. It took us about 2.5 hours and 4 trains to reach the park.

The museum is quite small. When first entered, there was an demonstration by lady "ninja" showing all the different hidden doors and storages. The 15 mins demonstration was in Japanese, but they hang English explanation on the wall.

After that, visitors will walk down the stairs into a room full of ninja equipments and weapons and the static display continue in the next building. English explanation provided for the static displays.

Additional fee of JPY300 required to watch the ninja show, but the action not to be missed.

We stayed about 2.5 hours at the museum, and I would give a "Very Good" rating if not for the distance.

Tips: There is only one noodle restaurant in the park next to the museum, you may want to have your meal before entering the park.

6  Thank DesmondLim
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Your day would starts very early as a Ninja in order to catch the early train, change at least 3 trains from Namba in order to reach Ueno-shi. The staff at the train station are very helpful to give you a map and show you the direction, I think 99% of the tourist go there is asking for ninja museum. We had also hopped into the tourist info centre for toilet break and get more info about the city, there is a lady staff who can speak English fluently and present a little souvenir to us upon completing a simple survey. :)
Ok about the Ninja museum.... the very first thing they will show you the the ninja house. If you go early like us you are likely to get very personal attention and get the chance try the gadgets and tricks as well after the demo e.g. the revolving door. Otherwise you are likely to squeeze with 20 over people if there is a large group go in.
Next is you will go into the museums which showing all the ninja artifacts, tools, weapons etc. They all come in English explanations. At the end there is a souvenir counter where you can buy whatever you like.
The highlight is the show which is about 20mins long, 300yen. The earliest starts at 11am. It was full of actions and quite funny. It was full house as it's a Sunday, a lot of school children, teachers and parents went there in groups, some even dressed up in ninja costume. The atmosphere was really very good, everyone was enjoying themselves much. I believe the show time would subject to change depends on the day and crowd, as we saw the next show was 12pm when we bought the ticket, but after that they changed to 11:30am and the subsequent timings.
Lastly you can play the throws of 5 for another 200 yen before you finished the whole Ninja experience.
Food wise there is nothing, no food and drinks are allowed in the museum. There is only one little noodle shop outside.

7  Thank SSMiffySS
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Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Reserve a whole day for this event. Not that the museum itself takes that long but the town itself is so far away that you need to give yourself a good amount for travel time.

Call ahead or email to ask them when the shows are. When we went, there were 3 ninja shows starting at 11, 1:30, 2:30. We left from our Kyoto based hotel at 9:00 and barely made the 1:30 demo. The demo itself is a bit campy. Katana, throwing weapons, and a few hand to hand (simulated - no contact) demos all choreographed to old school batman sound effects were fun to watch despite a high level of cheesiness.

The walk through the ninja house was IMO the best part of the visit. A tour guide takes you through a basic looking Japanese house. She then shows you how behind every other floor plank, wall, and door, there is something or someone there ready to kill you.

The museums are also well done with neat ninja artifacts with lots of English explanations.

3  Thank steveflemming
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

The place is difficult to get to and definitely not worth the hassle. When I arrived, I was the only one there and the guide had maybe been in the job too long and very unenthusiastically explained (in fast Japanese) about the house. The tour was very quick and the ninja show wasn't being performed that day. The signs for it though looked childish and corny, and the souvenir shop wasn't much better. All in all it was a waste of a very long trip. There are much better things to see in Japan, maybe head out to Ise instead if you're in the Mie area.

2  Thank A P
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Our group of 4 had 2 Japanese speakers within it. This made translating the tour part easier to understand. Occasionally there were pull down scrolls which seemed to summarise what had been spoken about in to English. However, I would suggest that the summarised scrolls only covered only about 20% of what had been spoken about. I guess we would not know what we had missed had it not been translated by my other half.

The tour itself was extremely interesting albeit short. The live show has an additional charge associated of 300 yen per person. This was extremely cheesy but made quite humorous by the performers. If you fancy throwing a few shuriken, then you can do this at the end of the show for another cost of 200 yen for 5 throws.

Overall, I would recommend people to go but have someone who can speak the lingo with you.

1  Thank UKFlyerGirl
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