Tucked away in the picturesque Iga Province in the Mie Prefecture is a museum dedicated entirely to the history and practise of ninja and ninjutsu.
Established in 1964, located near Iga Ueno Castle, Jinishi Kawakami, the museum is about an hour’s drive from Kyoto.
Inside this unique collection, marvel at ancient ninjutsu writings, weapons, audiovisuals, models and extensive displays of the weaponry and techniques employed by ninja.
Check out the Iga-ryu Ninja House, an accurate recreation of a typical ninja house, fit with traps, fake hallways and hidden doors to ward off enemies. Your kuno (female ninja) will guide you through the house, demonstrating each of these tricks.
Learn all the Kuji, or secret ninja codes, and how they can be adapted into modern times, then take front row seats to a live ninja fight, equipped with all of the traditional weaponry!
Still not convinced? We’ll let The Ninja Tourism Promotion Council (yes, really) give you a bit of a glimpse into the exciting world of Ninja with this video…
Well, we’re sold. For more info, head to ninja-museum.com.