The original castle was constructed in 1585 but was destroyed in 1612 by a rainstorm, and it was never rebuilt. The castle that you see today was actually funded by a resident of Iga Ueno. It was built in 1935 completely out of wood. Compared to other castles, Iga Ueno castle has less artifacts inside and is more of an observation area to view the...more
Every year in late October, Iga Ueno hosts the Tenjin Festival, which is their danjiri festival (a traditional Japanese festival originally performed as a type of prayer for good harvests). During the rest of the year however, you can view the danjiri floats and learn about the festival at the Danjiri Museum!In the museum you can watch a video that...more
Iga Ueno is the founding city of Ninjutsu, the ninja art of stealth, one of the two ninja schools. To keep the spirit of ninja alive, they have created a museum to educate visitors about the lives of ninja. There are three parts to the museum. First is the museum itself. Inside the museum, you can see ninja weapons, watch a video about ninja, see...more
The cafe opened on July 19, 2008 and the gallery space on October 21st, 2008.Both are located in a rather colonial style than Japanese looking building, the cafe on first and second, the gallery on third floor. The interior is very spacious with a high ceiling. The furniture on ground floor is very simple. On the upper floor you can relax on soft...more
We were quite surprised to find even an Indian restaurant in Iga Ueno so we immediately decided to give it a try. The Indian cook is still quite young and got his license to open the restaurant in September 2008.We chose the Tajmahal and Maharaja set for dinner, each 1300 Yen. Although the curry itself is quite delicious it basically consists...more
The closest station to the ninja museum, castle, Matsuo Basho house, and Danjiri Museum is Ueno-shi Station.
From Osaka, you can either go to Tsuruhashi Station and travel on the Kintetsu Osaka Line and transfer at Iga-Kambe Station to the Iga Line, which will take you to Ueno-shi Station
Travel on the Yamatoji Line to Kamo Station and transfer at Kamo Station to the JR Kansai Line and then transfer again at Iga-Ueno Station to the Iga Line to get to Ueno-shi Station.
From Kyoto, you can travel south on the Kintetsu Kashihara Line and transfer at Yamato-Yagi Station to the Kintetsu Osaka Line to Iga-Kambe Station where you will transfer to the Iga Line which will take you to Ueno-shi Station.
From Nagoya, you can either take the JR Kansai Line to Iga-Ueno Station and transfer to the Iga Line to get to Ueno-shi Station
Take the Kintetsu Nagoya Line to Ise-Nakagawa Station and transfer to the Kintetsu Osaka Line where you will transfer at Iga-Kambe to the Iga Line to reach Ueno-shi Station.
As an easy reference, if you are traveling on JR Lines, you need to get to Iga-Ueno Station to transfer to the Iga Line to reach Ueno-shi Station, and if you are traveling on the Kintetsu Line, you need to get to Iga-Kambe Station to transfer to the Iga Line to get to Ueno-shi Station.
If you are thirsty for some good Japanese sake or foreign wines and sweets you should definitely visit the shop of Mr. Hashimoto. The shop is especially easy to find as the global longitudinal (136°08'06" E) and latitudinal (34°45'48" N) coordinates were cast into the facade of this fashionable concrete house.The shop sign is cast iron and handmade...more
Here at Murai's you will find a lot about Japanese tea culture. It is a quiet and cosy store with the owners having almost always time for a chat. In summer you can sit outside in the backyard, during cold winter days inside at a warming stove.Murai's father was a collector of various things and they are all exhibited at the store. You could call...more
At the following website you can download two official city maps of Iga.