Kinki/ Mie Pref.

Iga Ueno 

Town of History and Culture

Iga City sits almost at the center of the area which is located in the northwestern part of Mie Prefecture, surrounded by mountains. The famous samurai lord, Takatora Todo, maintained this region and established a town in the neighborhood of the castle in the Edo period (1603-1868). Similar to Kyoto, the town of Iga followed the grid pattern. Visitors who have visited Kyoto will feel some essence of the old capital here.  Probably, Iga Ueno is best known as the birthplace of Iga Ninja and its arts. It is also where Basho Matsuo, a famous poet and traveler in the Edo period who produced a number of fine travel essays and poems during his travels, was born.

Sightseeing Highlights in Iga Ueno

Iga Ninja Museum

Secret of Iga Ninja and their Ninja art are exhibited.

Access A 5-min. walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Tetsudo Train

Ueno Castle

The 30-meter high-raised stone wall is one of the best examples of its kind. The castle is also known as Hakuho Castle.

Access A 10-min. walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Tetsudo Train

Haisei-den

A wooden building in a unique design dedicated to Basho Matsuo, Japan’s greatest poet and traveler.

Access A 5-min. walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Tetsudo Train.

Important Annual Events in Iga Ueno

Iga Ueno NINJA Festa

April 1 to the end of Golden Week (holiday week in the first week of May)
Ueno Park and other locations

A variety of fun events related to Ninja will be held around Ueno Park and the city.

Castle Festival (Takigi Noh Theatre)

On the day of the autumn full moon
Ueno Park

A traditional Noh theatre performance held on the beautiful autumn full moon night every year. Noh performance under the light of the full moon is solemn and magical.

Basho Festival

October 12
Haisei-den

On the day of Basho’s death anniversary, a ceremony and events such as the National Haiku Poetry Competition and visiting the graveyard of Basho are held.

Ueno Tenjin Festival

Closest Sunday to October 25 (October 20-22 in 2017)
Misuji-machi and other areas

Ueno Tenjin Festival, with a 400-year history, is designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and Japan’s Important Intangible Cultural Property. Massive floats and a demon procession goes around the city.

Traditional Crafts of Iga Ueno

Iga Kumihimo Braiding

A sophisticated color combination of traditional Japanese kumihimo braiding is incorporated into modern items such as ties, straps for mobile phones, and more.

Iga-yaki Ceramics

Mainly focusing on tea ceremony utensils, Iga-yaki ceramics are natural, bold and highly resistant to fires and heat.

Food & Specialties of Iga Ueno

Iga Beef

Blessed with a natural environment and good water, cattle raised in Iga Ueno are highly valued as tasty beef.

Tofu Dengaku

Slices of skewered and lightly grilled tofu are eaten with a miso based sauce and some spice.

Katayaki Cookie

It is said that Iga Ninja carried these extremely hard cookies with them. Every piece is baked by hand. Their crispy aroma, sweet flavor and hard texture makes these traditional cookies of Iga famous.

Access
Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Tetsudo train. Ueno Higashi I.C. on the Meihan Highway
Contact
Iga Ueno Tourism Association
TEL:0595-26-7788 / FAX:0595-26-7799
E-mail: iga-ueno@ict.ne.jp
URL: http://www.igaueno.net/

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