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.
The 30-meter high-raised stone wall is one of the best examples of its kind. The castle is also known as Hakuho Castle.
A wooden building in a unique design dedicated to Basho Matsuo, Japan’s greatest poet and traveler.
Important Annual Events in Iga Ueno
Castle Festival (Takigi Noh Theatre)
Takigi Noh" is one of the events of the Castle Festival held every year from September to November, during the harvest moon of mid-autumn.
A special stage is set up in the Honmaru Square of Ueno Castle for one night only, where visitors can enjoy Noh and Kyogen performances.
This event is held on October 12, the anniversary of the death of haiku master Matsuo Basho, to honor his achievements and remember his legacy.
The event includes a ceremony, a national haiku contest, and a visit to the ruins of O. Basho.
The Iga-yaki statue of Basho enshrined in the Haiseiden is open to the public only on October 12.
Ueno Tenjin Festival
The Ueno Tenjin Festival is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan as well as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. A massive Danjiri float parade and demon procession showcase the 400 year history of the festival.
Traditional Crafts of Iga Ueno
Iga Kumihimo Braiding
Food & Specialties of Iga Ueno
- Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Tetsudo train. Ueno Higashi I.C. on the Meihan Highway
- Iga Ueno Tourism Association
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