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
Iga Ueno NINJA Festa
Castle Festival (Takigi Noh Theatre)
Ueno Tenjin Festival
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
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
- TEL：0595-26-7788 / FAX：0595-26-7799
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- URL： http://www.igaueno.net/