What is Ueno Park
Ueno Park is the center of tourism as well a recreation area for the citizens of Iga. The four seasons can be enjoyed at the park but there are also many tourist spots including the Bashoou Kinenkan Hall, Igaryu Ninja Museum and Ueno-jo Castle.
Bashoou Kinenkan Hall
Iga is the hometown of Japan’s best Haikai poet, Matsuo Basho. Near the entrance is an electronic bulletin board showing the writer’s travels on a map. On exhibition in the hall are documents considered to be of high academic value.
Matsuo Basho was also known as a famous Haiku poet around the world. He was on a journey to live and journeyed the world as a poet. The Haiseiden Hall was founded in 1942 on the 300th anniversary of his birth. There is a life-sized statue of Basho enshrined in the hall. Each building of Haiseiden Hall is said to be representative of a body part or travel tool. The Hall is represents Basho image as he traveled and is said to be an architectural masterpiece, an artwork in itself. In 2010 it was designated as an important cultural property of the country.
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum
Out of the many ninja groups that existed in Japan, the Iga ninja may be one of the most famous. Iga-Ueno is the birthplace of Iga-ryu Ninjutsu (Strategy and tactics of the ninja) and visitors can learn about and experience ninjutsu at the Ninja Museum. The Iga-ryu ninja mansion located in the museum is a reproduction of a typical ninja building. Here, a female ninja (Kunoichi) will demonstrate a variety of tricks and gimmicks of the house. In addition, in the Experience Hall and Lore Hall, there are over 400 pieces on exhibition including real shuriken throwing knives, weapons, tools and documents. There are some items that visitors can actually handle with their own hands. There are demonstrations by modern ninja groups who have received training in Iga-ryu ninjutsu. It is a compelling and comical show full of speed, enjoyable by visitors of all ages.
Ueno-jo Castle has been designated as a national historic site and has also been selected as one of the "100 Famous Castles of Japan". The white, three-storied castle tower resembles the shape of a phoenix resting its wings and is also known as the "Hakuho (White Phoenix) Castle". On the first and second floors are exhibits of furniture and armor of the Todo-han clan who once ruled the area. There is a telescope on the third floor of the castle and from there, it is possible to see the castle town, landscape, Iga basin and the mountains.
One of the Highest Stone Walls in Japan
On the west side of the castle, there is a stone wall that is one of the highest stone walls in Japan (approximately 30 meters). Some people feel uneasy looking down at the moat from atop the stone wall, and falling will cause serious injury so please use extreme caution. This stone wall has been used in director Kurosawa Akira’s movie "Kagemusha".
5 minute walk from Ueno-shi Station on the Iga Railway.
There is a Ninja Train running on the Iga Railway. It was designed by a famous Japanese manga artist, Matsumoto Reiji. Taking the Ninja Train to Ninja-no-sato Village and Iga-Ueno is recommended. At the Danjiri Kaikan Hall on the east side of Ueno Park, visitors can rent ninja costumes. It is a fun experience to go to the Danjiri Kaikan Hall and renting a ninja costume then heading to Ueno Park in character.
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Description: Ueno Park
|Sights||Ueno Park (上野公園)|
122-4 Danjiri Kaikan Hall, Ueno Marunouchi, Iga-shi, Mie 518-0873
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0595-26-7788|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Ueno Park