Spots in Iga / Nabari Area

  • Ninja Museum of Igaryu
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    4.0
    319 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 117
    This ninja museum in Iga Ueno Castle's Ueno Park boasts the best ninja collection in the world. Composed of the Ninja House, Ninja Experience Hall, and Ninja Tradition Hall, they showcase real ninjas with a concept of bringing ninjutsu into the present. The Ninja House itself was built by a local Iga clan, and under the guidance of a kunoichi (female ninja), you can check out its contrivances like trap doors, escape routes, and revolving walls. The Azura ninja group's breathtaking shows and the shuriken throwing program are also popular. So is the shop selling ninja related items.

    Nice explanation of ninja culture. The tour of the typical ninja dwelling was very well done. The museum on the lower level was very informative along with the ninja residence building. I did not...

  • Iga Ueno Castle
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    4.0
    231 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 106
    This castle is also called the Hakuho (white phoenix) castle as the white shining walls of this three-story castle look almost like a phoenix resting its wings. Distinguished castle designer Todo Takatora, who took up the position of feudal lord of Tsu Domain, Ise Province originally built a five-story castle keep but it was destroyed during a great storm in 1612. The current castle keep was restored in 1935. The beautiful stone walls with a height of 30 meters as well as the inner moat remain as they were at the time when Takatora designed them, and the castle was designated as a national historic site in 1967, while the castle keep was designated as an Iga City Tangible Cultural Property in 1985.

    A bit of a steep hike up to the castle but worth the effort. The view from the third floor windows is spectacular of the city and surrounding area. Many oif the exhibits have English texts but...

  • Ueno Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 122-1
    This castle ruin park stretches in front of the Iga Line's Uenoshi Station. A characteristic of the symbolic Iga Ueno Castle is the high stone wall built by Todo Takatora, a military commander in the Warring States period. It is also called Hakuho Castle (white firebird castle) because of the beauty of the white, three-tiered castle. There are an array of facilities in the park overflowing with history such as the Iga-ryu Ninja Yashiki (Iga style ninja mansion) with surprise twists and secret doors, the Haiseiden (Matsuo Basho Memorial) that is modeled after Basho's traditional Japanese travel outfit, and the Basho Memorial Museum. Especially at the ninja mansion, they demonstrate Iga-style ninja techniques, and everyone from history fans to children can enjoy themselves. In addition, there are many different flowers that bloom throughout the year, and it is especially famous as a place to view cherry blossoms. It is visited by many cherry blossom viewers in April.
  • Roadside Station Iga
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Transportation
    Mie Pref. Igashi Tsugemachi 6187-1
    A roadside station located close to the Iga Interchange on the Meihan Expressway in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The station's distinctive octagonal building is modeled after a famous haiku by the great Matsuo Basho. The station's specialty products market sells locally grown vegetables and Iga specialty products, while the station's restaurant serves Iga beef croquettes, Matsusaka beef yakiniku barbecue set meals, and other dishes made with local ingredients. The station also has a free dog park and a convenience store open 24 hours a day.

    The roadside station in Iga is old, somewhat outdated, and not very interesting, but I dont know of anywhere else where you can get as much food, good food, for such a low price. I would especially...

  • Roadside Station Ayama
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Transportation
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kawai Yakuo 3370-29
    A roadside station located in Oaza Kawai Yakeo, Iga City. The station's restaurant, Sasayuri, serves Iga beef udon noodles and set meals which include sides made with seasonal local vegetables. The Tortarosso bread shop offers a variety of seasonal breads. The farm fresh shop sells local specialty vegetables and fish, while the Glass Bin Shop sells glass products by NSK. The station offers soba noodle making workshops on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and during the two hour classes attendees will make their own soba noodles from scratch.

    On our way to Kyoto our tour bus stopped here for our special lunch. There is a restaurant at the top, they had a special typical lunch for us waiting this was a great and different experience...

  • Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Nishiyubune 3609
    A farm and tourist-oriented facility which only creates additive-free and low additive products based on the theme of combining healthiness and deliciousness. The farm’s spacious grounds are host to a brewery, café, hot spring bathhouse, and more. At the Ham & Weiner Senmonkan, you can watch ham and sausages being made through a glass window. Visitors can learn about food and farming through a variety of classes on hand making foods. At the educational farm area, children can milk cows and ride ponies. There’s also a restaurant which serves fresh vegetables and pork raised on-site.

    This spot serves local farm to table style buffet. I have to say this has to be one of the best buffet lunches I had in a long long while. Selection includes Japanese and western style of savory...

  • Aoyama Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kachidi
    This plateau occupies one corner of Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park, located in Kachiji, Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The plateau's gentle slopes and the Aoyama Plateau National Park Road and Tokai Nature Trail are maintained to allow visitors to enjoy driving and walking here. In the spring, Japanese andromeda and Rhododendrons bloom, and throughout the summer visitors can see the small red Carnation flowers. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the four seasons with the Maiden Silvergrass in the fall and the frost-covered trees in the winter. Near the top of the plateau, there is a wind farm with dozens of wind turbines. Visitors can come close to the turbines to appreciate this impressive sight.
  • Japan Salamander Center
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Nagasaka
    Japan Salamander Center is a breeding and exhibition facility, one of the few of its kind in Japan, located 10 minutes by bus from Akameguchi Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line at the entrance to the 48 Falls of Akame. Called a living fossil, the giant salamander is a National Special Natural Monument that has survived in almost unchanged form for more than 30 million years. Visitors can carefully observe the unique forms and biology of giant salamanders and clouded salamanders born in the Akame area. They may also see sword-tail newts and other newts or axolotl walking fish.

    It isnt everyday that one gets to see live giant salamanders. This is a small 2-storey building at the entrance to the Akame 48 nature trail. Here, you can view these unusual creatures in glass...

  • Akame 48 Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Nabarishi Akamechou Nagasaka
    The general title for a four kilometer stretch of river comprised of numerous waterfalls. The area has been selected for numerous lists of scenic locations, including the Heisei 100 Famous Waterfalls, 100 Select Walking Trails, and Japan’s 100 Best Waterfall Scenery lists. Among the many waterfalls, the Akame Gobaku five falls are particularly impressive. The falls have been seen as a sacred site in traditional mountain worship since ancient times and En no Gyoja, famed mystic and founder of Shugendo asceticism, trained here. It is said that En no Gyoja met the Wisdom King Acala riding a red-eyed bull when training here, hence the area’s name of Akame (“Red Eye”). A statue of red-eyed bull is positioned along the walking trail, and it is said that rubbing them brings good luck.
  • Yabutcha
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Igashi Shimagahara 13680
    This hot spring facility is in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style water is 100% mineral-rich natural hot spring. The scenic outdoor bath offers a view of Kizugawa River and Shimagahara you can enjoy while you soak. The facility also has a free rest station and restaurant, as well as a souvenir shop where you can buy Iga specialty sweets and local products to take home.

    信楽観光の帰りに行きました。 あいにくのお天気だったので、露天風呂はちょっと濡れました。ぬるい温泉を沸かし直しているとのことで、36度くらいのお風呂もありました。人気のようで15分までにしてくださいと注意書きもありました。売店も大きくて休憩場所もあり、リラックスできました。キャンプ場も併設されていて、雨じゃなければゴーカートなんかも出来たようでまた行きたくなりました。

  • Aekuni Shrine
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Ichinomiya 877
    This shrine is the highest ranked in Iga, and is located right off the Meihan Expressway's Iga-Ichinomiya Interchange. On the grounds of the shrine, there are several power spots such as a longevity well said to give you health and prosperity in business, a marriage shrine, and rocks to grants divine blessings of easy childbirth. In addition, there is a stone monument with an engraved haiku written by Matsuo Basho when he visited the shrine, and there are many other sightseeing spots such as Mt. Nangu, lovingly called Iga Kofuji (Small Fuji of Iga). The shishi kagura (lion dances) that are performed at events in January, April and December are the prototype for dances throughout Iga, and have been designated an Intangible Folk cultural Property by Mie Prefecture.

    This shrine Continued from the Heian period, there is a venerable. There is a Momotaro rock on the right side of the precincts of the stairs. Momotaro is a story handed down from ancient...

  • Home of Matsuo Basho
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenoakasakachou 304
    This is the childhood home of the great poet Matsuo Basho, who lived here until the age of 29. The grounds contain a stone slab inscribed with the haiku Basho composed when he found the umbilical cord his family had kept in this house – “Old village! / Umbilical’s tail at cry / Year’s end.” A building called the Chogetsuken in the garden behind the house is where The Seashell Game poetry anthology was compiled by Basho. The home provides visitors with a glimpse of the life Basho lived in the place here returned to on many occasions after his travels.

    IF you fit on Ninja wear at Danjiri Kaikan,you will want to take a nice your photo exactly. I recommend to here. this house walk mints from Danjiri Kaikan. Entrance fee 300 yen,you can not get on...

  • Japan Classic Country Club
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Makiyama Shimoda 17-1
    A golf club surrounded by lush scenery and surrounded by Sasagadake and Mt. Amagoi in Iga City, Mie Prefecture. The club has a total of 36 holes between its two courses, the challenging King course and the strategic Queen course, both designed by Arnold Palmer, a man whose name means golf. Facilities include a clubhouse; restaurant serving Japanese, Chinese, and Western dishes; party room perfect for parties and award ceremonies; men's lockers and baths; a fully stocked pro shop; and practice ground.

    きれいに整備してくれていて、楽しくゴルフができました。 春先の人気のシーズンですが、込み合うこともなくスムーズにプレイができ大満足です。

  • Noten Mokumoku no Yu
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Mie Pref. Igashi Nishiyubune 3609
    An eight-minute drive from the Mibuno Interchange on the Meihan Expressway. This day trip hot spring bathhouse adjoins Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm. Built on a nature rich mountain slope with the trees and other growth left in place as much as possible, the bathhouse has a beautifully rustic atmosphere and bathers can enjoy facilities such as a hideaway outdoor bath carved out of a huge natural boulder and surrounded by trees. In another of the bathhouse' outdoor baths, bathers can take in the surrounding wilderness as they are caressed by breezes blowing through the trees and soothed by the song of wild birds. The bathhouse makes use of a sodium chloride spring (isotonic/mildly alkaline/low temperature). A free footbath is located on the outside of the bathhouse.

    露天風呂が工夫されていてとても楽しいです。もくもくの中を散歩してお食事をしてお風呂に入ってと1日楽しめます。

  • Iga Kumihimo Kumi no Sato
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 116-2
    This store of traditional Iga braid-making is located on the eastern side of Iga Ueno Park. You can experience kumihimo braiding first-hand at the facility. If you make a reservation, it is possible to make either a key holder or bracelet. Using a marudai (round stand frame for making kumihimo), you will be able to make your own Iga kumihimo in about 20 to 30 minutes. On the second floor, there are historical materials that introduce traditional crafts that represent Mie Prefecture such as Iga-yaki ware and Ise-katagami (type of paper stencil for dyeing textiles). In addition, they also exhibit and sell original kumihimo goods including sashes for kimono, scarves, and dolls made from kumihimo.

    Was here Iga for a minimum conference so a visit to the museum was a must. Lovely space for someone not familiar with the craft of Japanese braiding. The gift shop has some lovely examples of...

  • Iga Ware Pottery Nagatanien
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Marubashira 569
    Iga Ware Pottery Nagatanien is a well-established pottery which has carried on the culture and techniques of Iga Ware since opening in 1832. A climbing kiln with 16 continuous chambers operated until 1970s has been designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property. Taishokan built in the Taisho period (1912-1926) was actually used as an office until the 2000s. It preserves a phone and a safe from those days, and today opens as a place to rest where you can enjoy Taisho Roman (romantic vintage style).

    長谷園の土鍋で、毎日おいしいご飯をいただいています。毎年ゴールデンウィークには、釜出し市が開催され、アウトレット品が格安で購入できます。また、定番品も、割引して販売されているので、この時期の訪問をおすすめします。また、登録有形文化財の古民家もこの時期は開放され、ギャラリーやお茶席になっています。

  • St. Lakes Golf Club
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Igashi Kamigori Omine 1338
    World famous gold course designer Pete Dye was involved in designing the St. Lakes Golf Club, which stands amidst natural beauty in the city of Iga, Mie Prefecture. Of the 18 holes, the second one is quite a long distance, even though it is a middle hole, so it is popular among long drivers. Other popular holes are the third, with its large water hazards, and the 10th, whose rolling landscape gives one a sense of Pete Dye's typical designs. High-level competitors are not the only ones who appreciate this course, which requires strategic thinking. Beginners, too, gain a sense of the attractions of the game.

    とてもマニアックなコースです しかし体験した事のないコースでとても面白かったです ランチの石焼きあんかけご飯はとても美味しく 是非また行きたいコースです ただ名古屋からも大阪からも少々遠いですね

  • Kanaya Main Restaurant
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenonouninmachi 434
    This veteran restaurant on the Iga Highway in Ueno-nonin-machi, Iga City, Mie Prefecture specializes in meat dishes. They offer the finest grade of carefully inspected Iga beef from a superlative pedigree of Iga cattle. They use only the best sukiyaki meat for their local favorite Kotobuki-yaki, thin slices of beef cooked with vegetables at the table in a cast-iron pan. They don't use any seasoning to let the savory goodness of their superb ingredients shine through. Another amazing dish is the local favorite Butter Yaki, tender loin topped with butter and grated daikon radish and served with condiments.

    We were VERY fortunate to come here. A good friend of mine is from Iga and she took us there and her parents were generous enough to treat us to this restaurant. It was pricey. For five people, it...

  • Basho Memorial Museum
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenomarunouchi 117-13
    This memorial museum in Ueno Park in Iga City is dedicated to the famous poet, Matsuo Basho. With financial aid from Kanbe Mannosuke the museum was opened in 1959. On display in the museum you'll find writings and poems in Basho's own handwriting including his will as well as source materials relating to Japanese renga and haikai poetry. There is also a light up bulletin board that shows the routes of Basho's five journeys. Special exhibitions are held four times a year.

    We enjoyed our visit here. The curator we met was extremely friendly and eager to share about Basho. He took time to personally show us the period clothes Basho would wear and provided hand outs for...

  • Minomushian
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Mie Pref. Igashi Uenonishihinatamachi 1820
    A thatched hut which belonged to famed poet Matsuo Basho’s disciple, Hattori Toho. The name, meaning “Hermitage of the Bagworm,” is connected to a poem Bassho created in celebration of the completion of the hermitage—“Bagworms / Come hear their cry / A thatched hut.” Toho wrote the Sanzoshi, which systematizes Basho’s theories on haiku, here. of the five “Basho Hermitages” (the others being the Mumyoan, Sairokuan, Torokuan, and Hyochikuan), this is the only extant thatched hut, and was designated a Prefectural Cultural and Historic Site as well as a Site of Scenic Beauty in 1938.

    紅葉の時期に訪れました。 街中にありますが、囲いがあり隔離されています。外の音も気になりません。 まあ平日の午前中ということもあるのでしょう。 ほんとうに、芭蕉をして鳴かないはずの蓑虫の鳴き声がきこえると言わしめたほどの静けさかも。

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Spread across the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula, Mie prefecture boasts hundreds of kilometers of pretty coastline comprising the oyster-rich Toba city and Shima National Park all the way down to Kumano, a city that marks the beginning of part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, which runs into neighboring Wakayama prefecture. However, Mie is best known for the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine inland, one of the oldest and largest shrines in the country.

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