Ninja Karakuri Yashiki

Ninja Karakuri Yashiki (House of Ninja Tricks) is a full-fledged ninja house in Togakushi, famed home of ninja, equipped with many fun gimmicks. The house is designed so that visitors can follow the path from a ninja Room to an inner parlor by passing through the stairs and a maze, as if they are participating in a game. It is entertaining and engaging for adults as well as for children. Attached to the house is a museum about the ninja arts of Togakure-ryu (School of the Hidden Door), archiving 500 ninja tools and displaying many artifacts including 200 panels with explanations and photographs about Togakure-tradition. This is a must-visit place for anyone who likes to experience an authentic ninja world.

Address
3688-12 Togakushi, Nagano-shi, Nagano
Contact No.
+81-26-254-2395
Access
60 min on a bus from Nagano Station on JR Shinkansen (bullet train) Hokuriku Line
Opening Hours / Holidays
9:00-17:00
Closed for winter
Official Website
https://www.togakushi-ninja.com/
Time Required
60 minutes
Admission fee
600 yen for adults and 400 yen for children

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:pixta

 Maze-like house of "trickeries"

The house is designed like a big maze, where you can move into the next room only after figuring out the trick devised in each one. It is a fun challenge to find and figure out all these gimmicks in the house, which include rotating or sliding walls, as well as a floor that moves when slanted. It is designed with such sophistication in trickery that they say it is nearly impossible for a child to finish the course all on his/her own. Even some adults are unable to find his/her way out without help.

 Togakure-ryu Ninja Arts Archive Museum

Along with 200 panels with photographs, the museum displays 500 ninja tools, such as darts, Makibishi caltrops, blowguns, a pair of soundless clogs, an umbrella equipped with poison arrows, and a pot used to store poison. With the aid of photographs, some panels show how a certain technique and/or skill is performed. You will find very interesting scenes including some that are familiar from a manga, anime or movie, such as a person swimming using a pipe-like tool with its tip popping out of the water surface or hiding under the ground.

Source:ARIZO PHOTOPIC

Test your dart throwing skill at the dojo

Ninja Karakuri Yashiki is accompanied by a dojo (training hall) where you can experience throwing shuriken darts in the Togakure tradition. The staff will teach you how to hold and throw them. If you hit the target five times in a row, you can win a cool prize, a round paper fan. Let’s put your skill to the test!

Source:go.biwako

Chibikko Ninja-mura (Kids’ Ninja Village)

Kids’ Ninja Village is a ninja-themed amusement park near Karakuri Yashiki where you can experience throwing shuriken darts as well as shooting darts through blowpipes. There are also other fun facilities and services which both children and adults can enjoy, such as the Ninja Archive, the athletic field in the forest for ninja training and the rental of ninja costumes.

Source:チビッ子忍者村

Togakushi Jinja

Togakushi Jinja is a shrine whose premises lie primarily at the base of Mount Togakushi and which has a history of over 2,000 years. It is a holy place located in a mountainous area, and among the many sacred places is quite rare even for Japan. Aligned on both sides of the 2- km-long entrance path are 400-year-old giant Japanese cedar trees that emanate a powerful spiritual force. It is a very special spot where you can feel a sense of spirituality immersed in the rich and powerful wonder of nature.

Source:写楽爺の独り言

Ninja Karakuri Yashiki

Ninja Karakuri Yashiki (House of Ninja Tricks) is a full-fledged ninja house in Togakushi, famed home of ninja, equipped with many fun gimmicks. The house is designed so that visitors can follow the path from a ninja Room to an inner parlor by passing through the stairs and a maze, as if they are participating in a game. It is entertaining and engaging for adults as well as for children. Attached to the house is a museum about the ninja arts of Togakure-ryu (School of the Hidden Door), archiving 500 ninja tools and displaying many artifacts including 200 panels with explanations and photographs about Togakure-tradition. This is a must-visit place for anyone who likes to experience an authentic ninja world.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:pixta

 Maze-like house of "trickeries"

The house is designed like a big maze, where you can move into the next room only after figuring out the trick devised in each one. It is a fun challenge to find and figure out all these gimmicks in the house, which include rotating or sliding walls, as well as a floor that moves when slanted. It is designed with such sophistication in trickery that they say it is nearly impossible for a child to finish the course all on his/her own. Even some adults are unable to find his/her way out without help.

 Togakure-ryu Ninja Arts Archive Museum

Along with 200 panels with photographs, the museum displays 500 ninja tools, such as darts, Makibishi caltrops, blowguns, a pair of soundless clogs, an umbrella equipped with poison arrows, and a pot used to store poison. With the aid of photographs, some panels show how a certain technique and/or skill is performed. You will find very interesting scenes including some that are familiar from a manga, anime or movie, such as a person swimming using a pipe-like tool with its tip popping out of the water surface or hiding under the ground.

Source:ARIZO PHOTOPIC

Test your dart throwing skill at the dojo

Ninja Karakuri Yashiki is accompanied by a dojo (training hall) where you can experience throwing shuriken darts in the Togakure tradition. The staff will teach you how to hold and throw them. If you hit the target five times in a row, you can win a cool prize, a round paper fan. Let’s put your skill to the test!

Source:go.biwako

Chibikko Ninja-mura (Kids’ Ninja Village)

Kids’ Ninja Village is a ninja-themed amusement park near Karakuri Yashiki where you can experience throwing shuriken darts as well as shooting darts through blowpipes. There are also other fun facilities and services which both children and adults can enjoy, such as the Ninja Archive, the athletic field in the forest for ninja training and the rental of ninja costumes.

Source:チビッ子忍者村

Togakushi Jinja

Togakushi Jinja is a shrine whose premises lie primarily at the base of Mount Togakushi and which has a history of over 2,000 years. It is a holy place located in a mountainous area, and among the many sacred places is quite rare even for Japan. Aligned on both sides of the 2- km-long entrance path are 400-year-old giant Japanese cedar trees that emanate a powerful spiritual force. It is a very special spot where you can feel a sense of spirituality immersed in the rich and powerful wonder of nature.

Source:写楽爺の独り言

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