Iga-Ueno - The poet Basho was born in Iga-Ueno in 1644. Read Basho's poems out loud to your kids. A family favorite is The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a story of his travels around the countryside, interspersed with haiku poems. In Ueno, there is an elegant museum (Haiseiden) and statue of the poet. (The roof of the museum is shaped like Basho's traveling hat.)
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum - Iga-Ueno is the legendary home of the ninja spies. The museum is housed in the secret home of the ninja for over 400 years. Discover secret doors in the building, learn about ninja skills and weapons. On the first Sunday each month, from 11am - 3pm, there are ninja demonstrations in the open space in front of the museum.
Ueno Castle - This 17th century castle is a classic, with high stone walls, winged roofs, nice grounds and a great view of the city.
Iga Braid Center (Iga Kumihimo Center) - Stop into the Iga Braid Center to watch braided silk cords (kumihimo) being made. Braided silk cords are used to tie obi belts and fasten short kimono coats. The braiding process is intricate and there are many different patterns. The center is also a good place to buy this traditional handicraft.
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