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Koka Ninja Village

Home to Ninja in old days, Koka mountains now has a Ninja theme park.

Theme park

Koka is surrounded by nature at the foot of Suzuka Mountains. The quiet village used to be a busy post station along Tokaido Highway, also known as the birthplace of the art of Ninja. Beyond the rolling hills, neighboring Iga is also a historical Ninja’s home town. Both are Japan treasures, registered as “Shinobi-no Sato Iga and Koka.” Small castles, mansions , training places and other cultural properties stand in the area.

One of them is a group of Ninja Museums, “Koka Ninja Village,” which is a theme park of Koka Ninja. On the vast premises between mountains, various facilities stand to offer learning and play experiences to allow you to feel like a ninja.

One of the village’s main facilities is Koka Ninjutsu Museum, which was opened in 1983 to explore the facts and history of Koka Ninja. It was made with an ancient thatched house believed to belong to Koka Ninjas. The museum exhibits a variety of info about ninja, including a letter sent by the last shogun in the Muromachi Period, Yoshiaki Ashikaga asking a Koka worrier for help, and one of the three famous ninja art secret books, Mansen Shukai. Based on these books, studies have been done on Koka ninja arts and the relationship between war lords and Koka Ninja.

The historical home of the Fujibayashi Family, the descendants of an actual Koka Ninja, was broken down, transferred, and rebuilt as a Karakuri Yashiki (trick house) here. You can see the flipping wall, hidden stairs, escape hole beneath an open hearth, etc. You can experience them in the real Ninja house, not just a replica.

Highlights

  • A realistic Ninja world recreated in the Ninja village, Koka.
  • On a huge premises between mountains, a variety of Ninja facilities stand.
  • The trick house is a real Ninja house transferred here.

Photos

  • The trick house is a real Ninja house transferred here.

    The trick house is a real Ninja house transferred here.

  • A variety of displays at Koka Ninjutsu Museum

    A variety of displays at Koka Ninjutsu Museum

  • Ninja Dojo made up of 9 practice places. Above: the water spider technique

    Ninja Dojo made up of 9 practice places. Above: the water spider technique

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Details

Name in Japanese
甲賀の里 忍術村
Postal Code
520-3405
Address
394 Kokachooki, Koka City, Shiga
Tel
0748-88-5000
Closed
Mondays (If holiday, the following day)
Business Hours
10:00am-5:00pm (last entry: 4pm) *Hours may vary depending on the season.
Admissions
Entrance to the village, 1,100yen
directions
1) from JR Kusatsu Line, Koka Station, ride a free shuttle bus for 5 min.
2) from JR Kusatsu Line, Koka Station, ride the Koka City Community Bus for 6 min. Get off at Tochitaniguchi. The village is near.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)