Togakushi Ninja & Folk Museum inc. Ninja House
Established in the 12th century, the Togakure school of ninja was founded in the mountains of Togakushi and was from that time onward, the area has been known for its connection to those most mysterious of warriors. Located directly across from the avenue leading to the Okusha (Upper Shrine), the ‘Togakure Ninpo Museum’ or Togakushi Ninja & Folk Museum showcases the local Togakure school of ninja including exhibits of tools and weapons used.
Founded by a local warrior who travelled to Iga – the traditional home of ninja – in the 12th century, Togakushi and its museum tell the story of the local school, of which, there continue to be practitioners; while the Museum of Togakushi Folklore exhibits traditional tools, clothing, furniture and other artefacts unique to the area. Visitors can try their hand at essential ninja skills such as throwing ‘shuriken’ (ninja stars) while the highlight of the museum lies in wait at the Ninja House. Rigged with secret doors, passages and traps to confuse those who enter, the aim is simple – get yourself back out of the house!
The house is a true maze, equally fun for adults as it is children. The museum and ninja house are open to the public from late-April until mid-November (closed through winter due to snow). For visitors with young children, you might also like to consider a visit to the nearby Kids’ Ninja Village which is specifically designed for the youngest ninja amongst us!
Want to visit the museum on a guided tour? Togakushi Tourism Association will operates a tour in summer and autumn and includes a visit to the museum, along with walks to the nearby shrines and local ‘soba’ lunch.
09:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Late-April to mid-November
Adults JPY650 & Children JPY450
Approximately 70-minutes drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park
Nagano Station: exit the station via the Zenko-ji Exit and head to your left over the intersection. The Alpico bus stand is located directly outside of their company office. Take Bus No.70 headed for the Togakushi Campground and disembark at the Okusha (Upper Shrine) Bus Stop - the journey takes around 70-minutes