Friday, 9th August 2013
In Japan Travel News,
Ninja novelty hopes to attract tourists
A small town in Japan is hoping to boost its tourism industry by encouraging visitors to take part in a spot of ninja training.
Iga in Mie prefecture has a rich ninja heritage dating back to the 15th century, and its camp will offer tourists the chance to learn some of the skills needed to become a warrior.
And the town is not alone in its endeavours, with Nabari also located in Mie prefecture, joining the destination in offering holidaymakers a taste of this ancient art.
Visitors can expect to be versed in key skills such as spying and sabotage, while they will also have the chance to attempt scaling walls, aiming throwing stars with precision and crawling up ropes.
Travellers visiting Iga who want to know more about the location's ninja heritage can stop by Iga-rya Ninja House to learn more about how those who practised this discipline lived. It is rigged with various traps, secret passageways and hidden escape routes, so an experienced guide leads all visitors around.
Written by Graham McPherson
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