“Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki” (Koka Ninja House) is a residence of the Koka Ninja located in Konan-cho, Shiga Prefecture. This is the only existing ninja mansion in Japan, once here Mr. Mochizuki, the leader of ninja of Koga school, lived here. Currently you can visit the inside of the residence freely with the guide. In the mansion, the tricks to deceive the enemy are set at various places, it is a continuation of surprise.
There are several ninja houses made for sightseeing purposes in Japan, but the only residence that the ninja actually lived is here. Various gimmicks are given in the mansion, and you can observe carefully while listening to the explanation of the guide.
In the first place, “ninja” is a group that served the Daimyo from the Kamakura period to the Edo period and had gathered information and waged a special martial art. In particular, Iga Ninja and Koka Ninja, which existed in the current Mie Prefecture Iga City and Shiga Prefecture Koka City, are famous. Koka Ninja is said to have started a samurai team who was sided by Mr. Rokkaku in the fight of 1487. This samurai group is called Koka Fifty-three Family, Mochizuki was the leader.
Various tricks are set in “Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki”. This is Koka Ninja Mr. Mochizuki made to protect itself from intruders. It’s designed not to attack, but to be able to get away quickly from the spot.
Others, you can wear ninja clothes or experience throwing “shuriken” (a small throwing blade) actually, so your kids should be able to enjoy it considerably. Indeed, it seems that tourists from overseas are also increasing because it is a facility that can make full-fledged Ninja experience. For those who want to experience ninja more, “Koka NINJA VILLAGE” is also recommended. Let’s enjoy the ninja feeling in Koka town of the ninja.
There are the two major schools of the Iga style and the Koka style in the Ninjutsu (the art of concealment and espionage). The “Ninjutsu Yashiki” (Ninja House) of both style remain at the present, but the Ninja Yashiki where a genuine ninja has ever lived in and remained in the same state is only a Koka style’s. Such precious genuine Ninja House exists in Koka-shi of Shiga.
The house called “The Koga style Ninjutsu Yashiki” which looks like a private house at first sight, but it is Ninja Yashiki House with the device deceiving an enemy everywhere.
In the house, you can receive an explanation concerning the Ninja like role or the meaning of the device. And it is “the Ninja clothes” to make this Ninja Yashiki House experience more fun. There is the clothes not only for the child use but also for the adult use, and it is an affordable price (500 yen per person), so let’s become a ninja together.
This is a pit in the other side of the big reversal door. A ninja open the cover of the pit quickly while escaping toward the reversal door. The house is dark without electricity in the past, so the enemy following immediately after the ninja who escaped to the reversal door is stuck in this pit suddenly. Depth is 3 meters. No one can stand up if he fall in it.
This is the reversal door. The door turns around when you push the left edge, but if the pursuer pushes the same part, it does not open this time. The construction is that it does not open unless you push the contralateral edge.
In addition, the weapons which were really used such as “a Shuriken” (a small throwing blade) or a sword are displayed, and you can experience “shuriken throwing”.
|Name:||Koka-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki (Koka Ninja House)|
|Adresse:||Konanchoryuboshi 2331 Koka, Shiga 520-3311 Japan|
|Access:||JR Kusatsu-sen Line “Konan-eki Station” (5 minutes by car)|
|Price:||650 yen (Adult : junior high school students and above)
350 yen (4 years old and above)
Free (Under 3 years old)
Please refer the official web page.