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Hanging out with a ninja

Nov 21. 2018
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By The Nation

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Aiming to be the gateway to the world of Japanese warriors, Chubu Centrair International Airport has launched a brand new initiative dubbed “Samurai x Ninja Airport”.

The airport recommends that tourists board the Iga Ninja Liner bus service that runs between Nagoya and the village of Iga Ueno in Mie Prefecture. The trip takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes and there are 8 rounds per day. 

Iga Ninja Liner tickets will be available on January 12 as a special package that can be used as a Nagoya Express Bus ride ticket, the ticket to the ninja village Iga Ueno, admission to the Ninja Museum of Igayu and to the ninja’s weapon “Shuriken” practice activity.

Chubu district in the central Japan is the birthplace of three samurai heroes – Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu – and has many interesting places to visit, such as the castle surrounded by stone and various mechanical techniques used by samurai and ninja in the olden days. 

The Ninja village Iga Ueno, said to be the origin of the ninja in Japan, is home to the Ninja Museum of Igaryu that gathers knowledge and interest about ninjas in one place and is also a popular tourist spot. Visitors can experience the culture and way of life of the ninja and benefit from a real-life ninja guide. 

The Karakuri Yashiki Ninja Residence is filled with fun traps and home to the ninja show “Ashura”. 

Chubu Centrair International Airport is located just 28 minutes from downtown Nagoya. Thai Airways, Japan Airlines and AirAsia X operate direct flights.

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