Category Archives: Japan

Visit the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in Japan

Planning a trip to Japan? If Osaka is one of the cities you’re visiting, make sure to do the 2 hour trip to Iga City for a wholesome and educational Ninja Experience. Iga Prefecture, if you didn’t know, is THE origin of Ninja!

“A secret group of Ninja actually existed. Famed as a school of. Ninja who exhibited exceptional skills, they are said to have practiced intelligence based strategies su h as information gathering, analysing the enemy’s strength and diversionary tactics.”

You definitely want to introduce interesting Japanese history to your kids! This is how we homeschool, travelschool, worldschool, unschool or whatever you wanna call it😉

Train to Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in Ueno Park

We honestly got lost on our way to Iga because we didn’t get on the right train at one of the stations 🙄 The 2 hour travel time turned into 4 hours (several train changes plus a bus ride) after our boo boos but it was still well worth the trip! You can see a vastly different scene from the industrial looking Osaka on your way to Iga City which me and my family appreciated.

TRAVEL TIP: Make sure you aboard the correct train. Japan is very precise with the timing of their trains so the time of departure is a better indicator than the color or direction of the train itself.

When you get to Ueno Park, head to the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum where you pay for the entrance. It’s just a short hike of about 10minutes. (Shorter if you aren’t carrying any tots with you) We waited only for about 5 minutes in line before entering the “Home of the Ninja”.

A lady wearing a ninja costume ushered us in and showed us the different components of a traditional Ninja house with animated explanations. There were revolting walls, secret trick door, an underground passage, a lookout place and a safe compartment all used by the ninjas during their time.

After the Ninja House, you are directed to the museum where you can see all the different ninja traditions and exhibits (the clothing and gears!!) illustrating the life and wisdom of the Ninja.

You can learn very interesting tidbits about the Ninja if you read from all the exhibits. Thankful they have English translations. Many museums actually do not have them. Loved this one about the cats eye! So informative!

I was pleased to learn that the Ninjas were also very much into strengthening the body and mind. Totally my kinda people 😍

Take your time at the museum unless the Ninja show is about to start then you can rush outside to the stage area and just come back in after the show is over. They’ll allow that, no worries.

You need to pay a separate fee for this before entering the outside arena. You can choose to skip this but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this show! They practically showed how all the Ninja weapons (real ones!) were used in a comedic fashion. It was definitely the most entertaining non English live show my kids and I have ever seen. Sadly, they didn’t have English translations during the show but we kept up!

It is honestly more appropriate for the older kids, maybe 7 years and up (because there are loud sounds and a firecracker stunt at the very end) but they let me in with my 4 year old and 1 year old anyway!

Photos aren’t allowed to be taken during the show so I tried to sneak one before it started.

Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

Ueno Park, Marunouchi, Iga City

9am to 5pm

Adults 700¥, Children 400¥

Ninja Show separate fee of 400¥

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Requirement for Japan Visa for Filipinos

Because our next international trip is to Japan, I am posting what I shall be preparing for my kids – requirements for tourist visa to Japan for Filipinos:

A. PURPOSE

Applicant himself/herself made the arrangements for the travel/tour in Japan If applicant request a multiple-entry visa for short-term stay, please refer to the requirement at the home page.

B. REQUIREMENTS

All documents must be original unless otherwise stated.

1. Philippine Passport

• Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2) blank visa pages.

2. Visa Application Form

• Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited travel agencies.

• Application form should be filled out all items correctly, If item is not applicable, please fill in [N/A]. Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the form; may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information. 3. Photo

• Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background.

• Photo must be taken within 6 months.

• Please write applicant’s name and birthdate on back side of the photo.

• Photo must be pasted on the application form.

4. Birth Certificate

• IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).

• If the birth certificate from Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) is unreadable, or has incomplete information, please submit the birth certificate issued by PSA together with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.

• If the birth certificate is “late registration”, please submit in addition, a baptismal certificate and school record (Form 137) from high school or elementary and School Yearbook (if possible).

• If there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

5. Marriage Certificate (if the applicant is married)

• IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).

• In case there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with the Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

6. Daily Schedule in Japan (TAIZAI YOTEIHYO ) [If applicant will shoulder part or all of his/her travel expenses]

7. Bank Certificate Validity of Bank Certificate is three (3) month from the date of issue

8. Applicant’s Income Tax Return (Form 2316) clear Photocopy (latest) [If Guarantor who lives in the Philippines will shoulder part or all of the applicant’s travel expenses]

9. Guarantee Letter

10. Proof of relationship between applicant and guarantor (e.g. Birth Certificates etc.)

11. Bank Certificate (original) and Income Tax Return (ITR Form 2316) (clear Photocopy) of Guarantor [If Applicant is not Philippines nationality ]

12. Foreign residents with long-term or permanent status in the Philippines applying for a visa must submit, in addition to the above requirements (except birth and marriage certificates), a copy of their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) issued by the Philippine government. Visa application of foreigners who are on short-term (temporary) visa in the Philippines cannot be accepted. Please apply at the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant resides or over the country of which the applicant’s passport was issued. [NOTICE] Size of document for application should be A4 size only. If document is other size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting pages. Applicants are exempted from submitting (4) and (5) Indicated above if they can submit old/valid passports with used Japan visa. It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).

All information is lifted from the Embassy of Japan to the Philippines.