"Ninja Yashiki" Koka Things to Do Tip by Rabbityama
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The Ninja Yashiki is the former house of an actual ninja, and not just any ninja, one of the leaders of Koga-ryu Ninjutsu, Mochizuki. According to their information it is the only one left in Japan, so it is a worthwhile and unique experience for anyone with an interest in ninja.
Tours are conducted periodically and if you visit, it is well worth your time to stay and watch them. Although they are in Japanese, most of it is demonstrations of the secrets of the ninja house, for example, the door that you cannot open from one side due to weights but when you use both hands it opens. There is also a very obvious trick door that is actually meant to distract from the underground passage below. The window is also interesting, as it cannot be opened unless you swipe a piece of paper down the side.
The house also features ninja artifacts and visitors are free to climb to the second floor. The tea served here is said to be the same as what ninja drank (although I couldn't tell any difference between that tea and normal tea!).
It is not a large building, but ninja houses needed to be inconspicuous, because if people found out that a ninja lived there, they could face assassination attempts.
Entrance is 600 yen.