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Ninja or shinobi was a covert agent or mercenary of feudal Japan specializing in unorthodox arts of war. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, intelligence-gathering, assassination, as well as combat in certain situations. Ninja history is rich in Japan, although there are few official records of their actions. The ninja had their own hierarchy system. Jōnin (upper person) were the highest rank, followed by chūnin (middle person), and the bottom are genin. Among the ninja, there were three clans that set themselves apart. They were the Iga, Koga, and Kazama clans. Each clan is well-known in Japan's history for their superior technique and involvement in various wars and battles.
The ninja, using covert methods of waging war, were contrasted with the samurai, who had strict rules about honor and combat. Japanese samurai looked down on the ways of the ninja, deeming their acts dishonorable. Still, the ninja found work for local lords and leaders to carry out assassination, espionage, sabotage, and even psychological warfare against the enemy. The legends of the ninja warriors continue to inspire artists and pop-culture, such as the hit Anime series Naruto.
Interested in learning more about ninja? Japan Deluxe Tour's offers a wide range of day trips and add-ons for a day of ninja fun. Extend your Japan tour with our pre/post stay options with a trip to the Ninja Trick House, Iga Ninja Museum, or more of Japan's ninja-inspired attractions. You can also customize a vacation package to visit a Ninja village or even take a ninja class!
Ninja theme park for children with various obstacles that depict ninja training
Ninja museum displaying ninja tactics and weapons
Known as Ninja Temple with many deceptive defenses
Birthplace of Iga ninja spies; ideal hideout location for refugees due to its remote location
interactive experience where you can learn the tricks and trade of Japan's ninja
Arcade that utilizes VR technology to immerse you into your favorite games.
Tengu are legendary creatures found in Japanese folk stories