If coming from Osaka, take the subway to Tanimachi Kyuchome Station. Walk east for 10 mins to Osaka Uehommachi Station on the Kintensu Osaka Line. The local (普通) subway fare is the cheapest at ¥1110 but takes 1½ hours. The limited express (特急) costs ¥1980 but takes around 45 min. Alight at Iga-Kanbe Station.
Iga Ninja MuseumUeno's top attraction by far, this old Japanese house was actually used by the Iga clan and is full of spiffy ninja secrets like trapdoors, revolving walls and more, all demonstrated by kunoichi - cheerful lady ninjas in pink garb. There is a museum on the grounds with good English displays, and there are also live demonstrations of ninja weaponry and techniques - hourly from 11:00 to 15:00 except Tuesdays (only weekends in Dec-Feb).
phone: +81 595-21-2219This museum pays tribute to the haiku master Matsuo Bashō, who is thought to have been born in Iga. It's not often open, but the building itself, shaped like the hat Bashō wore, is a curious sight.
phone: +81 595-21-3148This castle was a frequent target for ninja attacks in the old days. Resist the temptation to slip on a mask and go skulking around as if nobody can see you; the sleepy guard inside the castle doesn't need the hassle. It's one of the better-looking castle reconstructions in Japan, but the museum inside is not really worth a visit.
Ueno Tenjin FestivalThe is held every year October 23rd to 25th. Between the festivals the portable shrines are shown in the Danjiri Museum.
There are a few business hotels in town, but no youth hostels.