Iga school of ninja is the most well known of the two schools for ninjas.
The History Channel’s Human Weapon series “Ninjitsu or Ninja –Human Weapon” said of ninjitsu:
“Ninjutsu was born of the battles of supremacy in Japan. It literally means the art of invisibility. While the Samurai battled in the battlefields, Ninjas did the dirty thing spying, sabotage and assassination. Although the spying and the stealth called the dirty work, it is the one of the main aspect of modern day weapons and fighting strategies of all countries.
Ninjas played a powerful role in shaping Japanese history. As Japan modernized, there was no need of Ninjas and the Ninjutsu techniques dissipated in various martial systems like Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido. All this Martial arts of Japan where influenced by Ninjutsu.”
Of traditional ninja schools, Iga-ryu captures the imagination because they were the best — they were trained in disguise, escape, concealment, explosives, medicines and poisons, in techniques of unarmed combat, plus they wielded various fascinating weapons such as shuriken and ninjato swords.
We are warned there is much misinformation in the many books that abound on the topic of ninjas:
“The problem with most books on Ninja is that they aren’t accurate. The reason for this is because there is little-to-no historical accounts of the Ninja to back up the many claims associated with them. While they did indeed exist, further details are few in number and often obscure.
* Wow, talk about misinformation. Ninjutsu didn’t influence any of the arts they listed. Karate was developed on Okinawa and it was based on the previous Okinawan Martial Arts (which were based on Chinese Martial Arts). Judo and Aikido were based on Jujutsu. And Jujutsu was developed by the Samurai.”
117-13-1 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga-shi, Mie-ken Entrance Fee: Adults: 700 yen (600 yen) Children: 400 yen (300 yen) * Fees contained in ( ) are rates for groups of 30 or more * Other Fees: Ninja Show 200 yen/person (Closed some days; please confirm beforehand) Shuriken Throwing Experience 200 yen/person, 5 throws Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. * Entry is closed at 4:30 p.m.
“Ninjitsu or Ninja –Human Weapon” The History Channel website.
Iga-ryu (Wikipedia) The school of ninjitsu
Response to Lost History–Ninja Lore (Youtube) debunks myths and errors in Lost History –Ninja Lore video