08.09.2014 - 08.09.2014
With a rail pass good for unlimited travel within five days, we devide to nake the most of it and visit as much of the Kansai area as possible. Deciding to head off the beaten path, we make our way to the end of the line. Iga is famous for one thing: ninjas. The secretive spies and assassins of Japan's bloody civil wars thrived in this region and have been a popular culture icon, along with geisha and samurai. Here we watched a demonstration of various ninja weapons like throwing stars, sickles and swords as well as seeing the inside of a ninja house. This was filled with false walls, hiding spots and escape hatches.
For culinary specialities, there was only two. Locally produced beef that was far to expensive, around $50, and ninja biscuits. These were similar in taste to the deer biscuits in Nara but sweeter and more dense. They can supposedly last six months and provided all of the nutrition that a ninja needed.
From here, we returned to Osaka to eat and plan our next excursion.