Iga, Mie

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Iga
伊賀市
City
Iga-Ueno Castle
Iga-Ueno Castle
Flag of Iga
Flag
Official seal of Iga
Seal
Location of Iga in Mie Prefecture
Location of Iga in Mie Prefecture
Iga is located in Japan
Iga
Iga
 
Coordinates: 34°46′N 136°8′E / 34.767°N 136.133°E / 34.767; 136.133Coordinates: 34°46′N 136°8′E / 34.767°N 136.133°E / 34.767; 136.133
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Mie Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Mutsuyuki Imaoka
Area
 • Total 558.17 km2 (215.51 sq mi)
Population (November 2012)
 • Total 95,137
 • Density 170/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Red Pine
- Flower Sasayuri (Lilium japonicum)
-Bird Green Pheasant
Phone number 0595-22-9601
Address 116 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga-shi, Mie-ken 518-8501
Website www.city.iga.lg.jp
Iga City Hall

Iga (伊賀市 Iga-shi?) is a city located in central Kii Peninsula, in the mountainous western Mie Prefecture, Japan.

As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 95,137 and a population density of 170 persons per km². The total area is 558.15 km².

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Iga has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cold winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from June to September.

Climate data for Ueno/Iga, Mie
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.5
(45.5)
8.1
(46.6)
11.9
(53.4)
18.4
(65.1)
23.0
(73.4)
26.0
(78.8)
29.9
(85.8)
31.2
(88.2)
26.9
(80.4)
21.0
(69.8)
15.7
(60.3)
10.5
(50.9)
19.18
(66.52)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.4
(36.3)
2.9
(37.2)
5.8
(42.4)
12.0
(53.6)
16.8
(62.2)
20.8
(69.4)
24.7
(76.5)
25.6
(78.1)
21.5
(70.7)
15.0
(59)
9.4
(48.9)
4.6
(40.3)
13.46
(56.22)
Average low °C (°F) −2.1
(28.2)
−1.7
(28.9)
0.3
(32.5)
6.0
(42.8)
11.0
(51.8)
16.4
(61.5)
20.8
(69.4)
21.3
(70.3)
17.3
(63.1)
10.0
(50)
4.1
(39.4)
−0.5
(31.1)
8.57
(47.42)
Precipitation mm (inches) 46.0
(1.811)
58.0
(2.283)
92.3
(3.634)
120.7
(4.752)
133.3
(5.248)
215.9
(8.5)
211.5
(8.327)
142.8
(5.622)
173.6
(6.835)
114.8
(4.52)
63.7
(2.508)
37.4
(1.472)
1,410
(55.512)
Snowfall cm (inches) 8
(3.1)
8
(3.1)
3
(1.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1
(0.4)
20
(7.8)
 % humidity 72 72 71 72 73 78 80 79 81 79 78 75 75.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 121.9 112.0 145.0 154.9 174.7 127.3 150.4 175.6 122.9 132.3 121.2 126.9 1,665.1
Source: NOAA (1961-1990) [1]

History[edit]

The area around the modern city of Iga corresponds to a portion of ancient Iga Province. The area was noted in the Sengoku period as one of the centers for ninjutsu. The town developed in the Edo period under the Tokugawa Shogunate as a castle town under Iga Ueno Castle. Iga is known as the birthplace of the haiku poet Matsuo Bashō and the home of the ninja Hattori Hanzo.

The city of Ueno was founded on September 10, 1941. It was renamed Iga on November 1, 2004 following a merger with the towns of Iga (former) and Ayama, the villages of Shimagahara and Ōyamada (all from Ayama District); and the town of Aoyama (from Naga District).

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Two of Iga's main tourist attractions are the Iga Ueno Castle and the Iga-ryū Ninja Museum (the area around the city being the historical home of the famous Iga Ninja). There is also an annual Iga Ueno Ninja Festa ninja festival (April 1 to May 6).

International relations[edit]

Noted people from Iga[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Iga.

References[edit]