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)
City symbols  
• 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)
Average 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)
Average 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)
Avg. relative 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).

Other not so well known attractions include:

Otogitoge Pass is one pass that Tokugawa Ieyasu passed over as he hurriedly crossed Iga to return to Okazaki, helped along by the people of Iga and Koka, during the Honnoji War.

Momochi Fortress is the fortress of Momochi Tanbanomikami, who is said to be one of the three great ninja, and nearby is Seiunzenji, where his grave is located.

Sainenji Temple is a Jodoshu (Pure Land) temple and is the burial place of Fujibayashi Samujiyasutake, the author of one of the great books of ninjutsu, “Bansenshukai”.

Fujiwara no Chikata Kutsu is the castle of Fujiwara no Chikata who appears in the Taiheiki, or Records of Great Peace.

International relations[edit]

Noted people from Iga[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Iga.

References[edit]