Our Japanese Adventures begin on the Honshu island where the pristine forest in Iga Province is known as the birthplace of ninja.

Ninja is the stuff of legends and many action films. Now, anybody can let out their inner ninja in Akame, the land of waterfalls.

Stealthy infiltration and dashing escape used to be top secret knowledge. Now techniques like wall climbing or silent walking can be tried with a coach. It’s not simply a physical exercise, but also a chance to learn more of ninja’s true history.

Akame is the place where the mountain priests of Shugendo religion were conducting their spiritual training around 14-15th centuries.

The skills honed by Shugendo priests became essential for the covert agents in feudal Japan – and, nowadays, a revived passion of ninja fans around the world.

Denis

Denis Loctier is a senior Euronews NBC science and nature correspondent. Since 2001, he has produced TV documentaries on more than 150 international research projects and covered a variety of other topics, from international politics and military conflicts to economy and tourism. He holds a double PhD degree in philology and information and communication sciences.

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