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Ninja Temple, Kanazawa

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Explore the eccentric twists and turns of Ninja Temple, a Buddhist temple that served as a military stronghold. Seemingly an inconspicuous two-story building, the temple's interior reveals a complicated design filled with traps, hidden chambers, and escape tunnels, built to enable Lord Maeda and his samurais to protect themselves from an attack by the central government. Explore the elaborate network of chambers, connected by a staggering 29 staircases and laid out over four levels, featuring numerous intricacies designed to trap, hinder, or confuse the enemy. While the guided tour is available in Japanese only, you'll receive a book with thorough explanations of all the sights as you enter. Use our Kanazawa tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Ninja Temple and other attractions in Kanazawa.
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  • It is an ancient temple of shogun of the city of kanazawa, really isn't a ninja Temple, a temple which by its condition of being the Temple of the character more important city, is protected with an infinite number of traps to defend against possible attacks from invaders. The temple is a bit poorly indicated. Visit worth much, but you have to book in advance in order to enter. There are often many people. The guided tour only is in Japanese, but they gave us a guide written in Spanish with photos and all kinds of explanations.
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  • Ninja Temple and said, so the sense of Karakuri mansion strong or I would either say "sense of history" was. Description of staff was great. Please description carefully. Kanazawa's truly thrived! I thought. Starting from the pitfalls, the story of big wells and hidden description mechanism of door loft stairs and so on is not half the fun. World during the tougher rules, said the staff inside the temple complex is a selfish act prohibited was the best. The guide book and I to enjoy following the most. Regulation of the number of people is understandable. It is a top tourist destination.
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  • Visit this temple is very curious. It has a very interesting architecture and transports you to a different time. How is them they managed to make double doors, hidden and other stairs. The tour is completely in Japanese, but they give you a folder with translation so that you can accompany it. The entrance is 1000 yen. It is something different. But the great frustration is to discover which is called Ninja Temple, but Ninja has nothing. It was for the Samurai could protect the feudal Lord of attacks. This is a temple of prayer.
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  • Great place to spend about an hour. The tours are not offered in English, but there is a booklet/binder with English explanations. The temple is great to see all the nooks and crannies. Making reservations was strange since there's technically no check in counter or ticket area, but there's an intercom across from the gift shop left of the shoe area where you can make reservations. Go here!
  • Overpriced. $10 for a 20 minute tour (and our guide said we were running too slow). They really push the crowds through. It's cute and interesting but not worth the price.
  • Nice house with a lot of hidden secrets. Visits are only in Japanese but if you are foreigner they give a book with the explanations. Is not allowed to take pictures inside the building.
  • I guess I was lucky, got in without booking and being the only foreigner the guide could make sure that I was always on the right page of the book. It's not about ninjas but still interesting
  • Cool historical place with lots of intriguing architecture.

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The well-preserved castle town of Kanazawa has a good range of accommodations, with the most popular among them sitting in tall modern blocks overlooking the historical areas of town, or the more commercial parts. Look to the west of the castle grounds for some particularly well-positioned options, offering urban views, spas, pools, and restaurants. North-west from here, close to the main train station, you'll find a good selection of slightly simpler options in tall blocks, while the residential districts across the city house simple guesthouses and the odd hostel.
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