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Ninja Temple, Kanazawa
(4/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Very impressive place which described the culture of the Ninjas versus the Samurais and how the Ninja role was to be into battle and out as quickly as possible. Saw hidey holes and escape tunnels whic...  more »
  • We couldn't just turn up and see so we had to wait an hour until the next tour so we just walked around to the other temples in the area. Tour is in Japanese only but they give you a folder with engli...  more »
  • To be frank, Lords business. I think many tedious and insane travel agencies and individuals who are the worst. And phone is difficult, is very disappointing with good mouth he's cocky, from a first offender treatment, you will feel sad. Responding as directed at time of booking (please cooperate) "thank you" without a Word. And also wish to Vermillion book took foreign guests "not reached the prescribed number of persons today for! "The terrible. Was sorry very much. It's crowded but if you take the money, but you can see your response as reasonable people expect now. Have hope, we will dare to buzz.
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  • Awesome place although it has nothing to do with ninjas. The temple building was cleverly rebuilt in order to protect the local regent who frequently visited the place. Multiple exits, trick doors, hide outs and deadly counter measurements made it extremely difficult for any potential attacker to get their hands on the paranoid lord. Over time people called it the Ninja Temple for its sneaky and sophisticated installations. Gets very crowded. No parking space available.
  • It is an interesting house. No wonder people call it Ninji temple.
  • Call in advance to get a reservation if you want to secure a spot. However, I went there on Sunday morning during a busy weekend (Hyakugokuman Festival) and got a spot on the next tour. Arrived at 10:04, got in at 10:30 - I wouldn't attempt that in the afternoon or in a group of more than 2, though. The tour itself is only in Japanese, but they hand out English guide books that explain everything the guide is saying. The tour is mandatory but really interesting and takes 30-40 minutes.
  • Very interesting temple: Like something out of a spy novel! I thought the staff was quite friendly to foreigners, though they didn't speak much English. It's worth a visit.
  • My daughter is already at primary school age in Taiwan but still was refused to make an appointment since she is 6 years old. Kids said it's worth of less then one star from their prospective.