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. Make Ninja Temple a centerpiece of your Kanazawa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kanazawa day trip planning site .
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  • This has nothing to do with Ninjas. If you enjoy looking at hidden chambers and secret escapes for 1000 ¥ a guided tour in Japanese and a very minimalistic guide in English then you should consider go...  more »
  • ガイドとスタッフはとても無礼でした、もしかしたら外人です。 The guide and the staff were very rude with us, maybe because we are foreigner because they were much more polite with other japanese.  more »
  • Many times when visiting a new discovery is funny! Had we took to the elementary school lower grades of grandchildren, but having to present your health insurance card. So far required? Description of the guide was interesting.
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  • This place is unique, but it's hidden and need reservation to enter the building. These kinds of shrine actually a lot in Japan. Not so special for me. The place is clean and have toilet inside. So far, 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Loved loved this place. But somewhat disappointed that the tour was in Japanese. A book is given to follow along. The majority of the group spoke English. No effort to explain in English was made
  • Interesting contraptions that was built, designed and preserved. The tour is in Japanese but a English written document was provided that explains the various points in the temple. Recommended for a visit and its hood to make a Reservation. You can make the reservation at the Kanazawa Tourist info counter located in Kanazawa station.
  • Sharpen up your 日本語 listening skills, because there is no tour in Eigo (English). (They have a booklet with some English text to sort of follow along, but trust me, you'll want to keep your eye on the ball here.)
  • The guided tours are in Japanese only. They have an English guidebook that summarizes the highlights and the guide is very expressive, but it still feels that understanding Japanese will give a fuller experience. Still, I enjoyed the tour.

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