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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  • August 16, 2017
    And Cub 6 garden, Kanazawa Castle Park, Higashi Chaya district, anyone visiting a once famous tourist attractions are located in West Street, also known as Ninja temple we visited for the first time. You could know the location, heard from a friend, but the time limit in advance reservations are required, but help her feet, but this time, for the first time tour and the wish of the sengoku daimyo. Just believing is better than look, take a look at, you recommend tours.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The tour is to be reserved in advance by phone, a hand from a local will be appreciated as the English is not the forte of the temple staff. The tour takes place shoeless by group of 15 persons. The g...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Morning 9:00 went to book. 1度ni contains about 50 people. The group is divided into the 10 judges. With clear explanations demystify the beginning steps and the room was fine. Loopholes and outwit numerous stairs. You see this is not wonderful. Not only pray, take a look at the tour.
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  • April 19, 2017
    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!
  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • December 11, 2016
    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.
  • March 2, 2017
    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
  • July 12, 2017
    Cool historical place with lots of intriguing architecture.

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