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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  • You can't leave town without visiting (approximately 30/45 minutes the tepo to devote). Very interesting.
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  • This very interesting building is one of many temples built by the Maeda lords around the Kanazawa castle. Although it is not technically associated with the ninja it contains many hidden rooms, trick...  more »
  • It takes about 1000 days in advance to provide the Japanese leadership, but guidebook has other language constructs that are interesting and surprising but they are not related to ninjas. You can go and spend about 1 hours browsing.
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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.
  • 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.
  • A beautiful temple full of hidden traps and tricks. A great guided tour, yes its in Japanese but you get a helpful book with full englisht translations.

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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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