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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  • It was thought to die in the era of the Tokugawa House, Temple. Incorporates other floods in a narrow building discovered the trick of wisdom and that wisdom is exactly building of the Ninja. The reservations are required, so always remember booking in advance.
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  • You definitely should try to reserve ahead because large numbers of people visit here. It is a 10 minute taxi or bus ride from the busy side of Kanazawa station. Though the guides speak only Japanese ...  more »
  • Made a reservation on a visit 10 days ago. You book 10 minutes prior to arrival and there are already lined up. Explanation, the action group. Guide just so they say, do not resemble the maze. I was surprised so many gimmicks from coming to. Ninja Temple and since many foreign tourists. Visiting in winter, because the temple during the heating is not effective until there is recommended clothes.
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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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