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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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  • Aka Ninja Temple Street, well mainly gastropods in staircases and rooms are intricate building structures, sometimes hidden stairs like a maze. About a 40-minute tour time is short and long says.
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  • Would definitely recommend, tour in Japanese but with English guide book provided for those not versed. Great tour for about 1 hour with very interesting features. 1000 per person was definitely worth...  more »
  • This is the best on the trip, Kanazawa was awesome in Japanese annaeman, but if you look like you understand Korean description file is really shoddy Japan Ninja movie comes out I'm so weird seeing in front of the trap and can enter only by advance booking section next to try unplugging the horoscope too ^ ^ ~
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  • 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
  • Interesting insight in ancient techniques. Children love this place as it allows for plenty imagination and stories about battles.
  • 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.
  • 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.