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 cannot use without reservation. Should always go to here. Various contraptions are fun. There are paid parking nearby.
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  • We were here on our last day in Kanazawa. You are supposed to book your spot by phone before you come, but if you are lucky like us you can just come early in the morning and join the guided tour righ...  more »
  • Good opportunity to peek behind the scenes and get an insight into how they dealt with invaders. Guided tour only but the tourist office in the Kanazawa Station will help make reservations for you. En...  more »
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  • Interesting place, but beware if English... You may end up tacked onto a group of Japanese with no English commentary; and have to read a page from a book (which isn't easy if you're supposed to be watching the hidden doors). Really lost the ambiance of a potentially great view
  • Very interesting, better than the reviews here led me to expect. You get a guidebook which more or less lists everything told in Japanese, and it’s fascinating to see everything in the temple. But yes, it has nothing to do with ninjas haha
  • Pretty interesting temple. While its not related to ninja, the plethora of various traps, secret doors is certainly eye opening. While there are many castles or temples to visit in Japan, the guide here gives a pretty good explanation of the various features here. Was worth the effort (cold wind and rain) in the end.
  • This temple includes 23 rooms and 29 stairs in complicated structures. It is a complex architectural. There are inside some rooms connected with each others, as well there are few architectural details that can give the temple a sense of mystery and wonder like a secret door leading to a hidden rooms or underground and under stairs. The story said that the temple has been built to protect Kanazawa castle from enemies. There is inside a tunnel which the story said that the tunnel is connected direct to Kanazawa castle. Whatever, this temple is just a place of worship for Buddhists people. Actually, Ninja temple has nothing to do with ninjas.
  • Tour was only in japanese but it was easy to follow on the english guide book. Very interesting to see all the traps and doors inside the temple that could be used in case of attack. Although it's called Ninja temple, it has nothing to do with Ninjas and it is just a Buddhist temple.
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