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Ninja Temple, Kanazawa

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Religious Site
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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  • It is a bit pricey, and they only speak japanese. But they do provide the tourist with a translated folder. You are not allowed to take photos inside itz The temple was cleverly built and all the hidd...  more »
  • I went a year ago, and it was very enjoyable. Although I did not understand everything, there was a guide book that helped, and all the little traps and hidden places were nice. However, when I called...  more »
  • Wonderful old building with many hidden surprises. Great experience. Just the thing for history buffs.  more »
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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
  • Interesting insight in ancient techniques. Children love this place as it allows for plenty imagination and stories about battles.