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Ninja Temple, Kanazawa
(3.9/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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 was not so freely that I would be Ninja-kid-friendly facilities, at first appointment. To visit was stopped because the extra time into Kanazawa best 3 ^ ^ I see this site well known, but reservations are required. If you have a free day looks OK is the old temple. But clever architecture once put the legs, and all over the place are planted gimmick I know. Entrance with a large bag backpack, so that valuable mobile bag is nice. Guide it's stuck with about 10 listening to the explanation, go. We have available on the far side of the ear still lend English literature, of choice, of course, Japan Japanese Japanese so. We are there in old buildings and down steep steps, so small children or elderly or unfit. Place the building itself as an intellectual game of adults can enjoy!
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  • Our kids are so intrigue by this temple with all the secret rooms and passages. it's like an adventure house to them. The tour guide speaks only japanese but they provide english translation booklet f...  more »
  • Easy to find. Interesting history & contraptions. All tours in Japanese. They provided a folder guide in English but the written word is not spoken word equivalent. Expensive entry at 1000 yen per per...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It is an interesting house. No wonder people call it Ninji temple.
  • Call in advance to get a reservation if you want to secure a spot. However, I went there on Sunday morning during a busy weekend (Hyakugokuman Festival) and got a spot on the next tour. Arrived at 10:04, got in at 10:30 - I wouldn't attempt that in the afternoon or in a group of more than 2, though. The tour itself is only in Japanese, but they hand out English guide books that explain everything the guide is saying. The tour is mandatory but really interesting and takes 30-40 minutes.
  • 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.
  • My daughter is already at primary school age in Taiwan but still was refused to make an appointment since she is 6 years old. Kids said it's worth of less then one star from their prospective.