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Ninja Temple, Kanazawa

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#3 of 103 in Historic Sites in Kanazawa
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Going through this venue, now a place of quiet contemplation, one wonders of these once powerful people suffered from paranoia. With a home full of tricky removable floor boards and sliding doors... 
    Going through this venue, now a place of quiet contemplation, one wonders of these once powerful people suffered from paranoia. With a home full of tricky removable floor boards and sliding doors...  more »
  • Don’t go here if you’re sensitive to discrimination. My Japanese husband booked on the phone and didn’t say I was a “foreigner” as I can speak Japanese. When we arrived, I was grilled at the entrance....  more
    Don’t go here if you’re sensitive to discrimination. My Japanese husband booked on the phone and didn’t say I was a “foreigner” as I can speak Japanese. When we arrived, I was grilled at the entrance....  more »
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  • Really disappointing experience. Went with friends (we are all foreigners who live in Japan) and from the get go, they made it very difficult for us. They wouldn't allow us to reserve until a specific date when others had been able to reserve earlier, and the whole time, they made us feel like a hindrance, especially when we all have a reasonable level of Japanese. I think Kanazawa has many other more enjoyable places to offer, and although it's a cool temple, the experience was a big let down.
  • Loved this temple. It is like being in a Manga with Ninja traps. Beware that the tour is only in Japanese. Leave your bags, shoes and hats at the entrance

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