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Ninja Temple, Kanazawa

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#3 of 102 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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  • 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 »
  • You need a reservation to go inside, and it is worth planning ahead. You will be told that the tour is given only in Japanese. Have no fear! If you can read English then you will be fine. They offer.....  more
    You need a reservation to go inside, and it is worth planning ahead. You will be told that the tour is given only in Japanese. Have no fear! If you can read English then you will be fine. They offer.....  more »
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  • They are not welcoming to foreigners. They will focus on foreigners and turn a blind eye to others. Japanese speaking only. $10 per person for admission was not worth it. Not highly recommend, the place had some cool hidden features and interesting history, but hospitality was poor.
  • I’ve been in Japan for 4 years and on occasion I have encountered extremely rude and frankly racist individuals. Rarely has it angered me. But this place takes the cake. I went to the tourist information center to ask them to call for us, in case of language issues. The woman informed me , after calling, that I’d have to call myself and it was a number where someone would help me in English. I walked away and dialed. The woman answered in Japanese and rudely kept saying No English. I tried speaking to her in my limited Japanese. She insisted they will only give a tour in Japanese (even though the brochure says if you call, they can do English). She then proceeded to ask me if we were residents if Japan and I said yes, but my son had no card with him. She started yelling at me “ no card no entry”. Before that she told me my son could come but must remain completely silent. He’s 11 and very respectful in temples, I really didn’t need that. Finally I just hung up on her. Seriously, the only time I’ve hung up on anyone here in 4 years. Unbelievable. And the sad thing is my son was disappointed.

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