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Myoryuji - Ninja Temple

1-2-12 Nomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 921-8031, Japan
+81 76-241-0888
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Ranked #3 of 65 attractions in Kanazawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

It's nothing Ninja but a temple with lots of tricks inside. It's guided tour in Japanese but you they will give you English (at least French also available) book so that you can follow. You need to book it and it last around half a hour. They should do english tour from time to time and it would be perfect

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Aberdeen, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

You need to reserve but easy to do. Our ryokan phoned up in the morning and we were able to book any time that suited us. Its away from the main town area but we cycled the 2km from our ryokan with ease. It was a bit tricky to find in the temple district as there were many tempes and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Something different to do ... be taken on a guided tour of a Shoguns house that is filled with secret doors, passageways and hidden floors - all built to confound and beat the enemy. We turned up without a reservation but easily got on a tour which seemed to leave roughly every half hour. That tour is all in Japanese... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

It is a little harder to find, but this is the best hidden site in all of Kanazawa. It is only in Japanese and you usually need a reservation, but sometimes if you are nice, they will let you in and give you an English pamphlet to read. Worth the 800 yen.

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New Forest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Must do in Kanazawa - but you must book in advance and be prepared for a Japanese language only experience - but the English language brochure (that you hand back at the end of your visit) does explain the amazing defensive measures built into the design of the building. No photography there and the gift shop is limited - does... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

If you have kids triple check what age they have to be to get in. We have an official brochure from the Kanazawa Tourist assn stating the ages allowed, it was booked by our hotel who told them our kids ages but when we arrived they said no to our youngest. Needless to say what a waste of time and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Ninja Dera is an awesome temple and my favorite attraction in Kanazawa. It costs 700 yen and has lots of awesome hidden secrets (that I won't spoil for you). The tour is held in Japanese but they will give you an English folder so you will always know exactly what's going on. To be honest you don't need it you... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

You get handed a folder with English explainations and although at the start we seemed to be missing a lot compared to how much was being said, the pace picked up! It's not really anything to do with Ninja's but the secret passage ways and security tricks got it it's name. You do have to book. We got our hotel... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

This place has nothing to do with Ninja so just forget that nickname! It's just an amazingly cleverly built maze of trapdoors, secret passages, hidden staircases, concealed rooms and other architectural oddities designed to keep the local lord safe from his enemies. We enjoyed it. The only access is by guided tour, in Japanese only (but there's a very good... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We had people tell us this was not worth the trip, having lived here previously I chose to go back and we were not disappointed. Yes the tour is only Japanese and yea they ask you do not translate it to English so you don't interrupt other people but they provide English booklets to read along with. And the context... More

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