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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 67 Attractions in Kanazawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We found out about this temple through trip advisor - looking for things to do for the day in Kanazawa. It was a great place to visit - hidden rooms, secret staircases, and booby traps were all demonstrated by the tour guide. Downside is no photos permitted and the tour is in Japanese. A printed guide is distributed to non... More

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Takasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This temple has nothing to do with Ninjas, but is still well worth a visit. While being deceptively tiny on the outside, it's full of hidden rooms, stairways, and deathtraps. The tour is very informative, but unfortunately is conducted entirely in Japanese. However, visitors are provided with English leaflets which provide a pretty close translation of what the tour guide... More

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Hasselt, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Despite the name the Ninja Temple didn't house and ninja. It is filled with secret passages and traps though. It's well worth a visit but there are two difficulties. The first one is that you have to reserve beforehand by phone (best let the staff in your hostel make the call) and secondly, the guided tour is Japanese only. You... More

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Dublin, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The place is interesting. However, it does not have anything about ninjas! It is is actually a temple with hidden stairs, levels and other cool/interesting features. It cost approximately US$8, and they recommend you to make reservations (and it is a good thing to do as lots of people visit the place). The tour including the wait is approximately 1... More

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Paris, France
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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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London
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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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Melbourne
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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