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Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Be warned, the nickname “Ninja Temple” is something coined by the marketing advisors to this temple to attract more business and make even more money! Don’t let your kids get too excited about Ninja! The real story is that the temple was the Shogun’s Temple, and is remote from the castle. Therefore, the Shogun had to be protected from his enemies, and the temple therefore has lots of interesting design features, which, for its time, would have been remarkable. The carpenters who built it were all killed once the Temple was complete, to preserve the secrets of it defenses! The tour is in Japanese, but there is an English translation booklet, which you carry around throughout to follow the guided tour. No bags, no cameras, and no shoes are allowed, and there are many steep steps, but it is an interesting visit, and a relatively modest entrance fee.

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Fun visit to a temple which is a bit ‘different’. The reservation system put me off at first. There are 2 phones so you can reserve (in English), on the premises.
The tour (in Japanese, you get an EN brochure) is fun and definitely different from the average temple visit, but I wouldn’t consider it a must-see.

Thank siel
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

The temple is a testament to very clever craftsmanship and definitely worth a visit. However you will need to make a reservation (by phone, in Japanese. We got the lady at the train station tourist info office to help us) and you cannot visit except as part of a scheduled tour. The tours are only in Japanese and they prohibit anyone from translating from Japanese for anyone else. They provide and English guidebook but this only has a couple of short sentences on each of the features, but the tour guide talks for 5-10 mins at each of the features so there's definitely a lot that isn't translated and you miss out on!
Not a place for the less mobile to visit- lots of steep, narrow staircases.

1  Thank 90cata
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We were here on our last day in Kanazawa. You are supposed to book your spot by phone before you come, but if you are lucky like us you can just come early in the morning and join the guided tour right away. The tour was held only in japanese, but if you are a foreigner they will lend you a booklet with photos and explanation about what the guide will tell during the tour. The tour runs for around 45 minutes, and it was done efficiently. If there were a lot of people they will divide you into a small groups and tour the temple in different order. There are lots of interesting feature in the building, and packed with lots of history too. Though it has no connection with the ninjas it still really is an exciting place to visit.

Thank astriditas
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Good opportunity to peek behind the scenes and get an insight into how they dealt with invaders. Guided tour only but the tourist office in the Kanazawa Station will help make reservations for you. English speakers will get a folder with the English explanation so you can follow what is being explained.

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