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Myoryuji looks like a normal temple from the outside. Yet it is also called as "Ninja temple." In fact, there are many deceptive devices inside just like a ninja house! That's why people call it "Ninja-dera." The building looks like a two-storied building, but it actually has four floors. On top of that, the floors are further divided into seven layers. There are a total of 23 rooms and 29 stairs. There is also a tower on the roof of the main hall that offers a view. Inside, there are many traps such as pitfalls, secret passages, and hidden stairs. Therefore, all visits need to be reserved in advance and a guide will offer guidance. It would be so exciting to see a real ninja house.
- 1-2-12 Nomachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- Take the Hokutetsu bus from No. 8, 9, 10 gates at the bus terminal at Kanazawa Station on JR. Or, a 20-min bus ride on the left circular loop of Kanazawa Loop Bus from No. 7 gate. Get off at Hirokoji stop and walk for 3 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: January 1
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 min
- Admission fee
- Adults (13 years or older) 1000 yen, Children 700 yen
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Surrounded by traps in Ninja-dera
As you enter inside, you will be surprised by how complex the structure of the building is. The place is filled with many clever traps everywhere. It is a true ninja house. You won't believe that this building was actually build in 1643. Seeing all the traps are very exciting. You might even feel lost inside the building!
Surprisingly many traps
Under the main entrance of the main hall, there is an offering box on the floor, which is also a pitfall. In the well, there is another hole on the side for escaping. It is said to be the way that leads to the Kanazawa Castle. On the floor, there is a hidden staircase, which has an auto-lock system. On top of that, there is another trap staircase underneath!
Attack enemies at "Lighting stairs"
This staircase is partly made with shoji paper. Therefore, if you wait behind the stairs, you know when enemies step on the stairs by their shadows. Shoji paper is a type of Japanese paper used on the windows in Japanese houses. Light passes through it, so you can see the shadows behind it. Because it is made of paper, you can also directly attack the enemies with spears.
Maeda Toshitsune was the commander of samurai, who came up with the idea of building Myoryoji, in order to protect Kanazawa Castle when attacked by enemies. Therefore, there are many traps to deceive enemies inside this building. That's why it feels like a ninja house.