Kanazawa’s historic 'ninja temple' packed full of hidden rooms, pitfalls, and more

By Meg Murphy, RocketNews24

With its rich history, visitors to Japan have no lack of interesting sites to see, from imperial palaces to castles, to the seemingly endless shrines and temples all across the country. Each spot has its own particular attraction that draws tourists in for a visit, from the giant Kaminarimon lantern at Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple, to the literally thousands of torii shrine gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.

But here’s one temple you don’t want to forget to add to your itinerary: nicknamed the “Ninja Temple“, Myouritsu Temple is not just your ordinary run-of-the-mill Buddhist sanctuary. Full of secrets and surprises, adults and children alike are sure to enjoy what this special place has to offer.

Located off the beaten path in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, approximately a 2 1/2-hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo, Myouritsu Temple gets its nickname from its numerous invader-repelling features which include a watchtower, a secret hideout for warriors within the main temple, a number of hidden stairwells and pitfalls, and a dedicated room for committing seppuku, the gruesome, ritualistic act of self-disembowelment.

It’s hard to believe, but there were no actual ninjas ever sneaking around through this temple.

In total, there are 23 rooms and a mind-boggling 29 staircases throughout Myouritsu Temple. Due to its complex structure, guests are led through the grounds by a guide, so if you plan to visit you’ll need to make reservations ahead of time. Photography inside is strictly prohibited.

Temple Information Address: Ishikawa-ken Kanazawa-shi Nomachi 1-2-12 Visiting hours: 9:30am–4:30pm (4:00pm during the winter season) Entrance fee: Adults (junior high & older) 800 yen; Children 600 yen *Children not yet of school age may not enter the grounds

Source: grape

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This is definitely a unique and very cool place to see. It stands out among all the temples I've been to. The best part is how it looks so normal from the outside, only appearing to have 3 floors or so, but actually has something like nine, all staggered.

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It’s hard to believe, but there were no actual ninjas ever sneaking around through this temple.

Then its just a funhouse attraction. For the REAL DEAL you can find real ninja houses in Iga Ueno (Mie) and Koka (Shiga).

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