This morning we went to visit the ninja temple in Kanazawa also known as Ninjyadera. Despite it’s name it actually has nothing to do with ninjas. The reason why it is known as the ninja temple is because even though there are only 3 floors there are seven layers. The entire place is a maze of stairs, secret passage ways, trap doors and hidden alcoves. A total of 23 rooms and 29 stairways contributed in making this place architecturally beautiful even though it lacks in other aspects. The various secrets it hides, the various access points to views never seen anywhere else. It is a little how I imagined my own house that I wish to build to be.

The entrance to Ninjyadera Temple also known as Myoruji.
The entrance to Ninjyadera Temple also known as Myoruji.

Inside the temple we were taken on a guided tour in Japanese (no English available except for a booklet). Photos are also forbidden inside.

Can you guess where the trick door is in Ninjyadera?
Can you guess where the trick door is in Ninjyadera?

Once we were out of the temple and walking around locally I also found investigated this wall a bit more closely. We see the formation for the castle bases and some residences and in general they tend to be very beautiful.

These walls are seen everywhere from castles to everyday houses.
These walls are seen everywhere from castles to everyday houses.

After a brief respite from the cold and rain we headed towards the Kutani Pottery Kiln. A place whose owner is currently the 5th generation of the family to be looking after the place. They had many beautiful samples that took months to make and showed the process of making these beautiful pieces.

Pottery-at-Kanazawa
Kutani Pottery Kosen Kiln

From here we took a taxi from the nearby train station to the castle entrance. To try and keep warm we ate some yummy hot cooked beef from this beef seller.

Hot beef seller, the beef was yummy.
Hot beef seller, the beef was yummy.

Whilst munching away we came across a wedding procession with the bride in her silver white uchikake kimono.

We were lucky to encounter a traditional Japanese Wedding enroute to the Cherry Blossoms by Kanazawa Castle
We were lucky to encounter a traditional Japanese Wedding enroute to the Cherry Blossoms by Kanazawa Castle

After a quick rock paper scissors match we took Jose’s route to Kanazawa castle. The wind blew really hard and despite the mountain fleece I was quickly very cold.

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms surrounded Kanazawa Castle
Beautiful Cherry Blossoms surrounded Kanazawa Castle

Luckily for me the sun came out and warmed me up a little. Enough to take this photo at least. The cherry blossoms really are beautiful and there are so many of them!

Where I bought my beautiful hand painted teacup.
Where I bought my beautiful hand painted teacup.

We wandered in and out some of the shops in this area looking at the various pieces of pottery. I got myself a small tea cup though I saw a really cool tea pot. Sadly I can’t bring back too much stuff with me!

Geisha-District-in-Kanazawa
The District where the Geisha would live and perform

From the castle we walked to the Geisha district to visit an Okiya where the geisha used to live and perform. It functions as a small museum now and sadly no photos are allowed inside except for mobiles (which I don’t understand). I’ll post the mobile phone photos later when I get back to the UK.