Myoryuji Temple (妙立寺, Myōryūji) is a small temple popular with tourists since becoming known as the “Ninja Temple”, a name that came about as a result of the temple’s many hidden doors and secret escape routes that were built so that the temple could also act as a secondary defence castle in times of emergency.
All visitors need to apply for an official tour conducted by staff members of Myoryuji Temple. Unfortunately, these tours are only in Japanese, but English guide books are available. Reservations can only be made by phone and (despite the website being in English, the staff only speak Japanese so it’s advisable to have a friend or hotel staff member call for you). Reservations can be made up to one month in advance and times for the tours are given below.