Kyoto's famed Ninja House is open to visitors after several years of renovations.
The private home is known as Nijo Jinya that has been owned by the same family, the Ogawas, for several hundred years.
The 17,600 square foot house has 24 rooms. To protect the powerful guests who stayed in the inn, security measures were intense.
The building has the following security measures:
1) hiding places between cupboards
2) low ceilings to limit swordplay
3) design features that allowed the secret and constant monitoring of visitors
4) removable floor tile
5) sliding panels that could pivot thus allowing a guard to "disappear"
6) a trap door in a that could drop an attacker into a hidden pit filled with a row of poisoned spikes.
Visitors need a reservation and the tours are conducted in Japanese only.
Thus, an interpreter may be required (i.e., you must supply your own).
Tours start at 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm
Each tour lasts 50 minutes and is conducted in Japanese.
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It is a short ride or walk from Nijo Castle.
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