Kyoto Ninja Half day Walking Tour PRIVATE by Samurai & Ninja Museum

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Want to know the world of ninja who used to be active in Kyoto long ago? A friendly private guide full of knowledge of Kyoto will guide you.

This tour is arranged by Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum. Kyoto’s ninja districts and spots are listed below.




1, Nijo Castle

nijo castle kyoto

The ninja used to live in this castle. However, there was a risk of infiltration by other ninja spies. Special floors were constructed by Tokugawa Shogun. When people walk on the floors there is a squeaking noise. This was done to detect the enemy’s spy ninjas.



2, Nanzenji Temple


nanzenji kyoto

During the 16th century there was a famous ninja whose name was Ishikawa Goemon. His philosophy was just like Robin Hood: steal from the rich people and give everything to poor people. However he was caught by the Shogun Toyotomi. He was boiled alive in a giant pot. The incident took place in front of the Nanzenji Temple in 1594.



3, Enryakuji Temple in Mount Hiei


hieizan enryakuji kyoto

Mount Heiei is where the ninja tradition was born. In 1571, Oda Nobunaga burned the temple and hundreds of monks died during the raid. After the Enryakuji incidednt there was a big fight between the ninja and Oda Nobunaga in Iga.



4, Nijo Jinya


(not available) Many ninja also lived near Nijo castle. One of the famous ninja buildings was Nijo-jinya. This house was also used as an inn and a center where people traded rice. The house has an architecture that is convenient for the ninja. Sometimes there are tours in Japanese. For daily tours in English please visit the samura and ninja museum Kyoto.





ninja training for adults

Samurai and Ninja Museum Japan Kyoto


This is the only ninja place in Kyoto where you can everything about ninja and have a ninja training class. The history of Ninja goes back to the Shugendo tradition that was born more than 1000 years ago. The museum has explanations about Tokagureryu and the teaining techniques of the ninja. You can do all these inside the museum a) Ninja star throw b) ninja wall climbing c) ninja outfit d) ninja lesson. The museum also has a ninja gift shop that sells ninja tabi socks and ninja stars.


Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum

The Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto is one of the leading samurai museums in Japan, with a wide range of displays from all throughout Japan’s rich history. We are the only experience-based museum that specializes in providing in-depth and immersive activities that provide our visitors with new perspectives on Japanese history.
We have displays ranging from armors and weapons of the great samurai warriors and the mystical ninjas to everyday tools and artifacts from medieval and ancient Japan. Our souvenir gift shop features replica swords, tabi socks, and tabi shoes. 
We provide guided tours every day, lead by friendly staff who are fluent in English and Japanese. Join us as you explore the glorious history of the legendary samurais and the mysterious ninjas!

Contact Us

Address: 寺町詩の小路 2F, 292 Higashidaimonjicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8043, Japan