Mission 7--Bamboo Forest
Ayame, another member of the Azuma clan, is imprisoned for attacking Lord Gohda. She was arrested by Gohda's guards while she was running into the bamboo forest. She explains to you that she is being framed and that the imposter had fled into the bamboo forest. The imprisoned ninja would rather face the penalties of death than to have a fellow ninja break her out of prison. Go to the bamboo forest and find Ayame's imposter. But use caution. The forest is infested with ninja demons and Shikigami spirits.
Find Ayame's Imposter!
Objectives: Avoid Shikigami spirits at all costs. Use the hot water spring to your advantage. Be careful of werewolves.
There's a ninja demon across the path from your start position. Use the fence to the right as cover. Wait until he approaches, then sneak up and perform a stealth kill. Be wary of a second demon on a nearby ledge. Don't let him see you while you eliminate the first. Wait until the second turns around. With his back turned, climb onto the ledge and eliminate him.
Continue across the snow-covered path until the next clearing. There's a Shikigami spirit to your left and a demon ninja patrolling below. Wait until the spirit hovers away from you, then hop down and eliminate the ninja (make sure its back is turned for a stealth kill). It's best to avoid the spirits if possible. They're tough to kill and have a variety of punishing attacks that can strike at close and medium range.
Another demon ninja hides behind a fence to the left. Maneuver over carefully and crouch near the ledge underneath the fence. When the demon moves away, hop up and perform a stealth kill. Use the ledges here to hop over the fence on the far left of this alcove; you'll find a health power-up resting in a hidden corner. Exit the corner by using your grappling hook to traverse the fence.
Turn left at the turn and hop up onto the ledge. You'll spot the exit path up here. Take this tunnel until you reach the next exterior area. You can use the hot spring here to replenish health or, if you're healthy, just turn left and crouch. Maneuver through the tight tunnel and into the next area.