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Samurai Kembu Theater

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Address: 35-7 Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji), Higashiyama-ku | B1F Neo Art Bldg., Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-751-2033
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Description: Come and feel the traditions of the Samurai!!'Samurai Kembu' is one of...
Come and feel the traditions of the Samurai!!'Samurai Kembu' is one of Japanese traditional performing arts. 1-hour Samurai Show and other lesson programs are available.
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Amazing, educational, and fun!!!

Best thing we did while in Kyoto. The presentations were both educational and entertaining. We also did the one hour lesson afterwards and it was excellent! Worth paying a little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Best thing we did while in Kyoto. The presentations were both educational and entertaining. We also did the one hour lesson afterwards and it was excellent! Worth paying a little extra to put on the traditional outfits as well. All the folks at the place were incredibly respectful and accommodating (one of the members of our party was born with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was a great show and the team is so wonderful-- a real highlight of our trip. We stumbled onto it-- having just seen a sign out front of a nondescript building we had no idea whether it would be worth it. We signed up for the one hour "demo" show and then our teen son took the "light" one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

What a great experience. Lovely to see a demonstration of Samurai performance, learn about the history and get all dressed up (we looked epic!!) and the lesson was such good fun! Very supportive of those who struggled with the moves. Would definitely recommend to others with an interest in this sort of area. Made me desperate to go home, watch... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Overall experience was good. A little confusion over direction of the class. They found it difficult to adapt for a left handed person and insisted right hand was used. This made it difficult.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We booked a 1hr lesson for our 11yr old son and watched a demonstration beforehand. Our son loved his lesson, the highlight of his holiday. He had one-to-one tuition and while he was rather reluctant to be taught on his own at first, within the first few minutes he really started enjoying it because he had lots of encouragement and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I really enjoyed watching the show at Samurai Kembu Theater. We did not doing the workshop but two of our friends did and really loved it (and took some awesome photos). The workshop wasn't too expensive and was easy to find in Kyoto. It was really nice to do something other than temples and museums but that was still informative.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had so much fun, learning how to use the katana and fan. The teacher was great and the performance was so interesting. It was great to have all the photo ops and fun to be with a family group taking the lesson.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

i highly recommend this for families! These performers are extremely talented, knowledgeable, and professional. Throughout our lesson with costume, we had fun! And then the following show just topped it all off with performing AND educating us in a belief system that is foundational to Japanese society. Money well spent; I couldn't be happier with the experience. This is the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Our family of 4, my husband and 2 daughters (16 & 11) had a great time! It was an informative and fun 1 hour experience. We started with a brief video about samurai and then we learned several moves with the sword and then got dressed in samurai attire. This is a very unique and fun experience. The staff was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I watched the show and than I train... And after hour I was able to show sequence of moves like Samurai.

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.