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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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We did the show and full lesson on our first night in Kyoto. The show was very interesting and informative, and gave us a true appreciation for the culture. We had loads of fun... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We did the show and full lesson on our first night in Kyoto. The show was very interesting and informative, and gave us a true appreciation for the culture. We had loads of fun dressing up and learning the Samurai moves during the lesson. Our instructor was funny, friendly and patient when explaining or demonstrating the moves. They took lots... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Did the show with the family (2 children, aged 11 and 14) 10 July. Fun, interesting and educational. These guys are excellent actors and the seriousness of the samurai 'hair-kari' made the atmosphere quite intense!! Then it was time to get dressed up and have a go. Pulling the sword out the right way is the first challenge, but you... More 

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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I took 2 teenage girls to the lesson. We did not book the package that includes the outfits and they were okay with that as they were not treated as if they had purchased an inferior package. We were treated well and they completely enjoyed it. And watching it was fun. Good facilities and great staff.

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Moraga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A lot of options at this place but we took the Demonstration and light lesson which lasted about 2 hours in total. The demo was fantastic - learning about Samurai history and culture through performances of their plays and poems. Then you get a lesson where you realize how difficult it is to even draft the sword well! Then you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Loved every second of the class. Learning how to work a katana KillBill style. It's great! Plus, we got the performance of the real thing. Recommended for anyone visiting Kyoto

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Demonstration and class were great, it was the highlight of our Kyoto trip. My boys ( 7 & 10 ) are continually talking about the class. The staff was very accommodating and spoke English very well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Some students and family members from our martial arts study group came to experience Samuari Kembu Theater in Kyoto. It was a nicely done and enjoyable performance for all and informative. The lesson in costume, was a lot of fun and something for everyone to participate in with some memorable photographs to show as well. A highlight for our Japan... More 

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Zushi, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We did the show and full lesson. My kids were entertained and I have to say my favorite part was dressing up and swinging the sword around. The two hour lesson was a bit long and we ended up leaving early but not because of anything wrong. We were just tired and hungry. The staff was great although it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The performances were fascinating- a series of 2-3 minute shows in which sword fighting and fan motions told a story. The lesson gave us a taste of clothing and sword techniques -- fun for adults and kids both.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My partner and I did a 1 hour samurai lesson and had the best time! They provided us with special socks and scarves that you get to keep. You learn a lot during this lesson and is heaps of fun! We also got to choose a samurai outfit for the photo shoot session. The staff were lovely and have excellent... More 

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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
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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.