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Samurai Kembu Theater

B1, Neo Art bldg., 35-7, Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji), Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0005, Japan
+81 75-751-2033
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Ranked #8 of 77 Activities in Kyoto
Type: Performances
Owner description: Come and feel the traditions of the Samurai!!'Samurai Kembu' is one of Japanese traditional...
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Owner description: 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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I took the three hrs whole experience and it is worthit. They will teach you what Kempo is all about, the moves and eventhough, 3hrs is not a lot of time, it will make you understand this outstanding culture much more. During this three hrs, they will show you how to enjoy a presentation of Kembu. Thank you guys

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited Kyoto early November and I were looking into a break activity from the many beautiful temples, palaces and shrines that Kyoto has to offer. For folks interested in history and culture this is certainly a wonderful experience. The show lasts for one hour and takes turns between actual performances and explanations on the performances as... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

Only had one night in Kyoto and just happened to look on Trip Advisor and saw this.....so pleased we did it....very very friendly people, but it is quite serious to start with...as it should be...I am going home to watch the Last Samurai AGAIN....LOVED IT!!!! As said before if you are going to talk or fidget...don't go as the girl... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We did the light lesson plus demonstration and thoroughly enjoyed it. The performances were very traditional and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the use of fans as much as the sword play. The lesson was so much fun. We were dressed in traditional samurai outfits and taken through some basic moves by our instructor. Worth every penny

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New Delhi
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Brilliant. Lots of tourists as well as school going students; who were there understanding the history of the place and making notes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

I feel that the Samurai tradition is quintessentially Japanese, and did not want to miss out on having a taste of this ancient art. For a very affordable price of 3,000 yen, we received a full hour of performances with varying back stories and props. There was an intensity and beauty to the performances that transported me to a different... More 

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Mulhouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

it was a great experience. masters and teachers was very kind. i m now a master of bushido ;-) if you like samourai and / or want to have an nice time in Kyoto, it's the place to be !

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We did this tour to learn more about the samurai and to do something different than just look at temples and shrines all day. We opted for the full package and it was well worth the money. The first hour they three samurai put on a good show, then the last hour they taught you a few basic moves with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Do not go unless you can be absolutely still and silent for an hour! The show viewing room is very small. Everyone in the audience as well as the performers will notice movement or noise. The woman who speaks a lot during the show is very hard to hear and understand, as she is very soft-spoken. This activity is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We went just for the demonstration which was about 3000 yen I think. We didn't do the lesson after but the demonstration included some playing with the swords and a photo shoot. Good value for money.

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