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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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A great way to experience the Samurai way of life and a well deserved break from the constant stream of temples that is Kyoto. Its entertaining, educational and a novel way to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A great way to experience the Samurai way of life and a well deserved break from the constant stream of temples that is Kyoto. Its entertaining, educational and a novel way to spend the evening. Tip: It may seem a little expensive, but get the full package (with sword training and costumes) It'll be worth every penny!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very few things deserve a five star rating, but this place was incredible. Its a genuine samurai experience but you'll laugh a lot due to the nature of the lesson. Don't question yourself on this one, just do it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

He staff were incredibly fun and at times I felt more than a little embarrassed but I must admit this was definitely one of my highlights of my trio to japan and probably what I'll remember most about kyoto. The theatre is rather difficult to find . For any traveller trying to find it it's next to the sakura hotel... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Participated in the 3 hour performance/class package and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Definitely a highlight of my trip to Japan. The instructors/performers were great in both explaining the history/culture of the samurai as well as teaching the basic sword play involved in the Samurai Kembu performance. Will definitely visit again when in Japan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I wasn't to sure about this when looking for things to do in Kyoto. Afterwards, wow! The performance was wonderful. The staff was friendly and helpful. Most were also performers, and did an amazing job. At the end, you get a little hands on with the swords, and they will take pictures for you! I would definitely go back and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I would highly recommend the full lesson with costumes and show combination. While the show is entertaining and informative, it would be a shame to leave your experience at just that. We thoroughly enjoyed our full lesson with Hyouka, who was very friendly and most importantly, patient! He didn't just teach us technique but also explained the reasoning and ettiquette... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were a group of 6; 4 adults and 2 children (6yo). We were warmly welcomed on arrival and explained the details of the session. We selected the light lesson with costume for our visit. We first started with a brief video on the history of the samurai followed by our lesson. 1/2 way through the lesson we changed into... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My husband, 11 year old son, and I had a wonderful time. We thoroughly enjoyed our private lesson, and were impressed by the show afterwards (since we knew how much work went into their flawless performances). Highly recommend this memorable activity for families!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I came across Samurai Kembu during my third trip to Kyoto. I had seen most of the main temples and was looking for something else. I learned of this great place during a TA search. I was skeptical this would be any good. As a martial artist, I value learning about the history and culture of the sport. SKT gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

With an hour or so to kill in Kyoto we booked into the Samurai-Kembu Theater. 4 of us, 2 adults and two kids (5 and 8) had the small theater area to ourselves, but the show put on by the staff was energetic, professional and fun - it was beautiful, funny, sad and informative in all the right places. I'm... More 

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