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Samurai School: Samurai for a Day

  • Samurai lesson in Kyoto
  • Discover the traditional performing art of Kembu, practiced by samurai for centuries
  • Learn from a master instructor how to bow, draw a samurai sword and strike with stylized movements
Samurai School: Samurai for a Day
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1hour30 Lesson (11:30am)Most Popular
1hour30 Lesson- Daytime samurai lesson; Includes samurai costume; Monday to Saturday - 11:30am (Door open 11:15am)
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1-hour Lesson (6:30pm)
1-hour samurai lesson; Includes samurai costume; Monday to Saturday - 6:30pm (Door open 6:15pm)
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1-hour samurai lesson; Includes samurai costume; Monday to Saturday - 3:30pm (Door open 3:15pm)
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Prepare for battle as you learn the skills of the samurai during this 1- or 2-hour class studying the basic techniques of these ancient Japanese warriors. Take the 1-hour session, providing an introduction to the basics of the samurai art, or choose the 2-hour course, practicing more complex movements using a sword and folding fan. When your class ends, enjoy a photo session with your samurai costume and receive a certificate of completion.  This samurai session also includes an English-speaking guide and instructor and a 'tenugui,' a traditional Japanese towel.
What to Expect
Study the arts of the samurai, the warrior class that ruled the battlefields of ancient Japan for centuries, during this 1- or 2-hour session in Kyoto. Practice the graceful, stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kembu, a samurai performing art that’s been perfected over many hundreds of years.

Start your samurai training by making your way to the Kembu Kyoto Dojo. Your class time will vary depending on the length and option you have selected. Meet your instructor and watch a short 3-minute film detailing the basic practices of the samurai, the warrior class that dominated feudal Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries.

Then suit up in your samurai uniform for the day, including a white belt, Japanese-style socks and, of course, your sword. Start your experience by learning the proper methods to bow, then begin your sword training with an introduction to drawing it and replacing it in its protective scabbard. As you attempt to master this tricky technique, you’ll also test out various methods of striking the sword.

Take a moment during your training to suit up in a traditional samurai costume for a short photo session before learning how to wield the sword against a potential opponent. For those that selected the 1-hour session, your experience ends here with a respectful bow to your instructor.  Grab your photos and a certificate of achievement before departing.

Optional Upgrade: 2-Hour LessonIf you booked a 2-hour lesson, continue to learn stylized movements of the samurai, including how to walk and how to use the folding fan if you wish. Complete your session with some challenging Kembu choreography, which you will perform with your sword on stage, accompanied by a poem and music.
Reviews (56)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great fun and informative

This had been booked for us on recommendation of our travel agent and to be honest, on the day, I had really thought I didn’t want to go and wouldn’t enjoy it. How wrong I was! It was great fun. The first 45 mins or...More

Thank PaulandJen_10
Reviewed October 23, 2018
Good for the whole family

We had a group of 10 from ages 7 through 70. We did the one hour which was just enough time to learn a few moves with the katanas and get dressed in our fancy samurai outfits for a few more moves and a bunch...More

1  Thank Tensixmom
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

The staff are really nice ! I loved the lesson! I was feeling like a real samurai... I deeply recommend.

Thank Vânilla F
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile
Samurai training

When we were in Kyoto we came here and did the samurai training and it was awesome. Very fun and instructor was very funny. We even got to dress up and do a photo shoot. Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting!

Thank annmariem667
Reviewed September 30, 2018
Great Experience

We had a lot of fun being a Samurai and learning how to use the sword (Katana), dressing as a Samurai, learning to walk and use the fan, and doing the performance at the end. I would say it was one of the highlights of...More

Thank mtripad507
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Response from Jody F | Reviewed this property |
Metal it’s heavy but not sharp. So I would say real.