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Samurai School and Show in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day provided by Samurai Kenbu Theater

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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview
Practice the basic skills of the samurai during an introductory session, or upgrade to learn more choreographed movements using a sword and folding fan. This opportunity in Kyoto is for anyone with an interest in feudal Japan and its warrior class. Finish with a photo shoot in traditional costume and receive a certificate of completion.
Highlights
  • Learn traditional etiquette at a samurai school in Kyoto
  • Master instructor teaches the basics with a samurai sword
  • Optional upgrade for longer session with stylized movements
  • Photo shoot and certificate of completion are included
Important Information
Departure Point
Samurai Kembu Theater, Japan, 〒605-0005 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Sanchōme, 35−7 GOZANビル 三条花見小路東入ル
Duration
2h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • English-speaking local guide/instructor
  • Photo shoot
  • Tenugui towel (Japanese traditional towel)
  • Lesson completion certificate
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Please wear clothes suited for exercise and moving around
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The lesson part is currently about 90 minutes in this program
  • Includes about 15 minutes of break time
  • Finally, learn by watching the sword dance demonstration show
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ricardo12uk wrote a review Mar 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
Highly recommend this! My teacher was great and If you’re thinking about it then there’s nothing to think about! Just do it! :)
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Simone wrote a review Nov 2019
Okinawa City, Japan42 contributions2 helpful votes
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This experience was really cool. We arrived about 10 minutes late and had to do the first part in our jeans and toe socks, but that was completely our own fault. The instructor was funny but also stressed the importance of certain aspects of what we were learning. We had the
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Date of experience: November 2019
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kenty wrote a review Oct 2019
Boston, United Kingdom609 contributions242 helpful votes
Loved our experience here, very well done and excellent time. Dressed up in all the gear and used real swords. Teacher very good English and excellent teacher.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jean W wrote a review Oct 2019
New York City, New York5 contributions
A fun and interactive way to get a glimpse into the samurai way of life. Very entertaining, and the staff are great.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Peelie57 wrote a review Oct 2019
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This was really fun and interesting to do. The staff are friendly and put you completely at ease and the instructor is fun
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decameron911
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Live life deeper
The location is great, it's super easy to find, and the owner and staff were all absolutely amazing! I am very gra
jamiehR6292SP
jamiehR6292SP
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Beautiful performance
The show was beautifully performed. We really loved the representation of Samurai time period and felt learned more
HaruKenchiru
HaruKenchiru
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Exciting and interesting must do activity in Kyoto
It was a fun and exciting show to attend. When I was there for the show, unfortunately a group reservation cancelle
SteveKarma77
SteveKarma77
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A Real Highlight On My Visit to Japan
It was educational, and practical. Minutes away from a subway station and lasted 90 minutes. There was a short tu
Linda G
Linda G
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Entertaining
My partner and I, attended on November 12th. We arrived 5 minutes late due to trouble at the hotel we were checking
Beenster
Beenster
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Awesome
One of the highlights of our visit to Kyoto, learned more history than at the Nijo castle then had a chance to do s
VeronikaVerushkina
VeronikaVerushkina
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Excellent
It was a wonderful experience we dress as a samurais which I think was stupid at the beginning but in the end I enj
GaryW584
GaryW584
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A great introduction to Japanese culture
This show is performed by local Kembu proponents. It balances the poetic and ritualised sword practice of the samur
Soupsterlove
Soupsterlove
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Okay if you know what to expect.
I’m sure all those in the demonstration have had years of practice, but a demonstrations of select styles was a lit
MorganLD_1
MorganLD_1
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Pretty entertaining
This show was very informative and interesting to see. Definitely worth it, if you have some extra time.
Jim S
Jim S
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Simply Beautiful
An intimate theater experience, where the audience can truly enjoy Japanese storytelling, dance and music. The perf
Trip441647
Trip441647
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Great Show
Very informative and entertaining show. Our 14 year old son loved it. The theater is centrally located close to dow
LMarieM17
LMarieM17
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Cool cultural experience
My 18 year old daughter really enjoyed this. The performers acted out several “plays” educational in nature. At the
RJSAmie
RJSAmie
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Swishing of swords and raised floor makes an atmospheric show
Went to a Samurai performance show at 17:15hrs, booked in advance from UK and glad we did as these shows are very p
joelpagett
joelpagett
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Fantastic and informative
From the moment the show started, you can tell there was such passion from the performers. I've never seen anything
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  • Duration: 2h 15m
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