Kyoto Samurai Experience provided by Kyoto Samurai Experience

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Try your hand at being a samurai for the day during an experience that’s designed with families and first-time visitors in mind. You’ll gain access to a usually off-limits samurai house and handle a real katana sword. Plus, a short duration makes this ideal for time-pressed travelers.
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    Kyoto Samurai Experience
    Stop: 2 hours
    This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of Bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle. 
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  • Learn the way of the warrior during a hands-on cultural experience in Kyoto
  • An obvious choice for travelers with an interest in the age-old Japanese tradition
  • Hold an ancient sword that's usually off limits
  • Choose a morning or afternoon start time to suit your schedule
Important Information
Departure Point
Shijō-Ōmiya Station, Shijoomiyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8389, Japan 111 Inabachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8803, Japan
90–120 minutes
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional instructor
  • Use of a real Katana (Japanese Samurai sword)
  • Zen experience
  • Pictures of during the activity
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Additional Info
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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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peter s wrote a review Apr 2020
Gothenburg, Sweden5 contributions1 helpful vote
Great experience in every way. Straff was punctual and very nice and helpful. Even though i was alone (Corona times) they arranged everything and were invested and kind. English guide was great so no languages barriers as well as a photographer, so you didn't have to focus on
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Joey P wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
It was an amazing experience. From demonstrations, learning the history of the samurai + kyoto to actually wielding a sword. It was great experience! Thank you!
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Date of experience: March 2020
yoanndurval wrote a review Mar 2020
Strasbourg, France2 contributions
We really enjoyed our experience. We learned a lot, we had fun and a peaceful moment. Explanations and organisation was simple and clear. Everyone was really kind and nice. We really recommend people do to this experience. Thank you again for your flexibility (with the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Katharina B wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions
The experience was really cool. It is a located in a real ancient samurei home, you get to wear samurei clothes and get a good idea of the samurei. The coolest part is to lead a katana yourself and the zen meditation afterwards. Everyone is super friendly and the explanations
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Date of experience: March 2020
Marco F wrote a review Mar 2020
Harlow, United Kingdom10 contributions
Exciting and informative. This is a unique opportunity to use a katana for real. I also loved the shakuhachi performance!
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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By: Kyoto Samurai Experience
Worth checking out when you’re in Kyoto! Includes a sound bath meditation
This was a really cool experience! The staff was extremely attentive and accommodating. I mixed up my dates when bo
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Really good experience fun for the family
Staff super friendly and they let you cut something with and authentic 150 year old katana. What else can I say it
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Robbyn S
Perfect Experience
This was an amazing experience! Very organized, informative, and interesting! The fact it takes place in a samurai'
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Amazing experience
Excellent experience. Fun and informative. My teenage sons loved it. The guides were delightful. You can take lots
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Great Cultural Experience
Friendly, fun, interesting culture, great moments captured in pictures, unique setting in original Samurai home.
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Jeffrey L
Met and Exceeded Expectations
A “must do” experience for anyone who has appreciation of, or is interested in, samurai and budo culture. The class
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Exceeded expectations
Great experience professionally run by great people in great surroundings. Excellent photos produced afterwards for
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Fantastic experience!
They were able to go beyond our expectations with live demonstrations, flute demonstrations and meditation. Actual
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The real deal
We were given a demonstration of swordsmanship before having a chance to cut tatami mats in half with a real Japane
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Scott Y
Very interesting!
Very passionate staff with impressive demonstrations of sword skills before letting customers try their hand at cut
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Samurai training with the history
Having an English speaking translator, Elle made all the difference! The experience was truly amazing, with a brief
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Quintessential Japan
What a privilege to have been inside the house of a real samurai with deep connections to the history of Kyoto. A v
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Excellent experience
If you visit Kyoto you must try to do this. The experience takes place in a genuine samurai mansion and is hosted b
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So much fun!
This was so much fun! I don’t want to say too much and ruin the experience for others. But suffice it to say that
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Amazing experience! We loved it! :)
Thank you to all the team, we had a wonderful experience with you, we recommend this activity above anything else i
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Key Details
  • Duration: 90–120 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: language_english_ffffe66c, language_japanese_ffffe66c
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