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We open on Sundays as well from end of March to mid of April, (We usually close on Sundays.) Kembu, literally means 'sword dance' is one of Japanese traditional performing arts that shows the spirits and the culture of the Samurai. 1-hour Samurai...more
All reviews hour lesson great fun a lot of fun great performance japanese culture hour class take pictures unique experience highlight of our trip costumes sword demonstration katana instructor performers session photos
This is one of the most underrated things to do in Kyoto. We got off to a quick start with a session on handling swords. Then we learned samurai moves, some difficult and awkward but such fun. Then we go change into full samurai outfits...More
We were looking for a cultural experience around the samurai's and too be honest were not sure what was available. We were probably hoping for more of a history lesson and examples of the craft and maybe even some "fighting" enactments etc.
What we got...More
My 17 year old daughter and her 11 year old cousin had fun in this class. It was a nice break for them after all the shrines and temples we had been touring. They were the only children in the class - the other 8...More
We had so much fun dressing up in beautifull costumes, handling the katana and learning to perform a short Japanes theater play. Actually when we stepped in, we saw the end of the performance given by the previous group. It looked very professional and we...More
Fun way to get a taste of the true Samurai culture. It was a great learning experience and we all got to wear full on Samurai gear! Great pic opportunity and great teacher. A truly wonderful experience for everyone.
Doors opened at 5pm, I had to remove my shoes at the reception area and then brought into the theatre, demonstration started at 5.15pm. Photos are not allowed during the demonstration.
I always thought of Samurai as martial artists / imperial guards of sorts only....More
We went before the busy season so it was just my husband and I taking the Samurai class. The teacher was great and we had a really fun time. We did the 1 1/2 hour class, and enjoyed it but it could be the hour...More
My wife suggested we see this after finding a review on-line. I was a little hesitant... down a narrow set of stairs in a small basement...!! But I'm so glad we went. It was a truly entertaining show and all our hosts were outstanding. We...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
They do not use real swords. They only show you how to do some of the different moves. They are very friendly and helpful. There's plenty of space to sit and watch if you don't want to take part. Enjoy!
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I think the 8-year old kid would enjoy the show and sword lesson. I am not sure for the 6- or 3-year old kids. It is nice to have pictures with the performers at the end of the show - just a memory for the trip. The room... More
I think the 8-year old kid would enjoy the show and sword lesson. I am not sure for the 6- or 3-year old kids. It is nice to have pictures with the performers at the end of the show - just a memory for the trip. The room is dark and cool during the show. If you worry being cold, just bring an extra layer. If they were my kids, I would take them to see the show (just my personal thought).