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Samurai Kembu Theater

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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 Show and other lesson programs are available. All programs are held in English. Come and feel...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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35-7 Sanchome, Higashiyama-ku | GOZAN Hotel B1F, Sakyo, Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
City Center
+81 75-751-2033
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All reviews hour lesson great fun great performance a lot of fun training session japanese culture fun experience whole family hour class learned how take pictures dressed in traditional learn how an amazing experience two hours highlight of our trip costumes
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My son and husband had a terrific time with their 2 hour lesson. I personally loved their Samurai outfits. It was really worthwhile

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jyysro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Honestly. I just have nothing negative to say. We got a great 1 hour show. The show was well paced and everything was explained. Learning about the samurai and a bit about ninja's was amazing, and the small plays and performances were super entertaining. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nivshay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there with 3 friends and had an amazing experience. The guide Ryu was really nice, funny, well experienced and spoke very good English. It was one of the best experiences we had in Japan so far. Best way to learn and experience true...More

Thank 144linda
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fabulous experience! We were the only 2 in the class, and our instructor was very patient and funny, we certainly laughed a lot. Learning the history and stories behind the Samurai was interesting If you aren't used to physical activity for a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank snickers1988
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The performance is amazing, with explanations of the signification of each segment in English. What a great place, I'm really happy I went there! Maybe next time I'll try the training :)!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank akamitsune
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I discovered this by accident one week prior to my solo trip to Japan and am so glad I signed up - what a great experience! The staff were so friendly and kind, and I loved learning more about Japanese history and culture. It was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with two teenage girls and really enjoyed the experience. It was informative and professional and well worth the visit whilst in Kyoto. Recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nolemonjustice
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We signed up for the 2-hour full class -- boy it was a workout! The location is fairly easy to find, just a couple of minutes from the subway station. We learned about handling the sword, the traditions and metaphor behind each move, and a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a high quality performance on a small indoor stage. The audience was very close to the action. The performers displayed great ability and passion, and the narration and background music was very good. The location is downstairs from a main street, only a...More

2  Thank K2139QRmarkh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time learning some Samurai moves. Samurai masters were very informative and entertaining.

Date of experience: December 2018
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February 5, 2018|
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Response from Travelreviewer_10 | Reviewed this property |
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
September 19, 2017|
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Response from Amr S | Reviewed this property |
You have to book online a day or two before arrival as it is limited seating and most of the time it is full. It's an amazing experience, i totally recommend it.
April 4, 2017|
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Response from Wayne M | Reviewed this property |
Perfect. They'll love it.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
One Day Kyoto Madness (17 Replies)
Hi All I am in Japan for a month from August to September but only have 1 day planned in Kyoto, below is a list of things I want to do. I have the JR pass and I expect to get an all day metro pass if necessary. Could you help me out with the best order to do these in and how to get there please? I am not sure when the last train back to Nagoya is but I intend to get the last one back (and get there early). Many Thanks Kev Kinkaku-Ji Fushimi Inari Shrine Ryoanji Temple (JR Bus)...More
July 01, 2015|
Response fromYobeekool|
For JR Pass users, 06:35 Hikari 491 is the first train from Nagoya to Kyoto. 22:18 Kodama 698 is the last train from Kyoto to Nagoya. Journey time is about 40 minutes. If for some sad reason you'd have only a day in Kyoto, I'd suggest the following itinerary: 06:35 Depart from Nagoya (Kyoto arrival at 07:19). Transfer to JR Nara Line to Inari Station. 08:00-09:00 See Fushimi Inari. Climb up to Yotsutsuji intersection and go down the Kyoto Hiking Trail towards Tofukuji. 09:30-14:30 From...More
Bruce J
Sydney, Australia
Kyoto Tower to Samurai Kembu Theater at 4:30pm (6 Replies)
We need to get from Kyoto Tower [geisha show] (leaving at 4:30pm) to Samurai Kembu Theater (by 5:00pm) [samurai experience] on Saturday 21 April. My question is are there likely to be a lot of taxis outside Kyoto Tower at 4:30pm? Will this be the best way of arriving there on time? Is the traffic a problem? we cannot arrive late to Samurai Kembu Theater and do not wish to leave early from Kyoto Tower if possible.
February 24, 2018|
Response fromJo878121|
Kyoto Tower is directly opposite the huge Taxi stand at JR Station: you would just need a minute to get across the road. You'll be able to see how many taxis are there when you exit the tower.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Gion Corner vs Samurai Kembu Theater (1 Replies)
My family (2 teenagers-boy and girl) will be in Kyoto for most of 2 days (arrive from Tokyo on Monday as early as possible, all day Tuesday, then heading for Koyasan). I would like to go to some sort of cultural show and I'm trying to choose between possibly standing in line for an hour for Gion Corner or guaranteed seats for the samurai sword show. I've read very mixed reviews for Gion Corner. Opinions?
February 11, 2016|
Response fromsinginggigi|
Gion Corner offers a variety of ikebana, tea ceremony, puppet show, Maiko dance, koto playing etc. Samurai Kembu offers samurai related sword fight show. It is very hard to compare when they are not offering a similar product. It is entirely up to you and your travel partners what you would like to see. True you may need to line up for Gion Corner but if you go early, the wait should not be bad. Best of luck.