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Samurai Kembu Theater

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Samurai Performance in Kyoto
From $27.39*
Samurai Performance in Kyoto
From $27.39*
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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
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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
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+81 75-751-2033
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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

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Janet T
Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Grant L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Lucy O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Li3z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank superbubble08
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent experience, the instructor was great, he managed to teach us a samurai dance within an hour and a half, and he filmed it for us so that we could have a souvenir. Would definitely recommend!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Travelreview222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dyhx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It would’ve been better had we dressed up and train in the traditional outfit rather than just dress up after for pictures. I had higher expectations of this. But it was a different experience.

2  Thank oxyjen318
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Denise S
Reviewed March 12, 2019

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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank PinkFlamingoHappines
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April 9, 2019|
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Response from Andi D | Reviewed this property |
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!
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 131amrs | 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.