Tokyo Bon Asakusa
Tokyo Bon Asakusa
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Our company Takafuji Dance Company started from Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. We started to provide a few of these services because we have a vision to have this traditional culture being continued like Kabuki which has a history of 400 years, and also have it being experienced by others. We own a facility called 「Asakusa Ukonya」in Asakusa which is the platform for Japanese Cultural Experience produced by Japan Creative Dance Takafuji. Our theme is 「Dream Experience」, where we hope one gets to experience a dream of their lifetime at our place.
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Neighborhood: Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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Christophorus H
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Jan 2016 • Friends
Your journey to the path of the Samurai begins in Asakusa, Tokyo, where you will meet the Samurai teacher who will guide you in your training. Once you arrive at the training location, you will learn several moves commonly used in Samurai duels and you will also get a glimpse of the Samurai traditions. You will first be dressed in Samurai garments, before you will learn how to properly greet your sword. Next, you will practice common Samurai dueling techniques, which includes Batto (How to draw the sword from its sheath) and Chiburi (How to remove the "blood" of your defeated foe from your blade), just to name a few. You will then test the fruits of your labor in a video recorded choreographed duel with your peers, or, if you're confident enough, you may challenge the Samurai teacher himself. I recommend releasing your inner Samurai and go all out with the role-playing in the duels for the best experience. Finally, you get to keep souvenir photographs of you in any Samurai (or pretty Geisha) pose you like (the Santouryu style of Zoro from One Piece is my personal favourite). The staff are wonderful and you don't have to be a Kenjutsu master (I know I'm not) to have an enjoyable Samurai experience. Highly recommended and definitely worth the price. Thank you so much Yuki and Hiro!
Written January 25, 2016
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Lailasd
Saint-Tropez, France5 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We had such a great time during the photoshoot and the samurai class! The team is extremely nice and welcoming! We laughed a lot during the acting so it was a really original way to learn about the culture and have fun!
Don't forget to book before going and get the infos on how to get there as it might a bit complicated when your are not familiar with Japanese street system.
Written December 14, 2016
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JapanCustomTours
Japan8,199 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
We were looking for something a little different and found Samurai Experience on the internet on several different booking sites. The confusing part was the price changed depending on the site so I suspect some are adding a hefty margin on top.

We went direct to the guys actually running the experience, visiting their store above the shoe shop on the ground floor (enter through the shoe store).

Overall, really good. As the practice area is in a different building you effectively get a brief stroll through Asakusa while dressed as a Samurai, and the dojo/training room is spacious allowing some good sword play.

Would definitely recommend to people looking for something a little more active than looking at temples and shrines.
Written September 14, 2016
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parkerjordant
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Over all the experience was ok. Dressing up was fun and the costumes were beautiful and intricate. In addition, the people were very nice and friendly. Beyond that, it is quite awful. First of all, the price. Advertised everywhere is the 3,500 YEN price. We thought that was a fair enough price but in the fine print we neglected to see the PER PERSON cost. With three people, thats over 10,000 YES or $100 USD. For what you get that is highway robbery. We were not reminded of the price before we started or informed it would be per person but instead simply dressed immediately. Secondly, for that kinda money you would expect some sort of nice printed collage, nicely edited, and in some sort of book. This is normal practice at most tourist photography spots for much less money so this was disappointing. But it gets worse. We were told we would get the pictures in one to two days by email. Ok, no problem. It ended up being about five days but thats besides the point. Thirdly, the quality of pictures was HORRENDOUS. I downloaded the file and opened it expecting edited, retouched, selected photos from the probably 500 he took. But no, I received 500 photos that were completely unedited and 90% if them were blurry. I probably could have given a two year old a potato and ended up with the same quality of photos. The lighting is so yellow that people look discolored and if not that then the skin in completely washed out and white as snow. There was no professional lighting but instead just florescent lights pointing at you, which as a basic photography expert myself knows is just offensive. There also is no background other than a small golden colored piece of wood that simply reflects the light and adds to the yellowy appearance and the shots aren't cropped or well zoomed so you see all the crap and unorganized junk lying around the room. Bottom line, if you are going for the photos, they absolutely suck. If you enjoy blowing money everywhere for absolutely no return, then this is your place. Other than that, its a tourist trap with middle aged people trying to steal money from tourists and it is clear that these people have no photography experience at all and just enjoy stealing. Other than that it was great :) won't ever be back.
Written April 6, 2016
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akonaakona
Saitama, Japan4 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
This was an awesome and amazing experience for my son and me. My son is still 5years old. But instructors were all so kind and took very good care of me and my son. All activities( Samurai training and Shuriken experience) were so fun! Instructor’s explanation was very good, easy to understand. This is the very first experience for us, but we learned a lot in a short time!
My son keep on telling me that he would like to be SAMURAI again.100% recommended for both adult and children. We really enjoyed!
Written August 16, 2015
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Kim H
Copenhagen, Denmark6 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
If you wanna do something a bit on the loose line, compared to many other things in Japan this is the place to go! Learning old school samurai deeds and fighting. Great teachers and great fun!
The place can be a little difficult to finds, as it is located in the basement of the building. But it's there nonetheless! :)
Written August 12, 2015
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Kim! Thanks nice message!! I want to see again!! Have nice trip!! Regards Hiro
Written August 13, 2015
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ErangiW
California91 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We happened to walk past the location and decided to do it. They were able to take us in right away and were very helpful and kind hosts. I agree that the price is steep, about $120 dollars (for 2 adult and 2 kids) for dress up and just photos. We were given the photos on a CD and also emailed a zipfile upon our request but they were unable to print any for us. The kimonos were beautiful and good selection. Overall experience was great and they were friendly and very nice.
Written April 25, 2017
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Flick821
Auckland Central, New Zealand96 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Went with my 10 year old son. Staff were fantastic, explaining the training clearly and made for a very authentic experience.

Initially got all dressed up in samurai garb, then quick pose for some photos in their small studio before heading to training room (couple of minutes walk away through crowd which made us quite the attraction...but in a good way!)

Training room was a dojo style affair with bamboo floors and screen walls. Spent some time working through techniques and choreographed battle scene. All with photographs and video.

My son and I had a ball!
Written April 24, 2016
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James L
1 contribution
Jan 2016 • Friends
If you are looking for an opportunity to unleash your inner-samurai, or have always wanted to role play as one; then this is a must-do event in Tokyo.

Personal Synopsis:
A man in a Samurai outfit will greet you in front of the building with the world Venice on it. He will lead you to another building where you are able to try on some samurai clothes and model swords. After you are dressed for the event, the instructor will teach you several moves common in Samurai 1v1 dueling. Once you've practiced enough. You may choose your opponent (either your friend or the instructor) to perform some choreographed samurai fight scenes, which are recorded and can be viewed on youtube.

Next they will take you back to the Venice building to have some model shooting. This section of the event was suprisingly flexible; after 2 standard poses, you are then allowed to use literally use any props available in the building to create your own freestyle pose. Did you want to pose like Zoro from One piece and wield a Santouryu? Or maybe a respectable general with a fan in one hand and a sword on another? Or just go silly and wield double fans or umbrella. The chose is yours. Both the videos and photos will be available to you via email (url and download link respectively).

Overall, its a very enjoyable experience for those who wants to let loose and release your inner samurai. Highly recommended activity for all those in Tokyo!
Written January 23, 2016
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Mavis168
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
A spur of the moment decision to experience wearing a kimono led us to Asakusa,Tokyo and to the Samurai & Kimono photo shoot, Yumenoya. There was no waiting time,no booking required and Hiro was very polite. As our time at Asakusa was limited, this 20 mins experience fulfilled what I required. We did the kimono/samurai dress up with the family; we had the photo shoot and Hiro sent us the data the next day via email. So easy! Hiro also allowed us to take our own photos during the shoot. I recommend this experience if you are time poor, but want to try on the kimono experience to remember!!
Written January 4, 2016
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Thanks Mavis!! I hope to come again!!
Written January 5, 2016
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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