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Samurai Juku

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Awesome experience!

This is a serious lesson in samurai history and use of the samurai sword (katana). The weapons they... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2019
Fair Haven, New Jersey
One of the highlights of our trip!

My brother and I always wanted to swing a samurai sword - and we both agreed that we were so lucky... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2019
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Feel the spirit of the samurai as you cut a roll of tatami with a real samurai sword. First, we will dress you in a traditional kimono and hakama. Then we will give you a lesson in the history of swords in Japan, and how they influenced samurai...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
738-1 Danjocho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8224, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
+81 80-3133-5576
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Reviewed July 10, 2019

This is a serious lesson in samurai history and use of the samurai sword (katana). The weapons they teach you with are real swords. By the end you'll cut a tatami mat with a sword slice. I loved every minute of the experience!

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 24, 2019

My brother and I always wanted to swing a samurai sword - and we both agreed that we were so lucky to have spent an afternoon at Samurai Juku. The atmosphere of the samurai house and Kawata-sensei and our translator ( she was wonderful and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2019

I chose Samurai Juku because I wanted the iaido experience using real swords, and was very glad I did. Sensei Kawata is very skilled, and very patient with inept foreigners. Sensei (translated ably by Maki) talked through some important aspects of the sword and its...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

This was a fantastic experience. The whole course is in Japanese but will be translated by a skilled translator to English! Master Hikosan and his translator were very nice. They gave a good introduction into the Samurai history, basic etiquette for Samurai, such as bowing...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stumbled on this when reservations for a similar service fell through. We were lucky they did! Sensei and Maki were extremely gracious hosts, full of information, and the quality of instruction in the handling of the sword was excellent, as demonstrated...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 11, 2019

My husband and I enjoyed this class from start to finish. Sensei spoke in Japanese but the translator explained things very well for us. I particularly loved the brief history lesson then the actual handling of katana. We were taught basic moves such as drawing...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

My partner and I have learnt about Samurai Juku by accident from another tourist met in Kyoto. We have decided to book our experience while we were in Kyoto. It was such a great decision! We have got unforgettable little training with katana all dressed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

Experienced a sample of what it could have been being a samurai. This was the best activity we've experienced in Kyoto and probably Japan. We were greeted with friendly smiles and an excellent speaking host. She explained what was in store for us as well...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019

What a wonderful experience. You are greeted with a beautiful handcrafted armor then brought upstairs to learn about Bushido and Iado from Kawata-Sensei. You get to handle real Katana and learn how to draw and sheathe the weapon as well as how to respect the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 27, 2019

During my time in Japan, I received a recommendation to see this place by my friend. And I have to say it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. You can not only see but also feel like a sword master for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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137dalet, Owner at Samurai Juku, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2019

Thank you very much for coming! We are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time here. It was wonderful to know your country's history. Thank you very much, and have a nice time in Japan!

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Nishijin District
A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto
is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with
its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the
neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a
self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of
the city, it is a district where you can take it at
your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving
and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
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April 6, 2019|
Response from 137dalet | Property representative |
Hello, thanks for your interest, and I'm sorry for the late reply. The price is ¥10,000 for an adult to participate, and ¥5,000 to attend but not use the sword. For children aged six and under, it is free. Your daughter can... More