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Samurai Juku

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Samurai Juku

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738-1 Danjocho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8224 Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. The friendly host will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation when you book the tour.
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Luis G wrote a review Oct 2020
Tampa, Florida13 contributions4 helpful votes
As a martial artist, I am always open to try and experience as many arts and schools I can. My thirst for knowledge and curiosity was infinitely satisfied here. For the duration of my class, I was not me anymore. I was transported to a mystical age and time where honor and discipline where the maxims. Iaido was the path. Bushido the norm. The way of the warrior! Sensei Kawata may have been small in size but nonetheless, commands incredible respect. He imbues you with the ancient knowledge (that he has inherited through generations) of a harmonious waltz with undeniable lethality. Sempai Wada is the most charming and gracious of hostess. She is the perfect guide for a journey of self-discovery and wonderment. I will never forget the teachings. Will never forget the experience. I am humbled and deeply grateful.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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bongobec wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
I did this experience with my 11 year old son and we both really enjoyed it. As well as learning a bit about the history of samurai and katana, you get the opportunity to learn to handle a katana, learning how to unsheath and sheath it (harder than it looks!), and then moving on to the basic moves, finishing with a change to try cutting a rolled up tatami using a 400 year-old sword. It was one of our more memorable experiences in Japan and we also got some great photos to remember it by.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Samurai Juku
Responded Apr 2, 2020
Dear bongobec, Greetings from the team at Samurai Juku. We do hope that you and your family are keeping well in these difficult times. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, and letting future guests know what to expect when they step through the door of our dojo. We very much appreciate the kind words, and hope that you left Kyoto with some fond memories. Be sure to come back and see us when (not if) you are next in Kyoto. For now, please take care. Best wishes!
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Mike G wrote a review Feb 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii5 contributions7 helpful votes
There are lots of places in Kyoto where tourists can take a Samurai lesson and chop a tatami matt in half. But this Samurai Juku the real deal. The sensei is a Samurai Master, with a lineage half a millennium long. I used a sword that was 400 years old. I learned how to sheathe and unsheathe my sword without cutting my hand off (not as easy as it looks), and the importance of technique over brute force. Moreover, I was taught something about Samurai tradition and culture. And yes, at the end, I cut a tatami matt in half. All in all, it was the highlight of my trip to Kyoto.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Samurai Juku
Responded Feb 11, 2020
Good morning Mike, A very warm welcome from Kyoto. It is really wonderful to hear that you had such a good time in the dojo, and we too are extremely happy you left with all limbs intact. Your kind words mean a great deal to the team here, and we are thrilled that we could leave you with some great memories of your time in Kyoto. It goes without saying that we hope that you have the opportunity to come back and see us in the future. Until then, all the best.
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Brov67 wrote a review Feb 2020
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My experience was an excellent introduction to japanese history,particularly that of bushido. I was able to ask many questions,and got to handle an authentic,real katana. Wish the session was longer.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Camellia-Relations, General Manager at Samurai Juku
Responded Feb 11, 2020
Dear Brov67, Greetings from Kyoto. Many thanks for joining us in the dojo, and for writing a few words. We hope that you enjoyed your time with us, and yes, we agree that the time does seem to fly! If you get the chance again, be sure to pop in and see us. Best wishes from the Samurai Juku team.
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JezAku wrote a review Jan 2020
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I've always been interested in the Samurai life and history. I also wanted to experience the art swordsmanship and feel like a Samurai at least for some minutes. Thanks for making this dream true.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Camellia-Relations, Guest Relations Manager at Samurai Juku
Responded Jan 30, 2020
Dear JezAku, Greetings from the team at Samurai Juku. It's so heartwarming to hear that we could make at least one of your dreams come true. Kawata-sensei takes real pleasure in being able to share his knowledge, and is thrilled that you enjoyed yourself in the dojo. We do hope that you will come back and see us in the future. Best wishes.
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