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Samurai Kembu Theater

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Address: 35-7 Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji), Higashiyama-ku | B1F Neo Art Bldg., Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Last admission time - 6:15PM Kembu, literally means 'sword dance' is one of...

Last admission time - 6:15PM 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 the traditions of the Samurai!!

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Samurai School: Samurai for a Day
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Samurai Performance in Kyoto

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Awesome and educational as well

I was slightly worried that the theatre was just going to be katana demonstrations - and there were plenty of those but there were also demonstrations of samurai fan mime as well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was slightly worried that the theatre was just going to be katana demonstrations - and there were plenty of those but there were also demonstrations of samurai fan mime as well as some truly beautiful theatre. The hosts were lovely and courteous and spoke fantastic English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was definitely one of the highlights of the tour for me! The teacher was amazing and taught us about the samurai's history + showed us the moves! Absolutely fantastic experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My 6-year-old son and his dad took the package B (light lesson and performance including costumes) and raved about their experience with regard to fun, and high quality instruction and performance. I was in charge for booking the trip in advance and everything from booking to showing up and introduction was easy (and in English). The beautiful studio with hardwood... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

* Please, have in mind that my review is based on the 2 hours class. I did not see the show. It was one of the coolest things I did in Kyoto! There are some things to have in mind,though: - The 2h class is not actually 2h. It took about 1:30 hours. - You wear the costume only on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This would appeal mostly to those looking to try something different in the avenue of sport/I-tried-it-and-might-do-it-again category/I'm-in-a-different-country-so-let's-do-something-other-than-eat category; or maybe you're seeking the samurai aura in Japan or just want to swing a sword, these guys have you covered. Really though, squeeze this into your itinerary if you'd like something more interactive during your trip, and you can wear the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I had a great time at Samurai Kembu Theatre. The class was fun but also serious enough that we could learn the history behind tge Samurai and how to use it, finishing the class off with a full routine in costume. The Chief was a great teacher, gave great instructions and demonstration making it easy for us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an enthusiastic presentation and the performers were great and had a sense of humor. It covered a wide range of performances and compared and contrasted Samurai with Ninjas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was a bit hard to find. It is in the lower level of a building. The show was fine, however, the one-hour lesson was a lot of fun!! The staff works hard to make sure you are having a great time, and they make it a fun experience for all! People of all ages enjoyed the lesson experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the samurai lesson! The instructor and all staff were very helpful and made sure we were having a good time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great attraction in Kyoto. It was awesome to learn about the Japanese culture and to learn about the Samurai-definitley recommend stopping by!

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