Samurai Kenbu Theater
Samurai Kenbu Theater
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11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
Monday
11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
Tuesday
11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
Wednesday
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
Friday
11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
Saturday
11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
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Kenbu, literally means 'sword dance' is one of Japanese traditional performing arts that shows the spirits and the culture of the Samurai. Samurai kenbu 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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Neighborhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Thomi F
London, UK16 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
This was an excellent activity in Kyoto for my husband and my son! They both enjoyed it very much. Thank you!
Written June 5, 2023
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Lee S
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May 2023 • Couples
Great to try on the clothes, use the swords and take pictures. Fun time though a little hard to understand her English.
Written May 29, 2023
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FloLyTeam
Saint-Priest, France542 contributions
May 2023
In 1 hour and a half, we got to dress up in authentic samurai clothes (we didn't do it our ourselves because it's way too hard!) and practice basic moves with a katana. It was a unique experience. However, the sensei was a little bit too fast at times, so it was hard for me to keep up with the pace. At the end of the lesson, we got certificates and got to keep the socks and necktie as souvenirs.
Written May 29, 2023
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RoyA
1 contribution
May 2023 • Solo
Great experience!!! Do the whole 90mins so you can learn the fan and do the kata! With the music, it was an amazing experience. The instructions were great!
Written May 24, 2023
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Deborah P
3 contributions
May 2023
From selecting outfits to learning the moves, this workshop was so much fun. Lots of patience was shown as my husband is uncoordinated!

My husband and son in law had the best time.

Highly recommend.
Written May 16, 2023
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Sean C
5 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was a great show that highlighted Japanese culture and offered insight into the Japanese samurai history.
Written May 4, 2023
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Greencube42
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Dressing up as Samurai and learning some moves while holding a real (blunt) sword - already great fun! In the end, you even perform your own sword dance on stage accompanied by music. Also, the instructor explained the steps well & was really nice & helpful.
Take the 1,5 hours course which allows you to transform the results of your 1h training into the dance performance (my personal highlight ;D )
Written April 29, 2023
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v1shaal
18 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Excellent lesson (60mins), which teaches you how to handle the katana and the history behind samurai performance art. The instructors are patient, friendly and are fun with the lesson too! Great English to talk us through it all too.

The 30 minute show at the end of the lesson really brings home how much skill this art takes - very informative and entertaining. A must do - worth the money for sure! One of the best experiences I've had in Japan!
Written April 21, 2023
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Adventurer563021
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Family
After the performance- which was quite entertaining as well as informative re: Samurai tradition and culture - we were taught how to use a real Samurai sword - even a kid of about 8 years. Very fun!
Written April 18, 2023
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Amy G
Wake Forest, NC19 contributions
The lesson included history and application today. The female instructor was very skilled and made it very fun! Definitely a must-do!
Written April 17, 2023
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Samurai Kenbu Theater is open:
  • Mon - Tue 11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
  • Wed - Wed 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 11:15 AM - 8:15 PM
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