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Kyoto Samurai Experince

  • 2-hour Samurai Experience in Kyoto
  • Learn the Way of the Warrior at a Kyoto Samurai House
  • Practice Swordsmanship basics, try on a traditional kimono, and handle a real Katana sword
Kyoto Samurai Experince
From USD 112.85
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Immerse yourself in Samurai history and culture during this 2-hour Samurai experience at a traditional Kyoto Samurai House. Under the guidance of an expert Samurai instructor, learn the philosophies of Bushido, the ‘Way of the Warrior; handle a real katana sword; and take part in a Zen meditation session.
What to Expect
This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of Bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle. 
:::Form Practice:::
Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form.
:::A Real Katana (Japanese sword):::
After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana, and use it to cut though a goza mat. We will place the goza mat vertically on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test.
:::Zen (meditation):::
To wrap up the course you will be learn how to meditate using singing bowls.  A singing bowl is a type of bell, the sounds of which help to clear and calm the mind. Though this deep meditation you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life as well. 
Course Time 
Approximately 120min ( 10:00 - 12:00 / 13:00  - 15:00 / 15:00 - 17:00 )
Our courses are conducted from 10AM / 1PM / 3PM. When reserving a spot please select from one of these times. We are happy to negotiate regarding different times or private sessions in the case of large groups and other special circumstances. Please email us in advance and also please be aware that other charges may sometimes be applied.
We generally try to avoid scheduling sessions where there is only one guest. When booking as a solo traveler please be aware that we may contact you regarding changing your reservation to a time where you can join with another person or group.
Reviews (102)
1 - 5 of 94 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Great experience

This was even better than expected. Get some history of the samurai, experience using a katana, set in an original samurai home and wearing samurai clothing. The instructors were really great and happy to answer all questions, I just wish I'd written down some questions...More

Thank lhay82
Reviewed 1 week ago
It is an awesome must experience thing to do in Kyoto!

Shogo was awesome at explaining and giving me the best experience i could ever ask for, He was kind and patient in every aspect. He even answered all my questions that i have for him. He demonstrated and taught me how to handle a sword...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ng T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Run, don't walk, to the Kyoto Samurai Experience! Me, my husband and our three kids (ages 15, 13 & 10) spent our Christmas and New Years vacation in Japan this year. The entire trip was fantastic, but an absolute highlight was our time at the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lzises
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great experience!

Wow! 5 stars! My son, Cole, had so much fun today. (We’ve has so much fun in Kyoto but he’s 11 years old and he was getting a little bored with the constant itinerary of temples and shrines.) The staff is incredible with children, very...More

Thank N2987GKsaraht
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Unique and respectful Samurai experience

This was a highlight of our trip. Shogo is a skilled and experienced host, and Hiro and Kai were exceptional “guides” as well. We felt invited as family into a historical world. This is not a cartoon-like Samurai “event”. It is a historically accurate, insightful,...More

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Toni B
8 November 2018|
Response from kirstyu2101 | Reviewed this property |
Omiya Station is no more than a 5 minute walk. When we booked, all details were provided and we met our guide outside a book shop that was opposite the station.
Sudirdjo W
31 October 2018|
Response from Paul C | Reviewed this property |
Yes! My two boys are ages 9 and 8, they loved it. Try to get a slow motion video if you got the right mobile phone!
19 April 2018|
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Me too, how we can do?
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