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Kyoto Samurai Experience

Kyoto, Japan

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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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.
  • 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
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure times
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience
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Professional instructor
Use of a real Katana (Japanese Samurai sword)
Zen experience
Pictures of during the activity

Departure Point

1: Shijō-Ōmiya Station, Shijoomiyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8389, Japan
2: 111 Inabachō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8803, Japan

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kyoto Samurai Experience

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What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto Samurai Experience?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Traveler Tips

  • "This experience was well worth the money, and dont pass up the opportunity." See review


359 Reviews
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Must DO!!
, Mar 2020
Must do experience if ever in Kyoto. We had a great time and had a lot of fun using the sword as well as learning about the warriors of Japan. The staff was very attentive and answer all of our questions. The pictures were exceptional very pleased.
Amazing and educational experience
, Nov 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the Samurai experience; from the moment we were adorned in the traditional clothing, through the demonstrations, teachings, practice, and finally the meditation. The staff were friendly, experienced and supportive.
Educational experience
, Oct 2019
The demonstration and lecture were great. Followed by the hands on cutting of the mat and the meditation at the end wrapped up an experience we had long anticipated.
Informative and fun
, Oct 2019
Had a nice time visiting the vintage home and learning about samurai culture and history. Very informative and fun. Well organized. Sword is indeed a fierce weapon, cut through mat like butter when wielded correctly. The photos they took and posted were an unexpected and nice benefit.
A real authentic experience
Brannon M
, Jul 2019
I was worried that this might be silly or childish. However, the professional staff eliminated those concerns immediately. We visited a historic samurai home while getting a glimpse into using a samurai sword, learning about the history of the martial art, zen mental preparation and about the use and craftsmanship of the swords. My wife and son were impressed as well.
Authentic Samurai
Michael C
, May 2019
The experience was excellent especially with a patient and knowledgable masters like Shogo and his team helping us out every step of the way. We learnt a lot about the true Samurai culture and history, how they communicated, the role the katana played during that era and it was also a unique experience when we were given the chance to wield the katana. Truly recommended for adult teens and above.
Once in a Lifetime Experience :)
, May 2019
Overall experience was great, it's a unique experience. We learned so much and also experienced using a real katana. The team is very accommodating, kudos to them.
Virginia A
, Oct 2018
What an amazing 2 hrs, I did this with my son aged 11 and he wanted to do it again the next day, the guide was knowledgeable and it was very interesting and we were able to use a real sword to try and slice through bamboo - it is extremely difficult - a must to do in Kyoto.
Really nice experience! We learnt...
Serges O
, Aug 2018
Really nice experience! We learnt about the history how to use the swords Good instructors, very knowledgeable! 2 hours were quickly gone! Loved our experience!
Highlight of trip to Japan with kids
Amy d
, Jun 2018
Excellent experience! Very authentic and had so much more than just swords, although the sword instruction and experience was amazing! Would absolutely do it without kids but was very much appreciated by our elementary age and teenage kids.

Product code: 44484P1

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