Kyoto Samurai Experience
Kyoto Samurai Experience
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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Alice R
Hoi An, Vietnam3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was a really cool experience! The staff was extremely attentive and accommodating. I mixed up my dates when booking and they were able to reschedule us seamlessly. The samurai master taught us how to hold, swing and slice bamboo mats with a real katana. Afterwards, they guided us through a sound bath meditation that brought on the zen. Definitely worth checking out when you’re in Kyoto!
Written 23 February 2020
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Robbyn S
Dallas, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was an amazing experience! Very organized, informative, and interesting! The fact it takes place in a samurai's home was amazing. Everyone is very kind and helpful, and the feeling of sucessfully cutting the bamboo with the samurai sword is so rewarding. The zen meditation was the perfect way to end it! Plus they take high quality photos of you the whole time. You MUST book this experience!
Written 2 February 2020
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Amanda B
Surprise, AZ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband took this class while I watched. He loved it. It was also interesting for me just watching. They spoke great English and were very welcoming. The best part is they take pictures and email them to you after the class free of charge. Instructions to the meeting place were very easy!! The location is also within walking distance to the Nijō castle. This was a nice way to end our day in Kyoto.
Written 29 April 2019
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friz101
Shanghai, China1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
After having visited many temples, shrines, museums and other samurai related experiences, I tried this one. I was taken to an old samurai house where I met the master. He was the Kansai area Iaido champion. He also participates in other traditional arts, such as drumming.

We sat and talked about Iaido, bushido and samurai's for a while and he was happy to answer all my questions through a translator. After this he demonstrated some wonderful Iaido kata's.

Following the demonstration, he opened the doors and went outside into a small garden and demonstrated the cutting of goza mat. (rolled tatami mat.) Then it was my turn. I practiced a few moves with a bokken (wooden sword), then the real thing. I chopped my mat 4 times. It was amazing to feel the weight of a genuine crafted sword using it's power to cut through the mat.

Once I had finished cutting my mat to pieces we went back inside to discuss zen. A singing bowl was placed upon my head and struck. This generates a sound far better than any stereo equipment I've ever heard. Zone off to sound and the patterns on the wall to achieve enlightenment.

This was a wonderful way to finish off my tour of historical Kyoto. I love the culture and to experience this very personal look into the art of Iaido was much better than anything I had ever done before.

I hope experiences like this will continue to grow in Japan. I for sure will be back.
Written 8 February 2017
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whereisbeck
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
We found this by chance - such great luck that we did!
We were met at the train station and escorted to the Samurai house by our interpreter, and spent an amazing morning learning about ancient Japanese traditions, as well as learning how to wield the Samurai sword! The video clips emailed to us were a really nice touch.

This experience was incredibly fun, not tacky or touristy, and was genuinely fascinating and our favourite part of Kyoto. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Kyoto - we loved and it exceeded our expectations.
Written 17 January 2017
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peter s
Gothenburg, Sweden5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great experience in every way. Straff was punctual and very nice and helpful. Even though i was alone (Corona times) they arranged everything and were invested and kind. English guide was great so no languages barriers as well as a photographer, so you didn't have to focus on taking photos. Can not find a single thing wrong with this experience, perfect.
Written 2 April 2020
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Thank you very much for kindly leaving a nice review! We are all very glad you enjoyed your time with us.
Written 6 September 2022
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Katharina B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The experience was really cool. It is a located in a real ancient samurei home, you get to wear samurei clothes and get a good idea of the samurei. The coolest part is to lead a katana yourself and the zen meditation afterwards.
Everyone is super friendly and the explanations are in perfect english (simultaneous translation by an american women).
Written 19 March 2020
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Josette G
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
For me this was the most exciting, awesome experience I ever had with holding a 120 year old Katana. Love my swords and this experience topped it for me number 1. Learning the history of samurai, zen meditation, the staff so humble and the way they go about showing you the way of Samurai. This place is amazing, shoin-zukuri. So highly recommend if you travel to Kyoto you need to do this, Thank you to all the staff
Written 13 October 2019
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SimonTripping
United Kingdom26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
We had a really fantastic time here. It was one of the things we wanted to do in Japan and Kyoto was the perfect place to do it given its history of the Samurai. We definitely chose the right place as it was so authentic and had a whole host of people teaching/performing to us. The experience included being dressed up in traditional clothing, a variety of performances, zen meditation, history of the Samurai and then of course the actual katana wielding experience itself! We practiced with the wooden ones first before moving onto the real thing. It was definitely worth it and would love to do it again! I loved it so much I bought a Samurai sword from a store they recommended!
Written 24 September 2019
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carolinablue2018
Charlotte, NC22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
My husband and I went with our daughter, her husband and two grandchildren to the Kyoto Samurai Experience last week. It was a wonderful, educational experience for all ages. The staff was very professional and friendly and helped us all to experience using a real katana. It was amazing!
Written 21 July 2019
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