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Samurai School: Samurai for a Day

Prepare for battle as you learn the skills of the samurai during this 1- or 2-hour class studying the basic techniques of these ancient Japanese warriors. Take the 1-hour session, providing an introduction to the basics of the samurai art, or choose the 2-hour course, practicing more complex movements using a sword and folding fan. When your class ends, enjoy a photo session with your samurai costume and receive a certificate of completion.  This samurai session also includes an English-speaking guide and instructor and a 'tenugui,' a traditional Japanese towel.
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Ninja Experience in Kyoto for Kids and Families

Kids and adults alike will love this Ninja experience in Kyoto. It’s informative, it’s fun, and it’ll give you some cool ninja skills to show friends at home. No need to buy anything in advance as ninja costume rental is included. You’ll learn how to throw ninja weapons, have a photo shoot, and go on a treasure hunt. The day will also be enriched by going on a tour around the Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Samurai and Ninja Museum Tour in Kyoto

Fans of samurai and ninja history won’t want to miss wielding a real katana sword while in Kyoto. From the Heian period through the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, samurai and ninja roamed Kyoto’s streets. Get an immersive tour of these heroes’ history as a professional guide leads you through the Samurai and Ninja Museum. Your hands-on experience includes wearing samurai armor, wielding katana and ninja stars, and posing with replica swords.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Calligraphy in Kyoto Shodo Experience in Kyoto

Discover the techniques behind Shodo calligraphy by having an art class in Kyoto. You won’t have to worry about buying paint, brushes, or paper, as all equipment is provided. You’ll learn the link between calligraphy and meditation, and the history of this beautiful art. Your tutor will teach you how to write your name in calligraphy, and you’ll have the opportunity to take photographs too.
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Samurai Experience & Guided Tour of Samurai Ninja Museum

Experience samurai right in the heart of Kyoto city. Our iado sensei will teach you the philosophy of samurai and the useful tips of how to use the sword like those in the feudal Japan. Don’t miss this opportunity. Just in case you are wondering, the Kyoto sword lesson consists of the master’s instructions on how to properly stand like a samurai how to properly draw a katana like a samurai How to properly hold the katana like a samurai How to properly slash How to properly put your sword back into the sheath The Kyoto samurai show and the sword lesson has a high satisfaction rate. Reserve before all the slots are sold out.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Kyoto Samurai Show and Samurai Sword Experience in Kyoto

Samurai Kyoto show is one of the most entertaining shows in Japan. Your trip to Kansai cannot be complete without watching a Kyoto samurai sword show. Many call this breath-taking performance as the highlight of their trip. The swordsmanship and the traditional moves of Japanese samurais that includes iaido and kenbu have been beautifully choreographed and presented in front of your eyes. A short glimpse into the way the samurai moved their sword will not only entertain you but also inspire you. This activity takes place inside the Kyoto samurai & ninja museum (#1 museum in Kyoto) and it includes
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Pottery Wheel Trial - Basic plan in Kiyomizu, Kyoto

Kyoto is known for its ancient traditions and magnificent craftsmanship, and on this experience, you’ll learn the basics of pottery from highly skilled pottery artists. You won’t have to worry about bringing anything with you as all materials and equipment are provided. If you’ve never tried pottery before, you’ll be put at ease, as your instructor will demonstrate, then assist you in your own pottery experience. Choose what object you make, pick custom glazes, and you can even choose to have your pottery delivered to you.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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Kyoto Ninja Experience for Adults

This is the ultimate ninja experience for adults. You’ll have a lot of fun, and increase your knowledge about ninjas too. You won’t have to worry about what to wear, as ninja outfit rental is included. Highlights include throwing ninja stars (shuriken), and using a ninja blowgun. At the end of your experience, a visit to the Samurai and Ninja Museum is included.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Calligraphy Experience in Kyoto Townhouse

Partake in one of Japan’s most ancient art forms during this hands-on workshop in Japanese calligraphy. Master the basics by the end of the lesson, with instructive feedback from your own private teacher. Classes include all supplies and enriching background on the history of calligraphy. As an added perk, workshops take place in an 80-year-old wooden traditional townhouse, so you can get a peek at Old Kyoto.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Japanese Taiko Drumming Class

*PLAN NAME Japanese Taiko Drumming Class *OUTLINE 1 hour taiko drum activity  Let's practice Taiko with everybody!We offer an easy and enjoyable lesson which anybody can always enjoy!In this plan,1 hour long Japanese drum "taiko" activity for tourists.We will learn how to play Taiko: how to hold the drumsticks, how to stand and basic technique.At the end we will take a photo wearing a "happi coat", a Japanese traditional outfit.
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Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Yorozu-kago

With thick, shrine-filled bamboo forests surrounding Kyoto, it is little wonder that bamboo is an integral part of Kyoto craft traditions. During this hands-on workshop, you’ll receive one-on-one instruction in traditional bamboo basket-making. Learn how to braid bamboo strips and take part in one of the city’s most cherished living traditions. All materials are included, and you can take home your new creation.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Ikebana Experience in Kyoto Townhouse

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. This traditional and formal art may seem esoteric, but this is not the case. Anyone is capable of creating a fantastic work of art by themselves after acquiring the basic concepts and fundamental skills of this art.Learning ikebana promotes a better understanding of the Japanese view of nature; a crucial step in appreciating the unique aesthetics, emotions and thoughts that merge to create this visual art form. Flower arranging used to be a required "mannerism" for well-educated men, such as samurais or monks.Since you have travelled to this "strange island" it would be a waste not to experience our genuinely unique culture!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Pottery Wheel Trial My cup plan in Kiyomizu, Kyoto

Rather than just visiting Kiyomizu-dera, one of Kyoto’s most popular temples, make contact with traditional Japanese culture during a ceramics session. You’ll learn about the centuries-old craft of kiyomizu-yaki (pottery making), and use an electric potter’s wheel to shape your own original, handmade cup. Plus, the option to ship your souvenir to your home country removes the hassle of transporting fragile goods. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Hana-kago

Get more out of your time in Japan by learning new skills—how to make a bamboo basket. This workshop is a hands-on experience where you’ll learn how to braid bamboo and make a basket. You won’t have to worry about purchasing materials, as all equipment and materials are provided. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to take your basket home with you as a souvenir.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Kyoto Japanese Traditional Hand Fan Drawing Experience

In this course, you can make your own "Sensu"(Japanese hand fan) while learning traditional Japanese crafting techniques. From Kanji and other Japanese characters to Cherry blossoms and bamboos, we offer a variety of sample drawings for you to choose from. Anyone, from children to the elderly, can easily make his own Sensu. If you are planning a family vacation, we guarantee that this experience will satisfy all of your family members.
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Samurai Sword Experience Tameshigiri at Samurai and Ninja Museum Kyoto

Your childhood dream now comes true. Wear a hakama or samurai armor (only available at the samurai and ninja museum) and use a real samurai sword to cut tatami mats. This centuries-old samurai practice is called Tameshigiri. It was born as a form of martial arts since the samurai always had to train to perfect their skills especially during the time of peace. Test cutting is used to check both the quality of a samurai sword and also the sophistication of the sword using skills of the samurai. There are many different materials to test the quality of cuts including thin steel, rice straws and tatami mats. In this experience you will use a material shown in the picture (tatami mats made out of bamboo).
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Learn to play a traditional harp

The traditional Japanese stringed instrument, the koto, is renowned for both its healing tones and elegant shape. During this workshop, you will have a chance to play the koto and hear and feel for yourself the echoes of antiquity that ring in each note of this beautiful instrument. After playing the koto, you will be served matcha green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets in a tea ceremony by a master from the Urasenke tea school. While enjoying the tea and sweets, you will be treated to a live koto performance. This cultural experience is set in a traditional historic house near Ginkakuji Temple and surrounded by the seasonal beauty of Kyoto. Spend an emotionally fulfilling time with me in this calming environment to creatively explore and stimulate all five of your senses.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Koto experience in the center of Kawaramachi street

Back to nearly 1300 years ago, Nara-era, Chinese Koto and Japanese Koto which seemed to be made in Yayoi-era were combined and gradually refined by people who loved music. As time goes on, more and more people had got attracted by Koto because of the “Shirabe” which healed and silently encouraged people’s hearts. Nowadays, we’re going through busy days surrounded by so many objects. Listening to the sound of Koto makes our bodies and hearts remind of old memories. There are two styles of playing the koto. One is the Ikuta style, which uses square-edged picks, and the other style is the Yamada style, which uses round-edged picks. Taking classes in koto playing will be especially interesting for people who have experience in playing string instruments, but beginners will also most surely enjoy taking lessons at a koto schools in Japan. We highly recommend trying it!
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Kyoto Ninja VR Experience

Virtual Reality, VR, has arrived in Kyoto. Now you can enjoy this unique experience in the heart of Kyoto at the Kyoto’s newest museum: Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum. We have picked the best VR ninja games for you to have an unforgettable virtual reality memories in Kyoto. This ticket of course includes other ninja experiences and the samurai & ninja history tour. This experience includes all the following Putting on the VR gogles and playing 3 different Ninja games which consist of shuriken throwing, bamboo cutting, and fighting against the samurais.Wearing the ninja outfitThrowing phsical shurikens at the targetUsing a blow gunTaking the samuri & ninja museum tour and learning about the history of ninja The whole experience lasts about 90 minutes
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Experience a Traditional Japanese Doll Workshop in Kyoto

*Plan NameExperience a Traditional Japanese Doll Workshop in Kyoto *OUTLINEMake, feel, and learn about Japanese dolls. Let's bring back great memories! Experience and learn dressing traditional Japanese dolls, in a workshop with more than 100 years of history!
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Bamboo Basket Making Workshop in Kyoto Ebi-kago

Enjoy the experience of making a bamboo basket for your own in a 2-hour instructed workshop. The bamboo basket you will be making is a traditional craft, passed down to present day, made by hand.  The ebi basket has a diameter of 13 cm and an opening of 9 cm. You can use it for various purposes such as accessories. You can take your bamboo basket back home on the day you make it. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included: you will meet at the workshop in Kyoto.
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Perform a dance in traditional attire

You will dress up in a yukata—a light summer kimono—and learn the Bon Odori dance.What is Bon Dance? The origin of Bon Odori dates back to the Heian era, when a monk named Kuya chanted in rhythm to have people remember Nembutsu—a popular Buddhist chant. This eventually became the Nembutsu dance that then spread to the people and the Bon Festival, a celebration that honors the spirits of ancestors. In the Kamakura period, Bon dance evolved into a traditional art and it became entertainment for the people.
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Kyoto Braid Your Own Japanese Traditional Cross Knot, 'Kano Musubi'

Let's experience "Kano Musubi" with traditional Japanese Kumihimo braids! "Kano Musubi" is a knotting method of famous Kumihimo braids. "Kano Musubi" forms the shape of Chinese character "叶" which means that a wish comes true. Having such a lovely meaning, "Kano Musubi" is often used to close the opening of amulet cases given at the shrines. Select two colors each for you braid and stone. After completion, you can use it as a bag ornament or a key chain. As our cheerful staff will guide you carefully, beginners are welcome as well!
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Experience Kumihimo and Kano Musubi, wishing your dream may come true!

Immerse yourself in Japanese art and craft when you learn the technique of kano musubi with traditional kumihimo braids. Select 2 colors each for your braid and stone. Make an amulet with the guidance of a professional instructor, and bring home a unique souvenir you made yourself. Enjoy tea and sweets while working on your craft.
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