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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.


  • Samurai lesson in Kyoto
  • Discover the traditional performing art of Kembu, practiced by samurai for centuries
  • Learn from a master instructor how to bow, draw a samurai sword and strike with stylized movements
  • Upgrade for a longer practice session and perform choreography
  • Enjoy a photo session in costume and receive a certificate

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What You Can Expect

Samurai School: Samurai for a Day

Learn to be a Samurai in Kyoto

Study the arts of the samurai, the warrior class that ruled the battlefields of ancient Japan for centuries, during this 1- or 2-hour session in Kyoto. Practice the graceful, stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kembu, a samurai performing art that’s been perfected over many hundreds of years.

Start your samurai training by making your way to the Kembu Kyoto Dojo. Your class time will vary depending on the length and option you have selected. Meet your instructor and watch a short 3-minute film detailing the basic practices of the samurai, the warrior class that dominated feudal Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries.

Then suit up in your samurai uniform for the day, including a white belt, Japanese-style socks and, of course, your sword. Start your experience by learning the proper methods to bow, then begin your sword training with an introduction to drawing it and replacing it in its protective scabbard. As you attempt to master this tricky technique, you’ll also test out various methods of striking the sword.

Take a moment during your training to suit up in a traditional samurai costume for a short photo session before learning how to wield the sword against a potential opponent. For those that selected the 1-hour session, your experience ends here with a respectful bow to your instructor.  Grab your photos and a certificate of achievement before departing.

Optional Upgrade: 2-Hour Lesson
If you booked a 2-hour lesson, continue to learn stylized movements of the samurai, including how to walk and how to use the folding fan if you wish. Complete your session with some challenging Kembu choreography, which you will perform with your sword on stage, accompanied by a poem and music.

Customer Reviews

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a great time and really enjoyed our experience and we strongly recommend opting for the 2 hours session rather than the 1 hour version as it seemed to be over so quickly for the people who started at the same time as us. Attentive instructors and great costumes. Allow sufficient time to find the venue as it was a little hard to find until we enlisted the help of a local shopkeeper!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome experience! It made the whole trip to Kyoto beeing more than just a sight seeing tour - esspecially if you are interested in martial arts and in Japanese history a little.

I strongly recommend the two hour lesson. It contains a brief introduction, basics, foto session, short coreography.

Matthew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I had a LOT OF FUN!!! I loved samurai's since I was a kid from watching old movies and cartoons shows, so getting to dress up like one was cool. They give you a couple of gifts at the end, they're small but they're still gifts.

All around I had a great time!!!

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

Fernando R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really cool. We took the 2 hour class and learned a few things about samurais and mostly about sword handling. We even tried a samurai suit each which made it the perfect experience.
The instructor knew what he was doing and was a very funny person.
We all got a bit tired in the end managing a sword isn't as easy as one may think but it was totally worth it!

Bradford B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We were looking forward to this experience and it did not disappoint. The people were friendly and the instructor did a nice job mixing instruction with stories and jokes. It was a good introductory experience into Samurai sword techniques and movements.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a lot of fun! The instructor and other staff were all very helpful and spoke excellent English. Definitely a worthwhile experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a really great time. Would definately recommend this tour!

Shannon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It seemed to me like you should definitely go to the show beforehand, which wasn't advertised to me. If you do that, you get to see a show and then have your lesson. Anyway, it felt a bit disorganized when we arrived as everyone else was watching the show, and it was going on in the next room, and we were walking right into backstage. However, once the dust settled, it was great! We got to put on Tabi socks and start learning with REAL swords. They had appropriately sized socks and swords for me and my small son 6 years old. The lesson felt authentic, and I felt like the instructor cared that we got it right, and that we learned a bit about Japanese culture and the Samurai code. Midway through the lesson, we got to dress up as samurai! I really enjoyed that part - they had a huge selection of very nice costumes.

Konrad S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great experience! Very professional and outgoing staff. Highly recommended!

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