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Samurai School in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day

Kyoto, Japan
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60 to 90 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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
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 LessonIf 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.

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Brilliant experience
, Aug 2019
Myself and my teenage son did this activity. We both had a great time, really enjoyable and staff were lovely. Would definitely recommend!
Great day
, Jul 2019
Really fun and interesting day. We got to practice with swords, get dressed up in full samurai attire, then more practice with swords, practice with fans, then learned a choreographed sequence with the swords. Our teacher was fantastic, very knowledgeable and skilled. My only negative is that we didn't get to cut anything with the swords!
Oustanding experience!!
, May 2019
Great instructor and really super experience to learn Samuari sword movements. Recommend this experience for anyone interested in JAPANESE culture, We had a great time and want to repeat again in the future but ONLY with this school!!
One of the highlights of our trip!
, Mar 2019
Excellent experience, and so much fun! The instructor was experienced and provided clear instructions. Still can’t believe we were able to learn the samurai performance in 1.5 hours! Thanks so much!
Highly recommend. Unique experience.
, Oct 2018
Now for something completely different...! A fun 90 minutes and great pics to last a lifetime. Highly recommend.
A dream come true
, Aug 2018
It was only a game but represent it a little big dream: samurai for a day. I enjoyed this activity so much and the instructor made me feel like a real samurai. Thanks for the good memories.
We had a great time! We did the...
Robyn A
, Jun 2018
We had a great time! We did the 1-hour class and had a wonderful time, the 2-hour class looked really fun. Those of us in the 1-hour class went first we got changed into our Samurai outfits and got our pictures done first, as we were leaving the 2-hour class was learning their choreographed moves. The instructor was great and really funny, and they all spoke English very well. 10/10 would go again.
This was such a fun experience for...
Michelle S
, Apr 2018
This was such a fun experience for our family of 5. I wasn't sure if the kids aged 10, 13 15 would be too embarrassed to perform their choreography but they absolutely loved it. Our samurai master was very patient but also very funny! This was a real highlight of our trip and the kids still love watching the videos of our performance. Highly recommended
It was really fun being a samurai...
Michael S
, Apr 2018
It was really fun being a samurai for a day. From using the swords to dressing up in kimonos, this was a great experience. It was actually more intense for a two hour lesson than I thought it would be it wasn't just dress up and some basic moves, but a full fledged workout and I actually learned a lot more than I thought I would. The instructor was great.
It was great! I went with my 10 year...
Agnes N
, Apr 2018
It was great! I went with my 10 year old nephew and we had so much fun! They were fantastic and there was a lot of time to take pictures as well! Thanks

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