Samurai School: Samurai for a Day - Reviews

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Florin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour was amazing!

Julio R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Excelent experience, very fun! / Excelente experiencia, muy entretenida, con una hora es suficiente

Anatoly N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

I was so impressed and pleased by my samurai sword-training lesson. What a wonderful experience! What made it so special and memorable is that the teacher didn't treat us as if we were merely tourists, but rather actual samurai in training! Even the swords we practiced with were real. The teacher was patient, enthusiastic, highly skilled and spoke very good English. A memorable and fulfilling experience; I would recommend at least a 2-hour training session to anyone interested in traditional Japanese culture, swordsmanship, or the vanished world of the samurai.

Sascha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Fantastic experience. We went for the 2 hour lesson - after the initial induction, we got dressed in our kimonos and were shown a few samurai moves. However, the lesson also includes art - your training leads up to a performance at the end where you combine all single elements you have been shown throughout the 2 hours. There are also plenty of photo shoot opportunities. We had a great time and can highly recommend the samurai school.

Melissa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Loved this but felt 2 hours is a little too long, an hour is long enough. Glad I did this, the instructor and staff were very nice and friendly.

Luc C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

I had a great time at this activity. The instructor was patient and the introduction to Kenbu was informative and fun. I highly recommend this activity to women and men of all ages.

Karuna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was a very fun, entertaining and educational event. The instructors took time to explain how to put on the traditional robe, demonstrate basic sword movements and was attentive. This is a great cultural experience.

Mauricio Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

I really recommend this tour.
We have learned some Samurai techniques.
The clothes are fantastic.
You have plenty of photo opportunities, so that you may show off to your friends... :
And... I love my wife...

Keely M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Great experience, the teacher was very focused and taught us all the moves, we then got to do our own presentation which they filmed so we could look back at it! The dressing up was good fun tooo!

Danielle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

I totally rate this . We did the two hour experience and it was worth every cent. I thought it would be corny and a fun type of thing to spend 2 hours doing- it turned out to be a well thought out activity where we learned all about the samurai culture, the moves, got to see the master in action and put together our own small routine. And then they give you presents. Whaaaaattttt!. So worth it. Im a travel agent and I now recommend this to all of my passengers and clients.

Nicole N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Had a blast! Great fun for the whole family. We did the two hour program, which seemed about right. The one hour would have been too short, as you spend a good chunk of time getting dressed up. My kids, aged 11 and 9, loved it.

Jessica D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This is a must do for all. Very good staff and teacher. They speak good English and let you play with real swords.

Flavius

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

This is one of those thing that I will never forget! It was a special experience. If you come to Kyoto you have to come do this. Make sure to ask about the performance as well and not just the training.

Dianna V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

You need to put this on your things to do. It is a very respectful presentation and lesson on the culture of the Samurai who guarded the Shogun. Ages 7 to 70 will come away with a hands on experience of learning to hold the sword and carry themselves as a Samurai plus you earn a certificate for your lessons.

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!

felixfvm1980

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.

jbell

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.

serena.staples

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!

Liam B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Absolutely fantastic activity. Really enjoyed learning some of the sword fighting techniques and getting all dressed up. The two hour lesson was definitely worth it.

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