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!
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.
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!!!
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 ...
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.
This was a lot of fun! The instructor and other staff were all very helpful and spoke excellent English. Definitely a worthwhile experience.
Had a really great time. Would definately recommend this tour!
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.
Great experience! Very professional and outgoing staff. Highly recommended!
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.
The teachers were very enthusiastic and spoke great English. They did take the extra time to make sure we were all having fun.
This was incredibly fun. My daughters and I got to dress up like samurai, learn sword moves, and learn a lot about historical facts about them. Only down side was finding this place -- it's in the basement of a building and not so easy to find. Be helpful to provide a more detailed map and/or directions. In our Japanese taxi driver had a heck of a time finding the place!
Great experience! Highly recommended. We did the 2 hour experience and my son loved it!
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