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Get your adrenaline pumping and make like a samurai during this 1.5-hour private sword lesson in Tokyo. Held in a ‘dōjō’ training center in Ginza, your lesson will be taught by a 7th-level sword master trained in the Hisui-style of of Iai sword drawing. You’ll learn about the history of curved katana swords and how to safely use them, before practicing chopping up mats with your own sword! You’ll even wear a traditional kimono like the samurai. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see part of Japan’s culture, up close.

Highlights

  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Try on a traditional kimono before your lesson
  • Learn about the history and safe way to use a curved katana sword
  • Practice your skills by chopping up grass tatami mats
  • Visit Ginza, an old neighborhood in the heart of bustling Tokyo
  • Avoid extra hassle with free hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Private Katana Sword Iai Lesson with a Samurai Descendant

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Customer Reviews

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

One of the Tokyo trip highlights for my family and kids. Didn't have any Viator reviews to read when we booked, so a little hesitant, but so glad I trusted my gut. Met by a very friendly local Japanese woman who spoke good English--she walked and rode the subway with us to the Ginza studio. Studio is upscale on a luxury street in Ginza. Upon arrival, staff helped us dress into Samurai clothing--very fastidious and took about 15 minutes--treat it as an honor. Staff very friendly and helpful. The Samurai met us in the large studio classroom where we started with a group lesson 5 people with dull-blade swords. Samurai was very friendly, interested in sharing his expertise and helping us learn, and yet serious because he wants to make sure that everyone knows you can get hurt if not careful. Proud of his expertise. All good. After the group lesson, each participant was able to swing a sharp blade Samurai sword and cut through rolled tatami mats stuck vertically onto a post--to represent a human neck. Samurai guided through the entire process and was very encouraging. Two women, two men, and one child for our lesson. Game of Thrones fans, this is a chance to swing a real, 80yr old sword and really cut something. Exhilarating and a unique learning experience. Only bring kids who can self-control behavior and understand the need to be respectful to the staff and surroundings. Young kids who cannot participate can dress and watch while sitting in a chair IF AND ONLY IF can be completely quiet the entire time without need for video games to keep them quiet. Our 5yr old enjoyed watching silently. Be respectful and this will be an experience you and your family remember for the rest of your life.

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