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Kyoto Samurai Experience

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Immerse yourself in samurai history and culture during this 2-hour samurai experience at a traditional Kyoto Samurai House. Under the guidance of an expert sword instructor, learn the philosophies of Bushido, the "Way of the Warrior" handle a real katana sword; and take part in a Zen meditation session.
  • Learn the Way of the Warrior at a Kyoto Samurai House
  • Practice Swordsmanship basics, try on a traditional kimono, and handle a real katana sword
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure times
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience
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Professional instructor
Use of a real Katana (Japanese Samurai sword)
Zen experience
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和樂 Waraku , 111 Inabachō, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8803, Japan

Our gates will be open 15 minutes prior to the start of the experience. Please arrive as soon as possible so we can help you change into samurai attire for your session. If you are worried about finding our location please contact us ahead of time.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kyoto Samurai Experience
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kyoto Samurai Experience?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Kyoto Samurai Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Kyoto Samurai Experience.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kyoto Samurai Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Most Memorable Samurai Experience
, Mar 2022
The entire experience was an amazing part of our trip to Kyoto, and is probably the most memorable. Wearing the hakama, walking on the tatami mats, holding the katana was something what will stay in our memories for the rest of our lives!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your kind review! We're happy that we were able to meet your expectations and provide a wonderful memory for you.
Must DO!!
, Mar 2020
Must do experience if ever in Kyoto. We had a great time and had a lot of fun using the sword as well as learning about the warriors of Japan. The staff was very attentive and answer all of our questions. The pictures were exceptional very pleased.
Amazing and educational experience
, Nov 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the Samurai experience; from the moment we were adorned in the traditional clothing, through the demonstrations, teachings, practice, and finally the meditation. The staff were friendly, experienced and supportive.
Educational experience
, Oct 2019
The demonstration and lecture were great. Followed by the hands on cutting of the mat and the meditation at the end wrapped up an experience we had long anticipated.
Informative and fun
, Oct 2019
Had a nice time visiting the vintage home and learning about samurai culture and history. Very informative and fun. Well organized. Sword is indeed a fierce weapon, cut through mat like butter when wielded correctly. The photos they took and posted were an unexpected and nice benefit.
A real authentic experience
Brannon M
, Jul 2019
I was worried that this might be silly or childish. However, the professional staff eliminated those concerns immediately. We visited a historic samurai home while getting a glimpse into using a samurai sword, learning about the history of the martial art, zen mental preparation and about the use and craftsmanship of the swords. My wife and son were impressed as well.
Authentic Samurai
, May 2019
The experience was excellent especially with a patient and knowledgable masters like Shogo and his team helping us out every step of the way. We learnt a lot about the true Samurai culture and history, how they communicated, the role the katana played during that era and it was also a unique experience when we were given the chance to wield the katana. Truly recommended for adult teens and above.
Once in a Lifetime Experience :)
, May 2019
Overall experience was great, it's a unique experience. We learned so much and also experienced using a real katana. The team is very accommodating, kudos to them.
Virginia A
, Oct 2018
What an amazing 2 hrs, I did this with my son aged 11 and he wanted to do it again the next day, the guide was knowledgeable and it was very interesting and we were able to use a real sword to try and slice through bamboo - it is extremely difficult - a must to do in Kyoto.
Really nice experience! We learnt...
Serges O
, Aug 2018
Really nice experience! We learnt about the history how to use the swords Good instructors, very knowledgeable! 2 hours were quickly gone! Loved our experience!
Highlight of trip to Japan with kids
, Jun 2018
Excellent experience! Very authentic and had so much more than just swords, although the sword instruction and experience was amazing! Would absolutely do it without kids but was very much appreciated by our elementary age and teenage kids.
We were concerned about this being...
Federico R
, Apr 2018
We were concerned about this being touristy and kitschy, but wanted to try it out anyway. It was far from it. This was an exceptional experience. Our hosts really allowed us to briefly, but satisfactorily, experience the way of the samurai. It was one of the highlights of our ten day trip to Japan. I strongly recommend this. Federico, Attorney, Chicago.
We scheduled this tour as part of...
Tiffany C
, Mar 2018
We scheduled this tour as part of our family's month-long stay in Japan. To date, this has been our children's ages 11, 14, 16, and 18 favorite experience. We mom and dad liked it too. The venue is a historic home that is 200 years old. The hosts are friendly and very knowledgable. You learn about samurai history, the katana, meditation and more. It is interactive and interesting. Everyone gets a chance to use the katana, which made it a huge hit with the kids. If you are coming to Kyoto and want to do something more than just look at shrines, temples, and castles which are all great, you should do this Samurai Experience.
The experience is very exciting, our...
Benjamin S
, Mar 2018
The experience is very exciting, our guide met us at the train station and provided a short 3 minute walk to the venue a traditional Samarai house we were greeted by a hostess who dressed us in our kimonos. We were given a brief tour of the first two rooms and learned the history of the building, and then were greeted by the samarai master. He spoke Japanese and the hostess translated into english we learned the history of the samaurai and what we were expected to do for the rest of the time with them. We were then given a demonstration of the katana by the master and were ushered to the kitchen area to do some practice. We learned how to stand, where our arms should be and how to swing a sword. We were then given a real katana and had a go of cutting a grass mat, this was the most exciting part. Following the rush of this activity we finished our time and returned to the room for a meditation activity, we got to relax and meditate for a few minutes and then were given a flute demonstration of ancient Japanese sounds. It was surreal. This experience was well worth the money, and dont pass up the opportunity.
Excellent experience for those who...
Tony K
, Jan 2018
Excellent experience for those who love all things Samurai. The opportunity to dress up and use a Katana and learn a bit about Samurai in an authentic Samurai setting was excellent. The meditation session was also interesting for those that cannot meditate. The staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable.

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