Kyoto Samurai Experience
Kyoto Samurai Experience
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of Bushido ("The Way of the Warrior") and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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KMH
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We had a brilliant time on the samurai experience. The guides were lovely & the samurai were very impressive. Would definitely recommend.
Written 8 May 2024
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neda n
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My Samurai experience in Kyoto was unforgettable. The staff's passion for history and their expert guidance made every moment engaging and educational. From the traditional attire to the intricacies of swordplay, it was an authentic and memorable journey through Japanese culture. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Kyoto!
Written 7 May 2024
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Bassam19
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such an awesome experience and the people there were extremely friendly and helpful. Learning to be a samurai was an incredible feeling. Thank you
Written 27 April 2024
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wterry2
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent experience. Added bonus they take photos for you during the experience. Especially enjoyed the zen meditation at the end!
Written 26 April 2024
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juliainnyc
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Excellent afternoon spent in Kameoka. Fun & informative activity to do with a teenager. Instructor was patient and kind.
Written 25 April 2024
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Emma C
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Learning about the history of the Samurai was fascinating, well explained by native English translators. Won’t spoil the surprise but it’s exactly what you need to do when in Kyoto, whether you’re an adult or a child this experience caters to all ages !
Written 19 April 2024
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EllisHaigh
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
One of the best things we did on our 2 weeks trip to Japan. All guides involved were super friendly, passionate and knowledgable which all led to a great experience for all of us involved.

We were made to feel so comfortable from the beginning and the session did not feel rushed and it was really nice to hear some background of the samurai before the practical side of the activity. The zen meditation at the end was another great experience that was done so beautifully by the guides. Would definitely recommend!
Written 14 April 2024
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Eleanor & Jake
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An incredible experience and would highly recommend. A lot to learn about the history of the Samurai within the home of a previous Samurai; a demonstration of Iaido; an opportunity to practice before using a real sword to cut the mats all dressed in traditional outfits; and a short meditation to finish. A very well organised experience with English speaking/translating guides. A beautiful setting that feels really authentic. Probably one of our highlights of our Japan trip. Worth every penny.
Written 9 April 2024
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Bénédicte L
Paris, France6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing experience ! We enjoyed every minute of it !!! Our kids were so excited by the experience :) the team is doing a great job and is very friendly
Written 8 April 2024
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R B
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed getting to dress up and learn a little history and play with swords! We got to cut a rolled up mat into pieces!
Written 6 April 2024
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