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Samurai Juku Sword Experience

sword fighting

Samurai Juku Sword Experience

118 reviews
25 recent guests said this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
sword fighting

Samurai Juku Sword Experience

sword fighting

Samurai Juku Sword Experience

118 reviews
25 recent guests said this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

*Dress in Kimono and Hakama, the clothes of the Samurai. *Learn about the history of Samurai and their swords. *Watch a performance of "Iaido" (the art of swordsmanship) by a master swordsman. *Learn about posture, and how to hold, sheathe and unsheathe a sword. *Master a few basic sword moves using practice swords. *Wield a real samurai sword to cut a roll of tatami (straw matting). *Guests can take short videos and photos throughout the experience.

Your host

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Dale

Originally from the UK, I have lived in Kyoto for over a decade. I am a professional Japanese armourer and, along with my amazing team, I love sharing Japanese culture with the rest of the world. Kawata-san is Samurai Juku’s Iaido master. Hailing from long line of Samurai, Kawata has practiced the art of Japanese swordplay since he was a boy. Over the years he has won some of Japan’s most prestigious Iaido awards, and attained the title ‘Renshi’ (far higher than black belt). We both look forward to welcoming you to Samurai Juku.

What's included

Equipment
*Swords. *Clothing (Kimono and Hakama). *We also provide traditional white socks called "Tabi". After the session, guests can…

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Where you'll be

Samurai Juku is located above an ancient armorer in the heart of Kyoto, close to Nijo Castle, the seat of power for the Shoguns in the old capital. Sessions are performed inside our "dojo" (training room), but if the weather permits we will use the real swords out in the garden.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. *Children 5 years old and under cannot participate in the experience. *Children 6-13 can use wooden swords. *Children over 14 years old can fully…

More tips

*If you wish to observe only, the cost is 5000 yen (this can be paid on the day). *We use real swords, so safety is our top priority. *The experience is for those over 14 years old. 6-13 years olds can use a wooden sword. *Please let us know if you have a disability or need special arrangements.

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Samurai Juku Sword Experience
118 reviews
From $94/person
118 reviews
From $94/person