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Feeling Samurai Soul

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 1107 reviews.Tokyo, Japan

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Experience hosted by Yusuke

2.5 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English, Japanese

What you'll do

Learn about the soul of ancient Japan with real sword.

First you'll change the clothes into "kimono" and "hakama" is samurai style. Introducing with tea ceremony Matcha green tea and Wagashi sweets

Next we'll watch a real Japanese katana—a traditional sword used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan.

Then you'll learn how to handle it with unsharpened katana.

We'll also do a traditional Zen meditation.It called "Rituzen".

After doing meditation, you will be calm mind and you can cut one bundle of straw with real sword. Through using with real katana yourself, you can feel one part of swordsmanship as samurai.

Lastly, you'll watch a performance using real katana by host. We'll discuss what we've seen and learned over tea. This experience has no flashy production and luxury, but you can feel the "real". You can enjoy not only training but also total samurai culture with this time.

More than over 50country, 2000 people joined in a year. From families, couples to martial artists, various people touched and enjoyed the “real” samurai world!

If you bring a camera, you can taking some pictures of samurai pauses which learning in this experience!
Learn about the soul of ancient Japan with real sword.

First you'll change the clothes into "kimono" and "hakama" is samurai style. Introducing with tea ceremony Matcha green tea and Wagashi sweets

Next we'll watch a real Japanese katana—a traditional sword used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan.

Then you'll learn how to handle it with unsharpened katana.

We'll also do a traditional Zen meditation.It called "Rituzen".

After doing meditation, you will be calm mind and you can cut one bundle of straw with real sword. Through using with real katana yourself, yo…

Yusuke's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Food
    Please let me know if you have any allergies.
  • Drinks
    Matcha tea
  • Equipment
    Kimono, hakama & katana.
    Japanese traditional style kimono&hakama. Uns...
From $93
/ person
Wed, Aug 5
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$93 per person
$93 per person
Wed, Aug 5
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
$93 per person
$93 per person
Fri, Aug 7
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$93 per person
$93 per person

Meet your host, Yusuke

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 1107 Reviews
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I am a teacher and performer who uses Japanese swords to express the heart of ancient Japanese tradition, something that cannot be found in museums or TV and web. My Passion is spreading the real spirits of samurai to the world. I have practiced swordsmanship for 14 years. I have a master grade 5th dan and black belt in sword martial arts “Tou-dou”. I also play Japanese style bamboo flute, sometimes with my partner. I have taught and shown sword skills to over 2,000 people from all over the world. I’m a first prize winner of tournament for sword skills(All japan “Toudou” big competition 2018)
I am a teacher and performer who uses Japanese swords to express the heart of ancient Japanese tradition, something that cannot be found in museums or TV and web. My Passion is spreading the real spirits of samurai to the world. I have practiced swordsmanship for 14 years. I have a master grade 5th dan and black belt in sword martial arts “Tou-dou”. I also play Japanese style bamboo flute, sometimes with my partner. I have taught and shown sword skills to over 2,000 people from all over the worl…
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Where you'll be

The venue is an old Japanese house. It's located near the Skytree, you can also reach at there 20minuites by a walk. We are learning about katana was made 200years ago, and leaning how to handle, how to slash, how to pose. After learning, we'll do a meditation, and doing "Tameshi girl" is cutting bundle of straw. It's like a Zenworld, it is combination with your mind, body and a sharp katana. You may feel the samurai,outer and inner of yourself.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 1107 reviews.

Cliff
March 2020
A really great experience all around. Yusuke and Makoto were super helpful and knowledgeable. They went above and beyond explaining the culture and patiently taught us each step.
Jesse
March 2020
Excellent experience with Yusuke - it was fantastic for all who participated. He knows the samurai history and his knowledge of sword making and use is superb.
Nate
March 2020
Yusuke and the Samurai experience was super unique and I highly recommend it. There were so many things packed into one session from giving history of the samurai, tea ceremony, zen meditation, skills training, and then the actual cutting of hay itself. All was great and loved the way that Yusuke made it more of a communal experience where everyone was given an opportunity to participate and get to know each other throughout. Kudos! A must if you're in Tokyo.
Yusuke and the Samurai experience was super unique and I highly recommend it. There were so many things packed into one session from giving history of the samurai, tea ceremony, ze…
Matt
March 2020
It was a life long dream to wield a real katana and slice through some targets! It’s a wonderful experience he is sharing and I am especially glad he has provided us this opportunity. Thank you Yusuke! You a wonderful person and a wise teacher:)
It was a life long dream to wield a real katana and slice through some targets! It’s a wonderful experience he is sharing and I am especially glad he has provided us this opportuni…
James
March 2020
Awesome experience!!! Yusuke was a most accommodating sensei and displayed a true practitioner’s knowledge and passion for the samurai culture. I’d absolutely recommend this experience to anyone interested in getting first hand knowledge on samurai lifestyles and swordsmanship!
Awesome experience!!! Yusuke was a most accommodating sensei and displayed a true practitioner’s knowledge and passion for the samurai culture. I’d absolutely recommend this experi…
Cecilia
March 2020
Fue una experiencia maravillosa! Una bocanada de cultura, volvería a vivir la experiencia con Yusuke es muy amable y tiene mucho conocimiento que no duda en compartir.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Please be prepared for a serious experience involving concentration and real swords. Please do not drink alcohol.
Please come to the venue about 20minutes before meeting up time for wearing kimono.

What to bring

Please wear or bring light clothes like T-shirts for wearing under kimono.