1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto

Kyoto: 2-hour Authentic Samurai Experience

Product ID: 280997
Try out a real Katana (Japanese sword) and experience Samurai culture and Zen meditation in a historical Samurai house in Kyoto. Learn and feel “Bushido” with Katana and Zen through this 2-hour course.
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Starting times 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
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  • Learn how to wield Japanese sword using a real Katana
  • Find out about bushido, the moral code of the Samurai
  • Practice Zen meditation included in the experience
  • Feel the real atmosphere within a 250 year old real Samurai residence
Full description
Get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai during this 2-hour experience in Kyoto. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana (Japanese sword). Afterward, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle.

Start the class with a practice session. Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. Begin your training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form. After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana and use it to cut through a goza mat. Place the goza mat vertically on a special stand so you can put your sword skills to the test.

To wrap up the course you will learn how to meditate using singing bowls. A singing bowl is a type of bell, the sound of which helps to clear and calm the mind. Though this deep meditation, you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword, and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life as well.
  • Samurai sword lesson
  • Zen meditation
  • Rental kimono
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off

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Meeting point

Hankyu Railway Omiya Station, 121 Nishikiōmiyachō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8365, Japan. The host will meet you here and walk you to the class venue (approximately 5 minutes).

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What to bring
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• There are a minimum of 2 people per booking
• Course times are: 10 AM - 12 PM; 1 PM - 3 PM; 3 PM - 5 PM
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The Samurai way - our great experience in Japan! A must if you are interested in sword art, Bushido and Zen and you are going to Kyoto. Our great experience in Japan. Perfect organization, beautiful house, very good explanations and help to practice the exercises. The Samurai team is tremendous professional and incredibly friendly. Yes, we got very nice photos - but more as this - we will remember this wonderful day going the Samurai way for 2h in Kyoto! Thank you to the Samurai team Janos & Angelika

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March 5, 2020

Had an amazing Tim with just a small group of people. The English translator Elle, was so lovely and so were the other workers. Our instructor was really encouraging and helpful and we learnt so much about the samurai and how they came to be and lived in japan.

January 10, 2020

I was afraid this might be cheesy and overly touristy, but it was way more fun and informative than I expected. The staff was super friendly and patient, and I will definitely do this again the next time I come to Japan!

November 10, 2019

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Voyagin, Inc.

Product ID: 280997