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  1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Samurai Kembu Theater

Kyoto: Samurai Kembu Sword Dancing

Product ID: 67051
Learn the art of the Samurai warriors at a 1-hour Kembu show in Kyoto. Be amazed at the grace and techniques of a traditional sword dance that celebrates the ancient culture of Japan's warrior class.
About this activity
Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn the art of Kembu
  • Watch amazing sword dance demonstrations and discover the practices of the Samurai
  • Hear about the responsibility of carrying a Samurai sword
  • See traditional tales played out on stage with an informative English narration
  • Take your own photo holding a sword with a performer
Full description
Journey back in time more than 700 years to Japan's feudal period and see a sword dance that celebrates the legendary Samurai warriors through grace, beauty, and power.

Arrive at the Samurai Kembu Theater and take off your shoes in accordance with the local traditions. Take your seat to listen to a performer narrate an informative introduction about the history and techniques of Kembu. Watch a series of Kembu demonstrations, each with a short history lesson about Samurai culture between the 12th and 19th centuries.

Admire traditional and new-style Kembu rituals, each involving a performer who will brandish their sword in a series of intricate movements while reciting Samurai poems used before heading to the battlefield.

Learn the art of the Japanese folding fan and discover the meaning behind the ceremony of seppuku (ritual suicide). Finish your immersion into Samurai culture with a photo session holding a sword with the performers.
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional gratuities

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Important information
Know before you go
• Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
• Wear comfortable clothes
• While the introduction lesson to the basics of the art of Samurai is operated as usual, due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Samurai Kenbu Show is currently discontinued until further notice
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Very good!

The show it self was very good! You could clearly see that those guys are masters! Thank you so much!! I look forward to come back and see show again!! They just started i think, and need to expand area of bulding and add more effects to the show. But over all i recomend it warmly!

April 3, 2019

Brilliant theatrical experience - not to be missed

Perfect for a family as the performances were like a series of short stories which were narrated in English and included samurai sword ceremonies, fights, ninja displays and much more. The photo session at the end where you get to hold the swords and take a few swings is also a lot of fun.

December 15, 2017

Simply wonderful

July 20, 2019

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Samurai Kembu Co.

Product ID: 67051