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Experience Katana and Zen in a historical Samurai house in Kyoto. This is an excellent chance for visitors to try out a REAL Katana (Japanese sword) and Samurai culture. Through this course, you can learn and feel “Bushido” with Katana and Zen.
- Wield a real Katana (Japanese sword)
- Zen practice (meditation) is included
- You can learn Bushido (code of Samurai)
- Place is an old Samurai house
Hankyu Railway Omiya Station (the exact address will be provided when you book)
Bookings are accepted for a minimum of 2 people.
What you need to bring
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Fluent)
Kyoto Samurai Experience is a perfect program for tourists to try out a real Katana and experience Samurai culture. Through this course, you can learn and feel “Bushido” with Katana and Zen practice.
The Katana you can try out is not a fake, but a real Katana you can cut a Goza mat.
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This is more than just handing you a katana and having you chop a goza mat.
First the setting; this was an actual samurai's house where many of the original construction, wood work and artwork are still intact (I hope they keep it in the house rather than in a museum). Sitting in the room facing the inner courtyard, Tabata-san takes you through the several parts of the course:
-. History of samurai culture and the house
- Demonstration of exercises with the katana
- In the courtyard (wearing the kimono) you start your training with wooden katana.
- You learn how to handle an actual katana sword
- Slicing through the goza mat (several times)..of course the anticipated fun part. They put a go-pro on the top of the mat to view actual video from the mat's pov.
- Back in the room for practicing Zen meditation
- Shakuhachi flute playied by Tabata-san, very moving and when looking onto the historical courtyard, very contemplative.
I was in Japan for work and had a weekend in Kyoto and had been faschinated with the culture and was curious about this. The intent of this course is not to make you into a samurai in 2h, but rather to expose you to the different facets of a samura's life and culture. It is not a tourist gimmick , the other members of my class were Japanese (from Tokyo) and speaking to my Japanese colleages I found out that very few have actually even held a real katana. Tabata-san is expert in the arts in the way of the warrior and I sensed from the moment the course began to when we parted. I can truly recommend this activity when in Kyoto, for the setting, the teacher and the experience.
Best way to experience a 'slice' of traditional Japan
I would highly recommend this experience for anyone who wants to see an intimate demonstration of the traditional Japanese art form at its most raw. Oh, and the sword welding was pretty fun too :)
A dream come true
We were blown away by the hospitality of our host and our interpreter. The entire experience was authentic, friendly, awe-inspiring and so much fun! From touring the house, to understanding the history of the katana sword, to seeing an epic up-and-close live demonstration and finally trying to slice through the bamboo ourselves. Our hosts even set up a GoPro on our bamboo poles and shared really great shots and videos of our experience.
Awesome samurai experience! We used an actual katana to cut a tatami mat said to be of the similar resistance to a person's shoulder! And to top it off, the experience was held at what was a samurai's home several generations ago. Still owned by the same family. Our hosts were very friendly and were happy to explain the traditions and answer any questions. The interpreter met us at the metro station which is a 5 minute walk from the house and spoke perfect English. thanks!
Great experience ever!
An unforgivable experience
This experience was a dream come true for me, I always wanted to know how to use a katana and what should have ask more than to learn this art from a famous master in Japan.
I highly recommend this experience and honestly if I come back to Kyoto I will do it again.
It was an unforgivable experience!!
Authentic Samurai Experience!!!
If you love Samurai, this will easily be the highlight of your trip! Not only do you have the opportunity to see a grand champion in action, he will instruct you on how to use a real sword personally! Both the instructor and interpreter were very gracious. I was also very excited and happy that they accepted our request even on New Years Day!
I would say more, but I think it is better if you try it for yourself. If you're in Kyoto, even for just a day, don't miss this!
I heard about this experience after dining at the Samurai Restaurant (which was great by the way). The experience starts with a tour of the building and an explanation of the art and history behind it. The master then demonstrates the use of the Katana - I was in awe of the grace, respect and ceremony involved. After making short work of a bamboo mat it's our turn to practice. I found this part a lot of fun. Got some great pics and video as well. Next we used a meditation bowl and practices the Zen portion of being a Samurai. Finally the master played a sort of bamboo flute. All in all a great, authentic and fun worthwhile experience!
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