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Experience Katana and Zen in a historical Samurai house in Kyoto. This 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.

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  • Wield a real Katana (Japanese sword)
  • Zen practice (meditation) is included
  • You can learn Bushido (code of Samurai)
  • Place is an old Samurai house

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Hankyu Railway Omiya Station (the exact address will be provided when you book)

Important Information

Bookings are accepted for a minimum of 2 people.

What you need to bring

Comfortable clothes

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Kyoto Samurai Experience
  • 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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Reviews (16)

  • Julie Julie

    Awesome 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!

  • Chavanida Chavanida


    Great experience ever!

  • Olivier Olivier

    Awesome experience !

    It was a fantastic hour spent with master Masato Tabata and his translator. Explanation of the Bushido warrior code, masterful katana demonstration, practice of the sword, meditation and then bamboo flute, it was an amazing experience, highly recommended !

  • Mathieu Mathieu

    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!!

  • Shaun Shaun

    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!

  • Jessica Jessica

    A fantastic experience!

    We had a great time at Kyoto Samurai Experience. The hosts were lovely and informative about bushido and the history of the samurai, swords and the building. And handling a real sword was really fun!

  • Hooman Hooman

    Don't miss!

    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!

  • Marcela Marcela

    Truly authentic samurai experience

    The Kyoto Samurai experience was full of fun, excitement, culture and a bit of history into the life of a samurai and the way of the sword. The tour starts with Elle, our guide, taking us to a house that belonged to a samurai and giving us some brief history about the design of the house and the family that lived there. We were then traditionally greeted by the sword master, where he then goes on to demonstrate his skills before giving us a chance to participate and learn how to hold and use a sword. Finally, we got to listen to the sword master play the Shakuhachi (Japanese style flute) as well as learning and applying the art of Zen meditation. An all-round great experience! Highly recommended!

  • Jonathan Jonathan

    Authentic and Awe-inspiring

    Amazing all around! Very well organized presentation from the samurai and translator both. The house was incredibly authentic, with artistic panels and carvings which date back to the original samurai owner of the house. An incredibly satisfying feeling to actually hit something solid with a sword, and with enough teaching of the technique that my nerves didn't get in the way of the cuts.
    As someone with a meditation practice of my own, the sound of the singing bowls while meditating was a really deep experience, allowing both a distraction and a focus at the same time. We were then treated to a very moving bamboo flute performance, which coupled with the light rain outside really made me connect with the history of this house.
    The young lady who was translating for us (provided by them) did an incredible job, and even though I had a thousand questions she really made it feel as though I was having a conversation directly with the master, and I could even swap jokes with him in this way!
    I would highly recommend this experience to anyone in Kyoto, and if you could have seen the spring in my step as I left you would be all over it!

  • Sara Sara

    So much to learn, so little time!

    An amazing group of people from the outset.
    The guide came and picked me up despite missing the train and being late. The hosts were incredibly understanding and thankfully the class hadn't started yet.
    If you're a true culture geek like me, you will wish you had a whole day with these guys. What an incredible two hours. Very hands on type of experience and the guides were very willing to help with photos etc.
    Thank you so much!

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