Watch an Evening Samurai show in Kyoto with The Last Samurai

mark of Voyagin Verified

The Voyagin team has screened this host. Learn more

  • photo icon Photos

ONLY for Voyagin guests! 30% OFF Mobile Wifi Service when you travel in Japan!
(Click here for more details)

overview icon Overview

Get to meet Japan's one and only Last Samurai in Kyoto. Watch the art of the Bushido practiced with a real sword and experience the first Samurai Nippon Show that has been seen by more than 130,000 guests and not to be missed.

overview icon Highlights

  • Meet the last samurai in Kyoto.
  • Watch the samurai show in the samurai theatre.
  • Learn the art of the Bushido.
  • Meet Samurai Joe Okada at the Samurai Bar.

overview icon Description

overview icon Meeting Point

2nd floor of Family Mart store, 1 minute walk from Keihan Nanajo Station

Important Information


What you need to bring


Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

I, known as the Last Samurai, am the eldest licensed English speaking tour guide in Japan. I'm also the best Samurai sword entertainer. I've been in the tour guide business for 51 years. The Mayor nominated me as the “Distinguished Master of Kyoto Hospitality” in 2011.

I built up my own only-in-the-world show, “Samurai Nippon Show” in 1977. In 14 years, 130,000 guests attended the show and 50 television programs reported on it, including the US's David Letterman Show and Regis Philbin Morning Show.
My swordsmanship was featured in the Guinness World Records and two of my US students were featured in the Guinness Book in 2005 and 2009.
View full profile read more icon

read more

Review (1)

  • Safeya Safeya

    I cannot recommend this show enough. I had read a few comments about the host, Samurai Joe before deciding to go, but still didn't know what to really expect.
    I headed over to the place and there Samurai Joe was, just chilling before the show, I got to sit down with him and have a chat before he had to go and set up the stage. As it turns out, he had stopped doing the 'evening samurai show' 3 years ago but wanted to start it up again, and though I was the only attendee, he had agreed to go ahead and start it that night because he happened to be in Kyoto that day. Not only was I happy about this, I was extremely honored and grateful. A web blogger had attended to take photos to advertise the show so I got to know her as well.
    The show itself was BRILLIANT. Samurai Joe is a legend and everything was so fun to watch. At one point I had to participate though by holding a bamboo stem so he could cut it in half. I was a bit of a scaredy cat but did it anyway and was so impressed with his skills.
    I don't want to reveal too much about everything else....seriously...BOOK his show if you're in Kyoto! you have to meet this guy.
    I got to sit down with him again at the end of the show for a drink. So much chatting, laughter and joy followed before it was time to leave and say goodbye.
    I'll say it his show! you won't regret it :D