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Learn Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship in Tokyo

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Learn more about Japanese samurai swords and their use during this unique class with a professional instructor! Try the Japanese sword yourself and feel like a real samurai

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  • Discover the wonderful world of Japanese samurai swords
  • Become a samurai by learning the sword techniques
  • A professional instructor will teach you in this class
  • Classical Iaijutsu training in Tokyo

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Please chose from here: a park in Tokyo, a temple or a shrine of Satoyama, a gymnasium (with additional fee), a traditional dojo (with additional fee)


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What you need to bring

Clothes and shoes that you are comfortable to move around.


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

I have been learning martial art since I was little, and now I am a Kendo and Laido professional . I would like to welcome anyone who is interested in Kendo and Laido to discover the secrets of martial art.


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Reviews (35)

  • Sarah Sarah

    Takara is Wonderful

    I have already practiced the movements on my own 10 times. It was fun, of course, but also surprisingly calm. Thank you, Takara!

  • Therese Therese

    A fun introduction to traditional swordfighting

    This was a fun rainy day activity. My boyfriend and I were picked up by Takara and one of his assistants and taken to a dojo. It was a nice alternative to the park because it was raining so much that day. We practiced with wooden swords: breathing, movements, footwork, focus and arm swings. It was a good introduction, but we wished we had more than an hour to get more into it. It was quite special at the end to hold a real 500-year-old sword and look at how it is made and put together. Takara's English is very good, and the lesson felt genuine (not a tourist gimmick). Thanks!

  • Ervina Ervina

    Superb!!!

    Master Takara's teaching assistant, Kato san was superb! His English is good, he expresses himself well and is also very patient. The only thing that's problematic is that some of the movements require what seems to me like complex arms and legs coordination; which I am not good at. Nevertheless, Kato San realizes my struggles and teaches me techniques that I can manage, making the class an enjoyable and memorable one for a novice like me. I would highly recommend Master Takara's class to anyone who would like to experience Japanese traditional swordmanship. *(Note: the photos were taken after the class ended with me and Kato San striking a pose with his katana. During the class, a wooden sword is used instead).... Thank you Master Takara and Kato san for such a rewarding experince!!

  • Irene Irene

    Amazing experience amongst the sakura!

    This was an excellent activity to do in Tokyo. Our host and his assistant were both professional, friendly and helpful. They really gave us a taste of traditional sword skills during the 2 hour private lesson. We happened to have our lesson outside in a park which just added to the atmosphere. I highly recommend this activity and will be sending all my friends here. The lesson is reasonably active so don't wear clothing that is overly warm!

  • Cynthia Marie Cynthia Marie

    Fun sword lessons

    My son had a great time during his 2-hour lesson. Thank you, Takara and Toshi for being patient teachers!

  • Jomkwan Jomkwan

    The lesson was nothing less than amazing. master Takara is very kind and patient man. I would say his english is above beginner level. Our lesson is 2 hours long which I would recommend for anyone because time flies by really fast. Beside the standard moves, I also learned iai which is something like quick draw for cowboy (I think). It is pretty sweet!!

    Since you already opened this page, here is my
    ***CONCLUSION***
    ***DEFINITELY TRY***

  • Lisa Lisa

    I was only in Tokyo for a few days but wanted to try the swordmanship. I was extremely pleased with the experience. Takara was very quick to fit me into his schedule and a patient teacher given it was a first time experience for me. The surroundings were serene and casual and very comfortable in general. I would highly recommend anyone this experience as a must for a Tokyo trip!

  • Jessica Jessica

    The class was great! We really enjoyed Takara's teaching, he is really good and passionate about what we does. He showed us some cutting moves and also he showed us how to proper handle a sword. He sent someone to pick us up at the station and take us to the dojo, and at the end of the class he took us to the station and made sure that we took the correct train back.

  • astrid astrid

    Fantastic experience and even though we were late, the host was good enough to still let us participate. I highly recommend it!

  • Didrik Didrik

    A lot of fun! You actually got to learn real techniques which I didn't really expect. If I was to do it again I would definitely go for a 2 hour session, 1 hour felt like no time at all. Takara was a really nice guy, very patient and helpful.

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