Joe

Joe

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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.

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38 Reviews for Joe

  • Michal Michal

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai One of the best tours we have been on
    We have travelled to 42 countries around the world and this is one of the best
    Way to cheap for how much fun we had!!!!

    If you like a kind hearted super amazing skilled 88 year old samaruri
    Who makes you laugh and has great knowledge about Japan
    This is the tour for you
    Ps bring your good walking shoes

    Xx

  • Salina Salina

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai Samurai Joe was energetic and caring. We have 2 kids (8 and 6) and they had as much fun as us. We enjoyed learning the facts and history of Kyoto and Japanese culture.

  • Kimberley Kimberley

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai He was very knowledgeable about just about everything. He told fantastic stories! We were taken around to local stores where we learned a lot about local traditions and crafts. He seems to know everyone and the sword demonstration was fantastic too!

  • David David

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai We took Joe's tour on our first day in Kyoto to get a feel for the city. It was excellent. The amount that we packed into such a short time was quite incredible, sampling food (Sushi, Karaage and others), visiting a shrine and a temple, looking at local crafts, caligraphy (writing our own names) and visiting the imperial palace gardens along with an old tea house. Wow!

    As far as hosts go, you will be hard pressed to find someone as knowledgeable, interesting and as humorous as Joe. His wit is just as sharp as his swords, prepare for demonstrations of both! Highly recommended tour.

  • Nathan Nathan

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai Definately recommend to anyone interested in Kyoto. Very helpful and informative. Worth it!

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