Joe

Joe

  • 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.

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48 Reviews for Joe

  • Alex Alex

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai Samurai Joe is a must when visiting Kyoto! This wonderful individual knows so much about Kyoto and Japan as a whole. Every location we visited he would give us history and how it came to be so. He's incredibly funny as well; mastered the english language and the jokes here and there hit true. His sword show is amazing as well. The tour takes about a half day and its so worth it. I would do it again when I come to Kyoto in the future.

  • Chelsey Chelsey

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai I have been on this tour twice now and both times were amazing. Samurai Joe's English is amazing and he is a hilarious guy filled will lots of knowledge! He also switches up the tours so you can take this tour multiple times! His sword demonstration is breath taking as always! I strongly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Japan and/or Kyoto!

  • Harold Harold

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai

    Cool Kyoto Walking Tour with the Last Samurai What a wonderful tour! Samurai Joe was a knowledgeable and charismatic tour guide. Our family, including two small children, thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would highly recommend this to anyone!

  • 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.

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