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Highlights

  •   1-hour Samurai performance of Kembu in Kyoto
  •   Watch demonstrations of the traditional art of Kembu and discover the practices of the samurai
  •   Learn about the responsibility of carrying a samurai sword, traditionally given to young warriors during feudal times
  •   See traditional tales played out on stage and hear informative narration (All English)
  •   At the end of Performanse, Take your own photo with a performer

Information

City Kyoto
Meeting Point Samurai Kembu Theater
Ending Point Samurai Kembu Theater
Departure 5:00 PM
Duration 1h
Languages English
Number of people 1 ~ 10
Cancellation Policy Standard
Booking
1h
When?

Adults
Children

27.00 USD

total price

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per person
Adults Children
27.00 USD 18.00 USD

What to Expect

[Price]
Adult: 3,000 Yen
Child(5-11yrs old): 2,000 Yen

[Schedule]
17:00 Theater open
17:15 Show start
18:15 Finish

[Additional info]
Please arrive at the theater at least 5 minutes before the show time.
Please refrain from eating and drinking in the theater.

[Overview]
Learn the arts of the samurai as you enjoy a 1-hour Kembu show, a traditional sword performance celebrating the culture of this ancient Japanese warrior class, in Kyoto. Head to Kyoto’s Samurai Kembu Theater to admire the intricate movements of traditional and new-style Kembu performances, celebrating the legendary stories of Japan’s feudal period. You’ll also hear a fascinating talk before the performance and have time for a photo session with samurai sword and the performers post-show.

- What You Can Expect -
Journey back in time more than 700 years, to Japan’s feudal period, as you enjoy Kembu, a sword performance associated with the country’s samurai warriors. This fascinating show combines the grace, beauty and power of samurai sword practice with a chance to learn about the culture of historic Japan.

Begin your performance at Kyoto’s Samurai Kembu Theater, your arrival coinciding with your selected show time. Before starting the show, take off your shoes (in traditional Japanese style) and find your seat. Your show begins with narration from a performer, who provides an informative introduction to the history and techniques of the traditional art of Kembu.

The show then continues with a series of Kembu demonstrations. Before each demo, you’ll hear a short history lesson about samurai culture, detailing the practices of this enigmatic warrior class that dominated ancient Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries. It’s said that Kembu evolved as a discipline to help samurai boost their courage and focus their minds for the rigors of battle.

During the performance you’ll have the chance to admire both traditional and new-style Kembu rituals, each of which involves a performer who will brandish their sword in a series of intricate movements while reciting samurai poems used before heading to the battlefield. You’ll also learn the art of the Japanese folding fan and discover the meaning behind the ceremony of seppuku (ritual suicide), which is also called hara-kiri.

Finish your immersion into samurai culture with a photo session, take a few candid shots with the performers.


What‘s included

Entrance fees

What‘s not included

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)

Important

Please arrive at the theater at least 5 minutes before the show time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which provider you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which provider you choose.
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