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Samurai Kembu School in Kyoto: Samurai for a Day - 1 hour lesson -

1 hours
up to 8 people
Japanese ( Professional )


  • Samurai lesson in Kyoto.
  • Discover the traditional performing art of Kembu, practiced by samurai for centuries.
  • Learn from a master instructor how to bow, draw a samurai sword and strike with stylized movements.
  • Enjoy a photo session in costume and receive a certificate!

What to Expect

Adult: 7,000 Yen
Child(5-11yrs old): 6,000 Yen

[Schedule] *Please choose from the three sessions below.
11:15 Theater open
11:30 Lesson start
12:30 Finish
15:15 Theater open
15:30 Lesson start
16:30 Finish
18:15 Theater open
18:30 Lesson start
19:30 Finish

Prepare for battle as you learn the skills of the samurai during this 1-hour class studying the basic techniques of these ancient Japanese warriors.
1-hour session, providing an introduction to the basics of the samurai art.
When your class ends, enjoy a photo session with your samurai costume and receive a certificate of completion. This samurai session also includes an English-speaking guide and instructor and a 'tenugui,' a traditional Japanese towel.

[What You Can Expect]
Study the arts of the samurai, the warrior class that ruled the battlefields of ancient Japan for centuries, during this 1- hour session in Kyoto. Practice the graceful, stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kembu, a samurai performing art that's been perfected over many hundreds of years.

Then suit up in your samurai uniform for the day, including a white belt, Japanese-style socks and, of course, your sword. Start your experience by learning the proper methods to bow, then begin your sword training with an introduction to drawing it and replacing it in its protective scabbard. As you attempt to master this tricky technique, you'll also test out various methods of striking the sword.

Take a moment during your training to suit up in a traditional samurai costume for a short photo session before learning how to wield the sword against a potential opponent. For those that selected the 1-hour session, your experience ends here with a respectful bow to your instructor. Grab your photos and a certificate of achievement before departing.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 11:30 AM , 3:30 PM , 6:30 PM
Meeting Point Our theater
Ending Point Our theater

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

English-speaking local guide/instructor
Photo shoot
Tenugui towel (Japanese traditional towel)
Lesson completion certificate

What‘s not included

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


[Additional info]
Please arrive at the theater at least 5 minutes before the starting time.
Please wear clothes suited for exercise and moving around.
Minimum age is 5 years.

[Required item]
Your contact information.
Lesson participants' name(All the members). Full name please.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 15 days prior to meeting date
  • 80% Refund - 8 to 14 days prior to meeting date
  • 70% Refund - 2 to 7 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 1 day(s) prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - on the meeting date

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Reviews ( 2 )
Florencia Florencia Japan
1 year ago

“ Samurai experience ”

I really really enjoyed the lesson. My instructor was a very knowledgeable lady. As constructive feedback, I encourage her to speak slowly, so enounciating is easier, and more clear. I think that would help the listening for those whose native language isnt english. Overall, the environment was great. There were plenty of instructors making sure we were doing the right moves. It was an outstanding service. After I went, I recommended it to 4 people and they all went to do what I did thing the same week :) Cheers!


Hello. Thank you for visiting Samurai Kembu Theater. I am very glad that I was able to introduce the enjoyment of this performing arts to your family. We practice and everyday teach as a Japanese traditional arts master. And also we will continue to work to convey the culture that the samurai created. I hope the experiences here will be wonderful memories. Thank you very much.

Olive Olive Philippines ( Couple )
2 years ago

“ Experience worth travelling for ”

We went back to Kyoto from Osaka and changed our itinerary for this experience and we were not disappointed. It was an experience worth making a time for.


Thank you for visiting Samurai Kembu Theater. We are happy to hear that you felt comfortable. We hope we can see you again in future.

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