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Private Iaido experience to learn Samurai spirit near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!!

by Hiroki
(22) Reviews
2h $ 137 per person

Highlights

  • Experience the samurai spirits through Sizan(Test cutting with real Japanese sword produced in the Medieval Ages) in the authentic Iaido dojo in the center city of Tokyo(Kudanshita,Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)!!
  • Enjoy a kind of antique weapons collection tour during the break time!!
  • Capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!! (Commemorative photographing(dressed like a Samurai holding a Japanese sword), Photography allowed during the class, Dojyo staff films your attempt!!)
  • Amazing demonstration performed by Head Master of the school!!(See the video)

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136.50 USD

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Hotel pick up in 23 wards of Tokyo.
$ 9.10

Overview

Learn the SAMURAI spirit!! Authentic Iaido experience near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!!
[The venue:”Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouho” dojo("The art of drawing the sword and Military tactics")]
※You'll slip back in time to the Edo Period in dojo filled with the nostalgic air of Samurai, where you will experience the samurai spirit through Test cutting of Sizan with real Japanese sword.

What to Expect

《You can experience Test cutting of Shizan(to be detailed later)which is most suitable for learning the Samurai spirits. Moreover,old swords produced in the 15th to 16th centuries, which are said to have excellent sharpness ever, are used!!》
Mugairyu school Iai, the classical samurai art of drawing the sword was created by the founder of Mugairyu school,
Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi(1648~1727). Mugairyu was exceedingly practical Iai to be useful for actual combat.
Additionally,considering the importance of the mental aspects of swordsmanship, Gettan joined the Zen seminary at KYUKOU-ji temple and studied under the famouse SEKITAN Zen bishop.
Incidentally, KYUKOU-ji temple near Shibuya station was founded on Azabu-Sakurada-cho in Edo(present Nishi-Azabu,Minato Ward, Tokyo)in 1650,and reportedly relocated to current location in the early 1700's.
Gettan was finally spiritually awakend with Zen Bishop Sekitan's help in the 19th year of his Zen study. For this reason, this temple is worshipped as the birthplace of "Mugai-ryu".
Gettan and his Mugai-ryu became so famous in its day. Not only samurai but also Daimyo or feudal lord joined this school. And, Mugai-ryu greatly flourished especially among high class samurai including Shogun’s retainers during the Edo Period(1603~1868).
Head Master of the school who restored the old Iai-swordsmanship style with a historical background under the school name of “Edo-Mugairyu-Iai Hyouhou” directly teaches you the Samurai spirit through Shizan(Test Cutting)modified for beginner!!
Shizan refers to the Test Cutting,which is a practice of cutting a simulated target(rolled tatami mat top layers of being soaked in water to add density) with a descending diagonal cut from the upper right to the lower left using a real Japanese sword from unsheathed position.
Shizan was popularized in the Edo Period for testing the quality of Japanese swords.
This practice requires practitioner’s concentration and courage, as might be expected of a practice performed with a real Japanese sword.
Head Master of "Edo-Mugairyu-Iai Hyoho", who is placing high value on the mental aspects of Swordsmanship like Gettan, created this Shizan experience program to provide beginners the opportunity to try Shizan and to be exposed to the samurai spirit while sufficiently giving consideration to the safety of the attempt.
And,Head Master himself spoon-feeds you considering an individual difference such as physical conditions and a physical strength!!
For example…
A towering figure…
An affectionate Madam…
A cute ten-year old boy…
A fine gentleman in his 80's…
Literally,anybody without regard to the age and gender can enjoy this Iaido lesson!! (See the video)
Success in the attempt doesn't matter, because this program's purpose lies the experience of the Samurai spirit!!
Just feel the Samurai spirit trying test cutting seriously with a real Japanese sword !!

Additionally,while commemorative photographing(dressed like a Samurai holding a Japanese sword)is of course carried out, you may also take pictures during the experience program and dojyo staff films your attempt!!
That’s why you can capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!!

Furthermore,you can enjoy a kind of antique weapons collection tour during the break time!!
In addition,those are not replica but genuine ones which are supposed to be exhibited in museums!! And, unlike museums, you can film them and even touch them!!

After the lesson,amazing demonstration performed by Head Master of the school is waiting for you!!(See the video)

So, see you in the dojo!!

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Highlights

  • Experience the samurai spirits through Sizan(Test cutting with real Japanese sword produced in the Medieval Ages) in the authentic Iaido dojo in the center city of Tokyo(Kudanshita,Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)!!
  • Enjoy a kind of antique weapons collection tour during the break time!!
  • Capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!! (Commemorative photographing(dressed like a Samurai holding a Japanese sword), Photography allowed during the class, Dojyo staff films your attempt!!)
  • Amazing demonstration performed by Head Master of the school!!(See the video)

Important

Please send me message for inquiry about availability for activities regardless of the Availability Calendar.

◆Check for availability
Thank you for your interest in booking my tour!!
Please use the mail form ”contact Hiroki” above to inquire about availability for your desired date and session. And,I’ll email you a valid availability for them within 2 hours!!
☆The lesson lasts approximately 90 minutes.(Duration includes moving time from Kudanshita station to the dojo(5 minutes walk one way) and time to change your clothes)
[Schedule] Please choose from the three sessions below.(adjustable within 30 minutes or so)
1)
10:00 Lesson start
11:30 Finish
2)
13:00 Lesson start
14:30 Finish
3)
15:00 Lesson start
16:30 Finish

You'll try Shizan(Test Cutting with real Japanese sword) to learn the Samurai spirit.
Shizan refers to a practice of cutting a simulated target of rolled tatami mat top layers.
This practice requires practitioner’s concentration and courage, as might be expected of a practice performed with a real Japanese sword.
Head Master of "Edo-Mugairyu-Iai Hyoho" created this Shizan experience program to provide beginners the opportunity to try Shizan and to be exposed to the samurai spirit while sufficiently giving consideration to the safety of the attempt.
And,Head Master himself spoon-feeds you considering an individual difference such as physical conditions and a physical strength!!
That's why you can try this practice without worrying about your physical strength and experience, but please follow faithfully the instructions given by the master !! read more

What‘s included
guide fee,Lesson fee(instruction by master, assistants), Rental Samurai sword and Iaido outfit, transportation fee(guide)
What‘s not included
Transportation fee(you): From your place to Kudanshita station,Hotel pick up: if you needed
Meeting Point
Kudanshita station(Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway) Exit 5 (5 minutes walk to the dojo)
Ending Point
Kudanshita station
Duration
2 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 22 )
Meredith Meredith Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Private Laido Experience: Excellent ”

We learned a great deal about Samurai weapons and armour in our half day experience. The knowledge and experience of everyone involved was superb and the opportunity for us was really unique and special. Thank you Hiroki!

Hiroki:

Dear Meredith, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving us such a wonderful review !! I and the Iai master had a impressive and great time too !! Since we're discussing over the lesson contents for the foreign tourists' better understanding of the SAMURAI culture all the time, your review greatly encourages us !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Joanne Joanne Japan ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Absolutely wonderful guide in Tokyo! ”

I couldn't recommend Hiroki highly enough! He is very accommodating with tailoring your time together to fit all the things you want to see. We asked all sorts of questions and Hiroki was a wealth of knowledge and very charming. It was a pleasure to meet him and I will be sure book his services again!

Hiroki:

Dear Joanne, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review!! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time. I had a great time with you, too!! From visiting historic sites to the table talking and shopping, it's the most memorable tour for me!! I'm really looking forward to seeing you again!! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Glenda Glenda Canada ( Couple )
Good
3 weeks ago

“ Sakura City Tour ”

Hiroki is a lovely and very accommodating guide. Sakura City is a location that is not frequented by international travellers, but that is unfortunate. Sakura City was a wonderful way to see Samurai houses, a bamboo forest and a fantastic, recently renovated museum.We thoroughly enjoyed our day, many thanks Hiroki!

Hiroki:

Dear Glenda, Thank you very much for the nice review despite being unfavorable condition such as bad weather, slippery steep slopes, the partly closed Samurai houses for the occasion etc. I really enjoyed the conversation with you and your husband !!(Not only Japanese history and culture, but also social problems in Japan etc.) Please enjoy rest of days in Japan and if there's anything I can do to make your trip more memorable one, please don't hesitate to contact me !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Paul Paul United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Wonderful day ”

Can’t begin to say what a fantastic day we had , punctual , friendly and explained out needs to the iaido master wonderfully

Hiroki:

Dear Paul, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review despite being busy just before leaving Japan!! I and the Iai master are so happy to hear that the Iai-do experience became memorable one for you and your family !! And also, your sincere attitude including the great son's genuine passion for Iai-do affected the master deeply!!! We hope you have another chance to come back to Japan and visit the dojo again. Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Rema Rema United States ( Family )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Local guide ”

Hiroki was easy to talk to and was unfazed by our requests and questions. We followed the itinerary as described at time of purchase of services, but had to curtail due to my severe allergies. We asked questions about Tokyo and Japan that go beyond what is readily available on line and Hiroki answered these as well he could. For us the highlights included an excellent lunch at Tsukiji and the boat ride.

Hiroki:

Dear Rema, Thank-you very much for the nice review!! Your extensive and sharp questions gave me during my tour greatly activated my brain!! It's just one day, but I felt to be smarter than before !! There's no wonder your son became a excellent scientist in Cambridge !! I felt greatly honored to receive such a good review from you!! I hope to see you and your son again!! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

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