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

by Hiroki
(8) Reviews
2h $ 135 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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135.00 USD

FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up in 23 wards of Tokyo.
$ 9.00

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

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 ( 8 )
Matt Matt United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Tokyo Insider. Samurai and Iron Chef ”

I was traveling with my two daughters ages 11 and 8. It was our first time in Tokyo and we wanted to experience more than than the touristic places which we could readily have access to ourselves. Hiroki was punctual and greeted us at our hotel at 9:00 AM. We proceeded to the Imperial Palace and surrounding grounds. He provided us with an insightful background. From there he took us to the famous Tsukiji fish market. He was familiar with the entire market and gave us a brief history. He guided us to the best knife makers so that we could buy quality Japanese made cutlery knives as well. We then had lunch at one of the genuine Japanese Sushi Restaurants where you would not find too many tourists by the name of Tsukiji Sushisay. After lunch we proceeded to a Lao-do/Samurai dojo tour.... read more

Hiroki:

Matt san, Thank you very much for your detailed review as great as any despite being extremely busy !! I'm really happy to hear that you and your daughters had a great time !!(It makes me happier than anything else!!) And also, I had a great time with you and your daughters talking about not only the destinations but also many extensive topics !! (It's really perfect opportunity for me to exchange cultures, and I felt I became smarter after the tour😄 It's a memorable day for me!!) Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !!!! Hiroki

Sarah Sarah Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Highly recommended! ”

Myself and my two boys (ages 10 & 11) spent the morning with Hiroki at the Samurai experience. He was incredibly kind and helpful. We had trouble navigating the metro system and so jumped in a taxi and Hiroki spoke to the driver on the phone and made sure we got to the right place. He translated the Samurai experience well and it has been the highlight of our trip to Tokyo so far. After the Samurai experience (which I would highly recommend - tweens and teens will love this!) we were heading to the snake cafe. By this time I was very anxious about navigating the rail system and Hiroki not only organised rail cards for us all but even accompanied us on the complicated underground rail system right to the door of the snake cafe to ensure we got there ok. Nothing was ever too much trouble and... read more

Hiroki:

Dear Sarah san, thank you very much for your heartfelt review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time. And also, I had a memorable time with you and your cute and polite sons !! Please enjoy the rest of your days in Japan. I hope to see you and your sons again.Thank you again and stay happy !!

Antony Antony New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Iado cutting lesson ”

Great time and very interesting. Both Hiroki and the Sensei were enthusiastic and patient. We attended as a family. Myself and two girls tried the lesson - successfully too - with a nice feeling of relief and achievement. Can recommend for sure.

Hiroki:

Antony san, Thank you very much for your great review!! I'm really happy to hear that you and your family had a great time!! I and the Sensei had a great time, too!! Because, you and your daughters tried the sword testing(試し切りTameshigiri) with a focused mind to cut the rolled tatami upper layers successfully, and gave us many questions to the point during the viewing of the antique Samurai weapons exhibited in the Dojo. Moreover, all of you learned how to appreciate the beauty of the Wave-Patterns (刃文Hamon) on sword blades using the antique samurai sword to succeed in spotting the tiny martensite crystals forming the upper edge of the Hamon called Boiling(沸Nie)!! Thank you again, and please enjoy tne rest of your stay in Japan!!! Hiroki

Darren Darren Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Trip to Ueno, Yanaka, Owl Cafe and Tokyo central ”

I really enjoyed my experience with Hiroki-san! He was patient, knowledgeable and planned the route well. He was also flexible and had a good grasp of the area. He made adjustments for bad weather swiftly as well and I really learnt a great deal about Japan history and culture with him. He also offers reasonable rates and can come on short notice. I would definitely recommend him to my friends, family and all future tourists to Tokyo!

Hiroki:

Darren san Thank you so much for your great review!! I had a really great time with you, too!! And,I'm so happy to hear your satisfaction!! Since we always do our best for your satisfaction, your great review really encourages us. Thank you again, and have a nice flight!! Hiroki

Christina Christina Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ A personalised 1-1 tour with a private session with a Sensei ”

A TRULY MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! Starting with a hotel pick up, walk to the train station to experience Japan’s amazingly complex and efficient metro train system which led us to a walk on a non-descript Tokyo street off the touristy track. The Iaido experience was more than wielding a historic and genuine katana against a tatami roll. Coming into this with an interest in history, military heritage, blades and forging, it was the 1-on-1 conversations with Sensei Sakaguchi that made it special. The highlight was to be able to touch swords, armour and other weaponry centuries old, including pre-Edo period pieces that had seen actual battle. Hiroko translated beautifully and also took some amazing photos. His passion, interest and pride in his heritage really came through. Memory for a lifetim... read more

Hiroki:

Dear Christina san Thank you very much for your wonderful review !! I’m really happy to hear that it became a memory of your lifetime!! (Those words make me happier than anything else!!) Sensei Sakaguchi always considers how to tailor the most favorable experience to suit each participant’s own needs. That’s why this tour takes the form of a private session with a Sensei focusing on the 1-on-1 conversations with him.(In the case of your session, it’s particularly focused on the appreciation of Japanese swords such as examining of the shape of the blade, appreciating the beauty of the Wave-Patterns called Hamon, etc., since it seemed that you’re very much interested in Japanese swords.) So, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you when you visit Tokyo again. Thank you very much aga... read more

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