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


Tokyo
2 hours
up to 6 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

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.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroki.

  • 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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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Kudanshita station(Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway) Exit 5 (5 minutes walk to the dojo)
Ending Point Kudanshita station

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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.

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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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?

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Reviews ( 41 )
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Julie Julie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Excellent introduction to Japan ”

We had a great day with Hiroki. He picked us up and returned us to our hotel in Kanda. It was our first day in Japan and he gave us an excellent historical and cultural overview of the city. We saw interesting sights and he taught us about how to use the different transportation systems while exploring the city. We will be traveling in the country for a month so it was helpful to learn about food, religion, important words to know where to buy souvenirs for our family. Thank you for a wonderful tour day, Hiroki!

Hiroki:

Dear Julie, Thank you very much for joining my tour of "selected destination in Tokyo to learn about Japanese History and Culture"!! Since the tour includes transportation orientation and its destinations are strictly selected and combined from the perspective of answering your simple but significant questions about Japan effectively, it came to be the most suitable tour for your 1st day in Japan !! And also, today's tour really turned into a meaningful one for me, because I learned a lot from your questions to the point!! Thank you again, and I hope your trip in Japan will be a memorable and wonderful experience for you. Sincerely, Hiroki

Gerald Gerald Australia ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Generous with his time ”

Hiroki was very generous with his time. He had a lot of knowldeg about he history as we asked many questions around japanese traditions

Hiroki:

Dear Gerald , Thank you very much for joining my tour !! The duration of 2 hs quite seemed to be too short for the tour of YANESEN area, but I'm glad you seemed to have had a fun!! I had a great time with you, too !! Especially, your questions to the point activated my brain were so impressive for me !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan !! Best regards, Hiroki

Agnieszka Agnieszka Japan
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ It was nice trip around Tokio ”

Positive tourgide

Hiroki:

Dear Agnieszka, Thank you very much for joining my tour between your international conferences in Japan and posting a nice review despite being busy at work !! Unfortunately, it's a day of unseasonable cold rain and poor visibility, so we had to end the tour skipping over a few highlights, but I'm a little relieved as you enjoyed in its own way. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your colleagues !! Sincerely, Hiroki

Ajay Ajay India ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Short transit trip around Samurai town and Naritasan temple: amazing guide, very helpful and knowlegeable ”

Our experience with Hiroki was simply amazing. He is very knowledgeable about history of the area and patiently and clearly answered all our questions. But most importantly, he is extremely courteous, considerate, prompt and resourceful (we were traveling w/ of 2.5 year old who was a bit riotous at times:-) partly due to jetlag and travel -- but Hiroki was simple amazing in helping us throughout our tour, which involved a lot of walking). Would any day recommend his services to make your trip around the area joyous and memorable!

Hiroki:

Dear Ajay, Thank you very much for choosing my tour for Narita Stopover !! It's considerably tight schedule for 5 hs stopover tour as we toured both Samurai town and Naritasan temple being a bit far apart from each other, but I'm so glad you had a memorable time. And also, I had a great time with you and your family including your cute son !! This time, it's only a few hours stay in Japan on the way back home, but please have Japan in your mind when you plan your travel next !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your wife and son !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Steve Steve Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Walking Tour and Tea Ceremony ”

Hiroki was a wonderful guide and his knowledge and enthusiasm made our tour most enjoyable. We would highly recommend Hiroki to anyone wanting a knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Hiroki:

Dear Steve, Thank you very much for choosing my tour and giving me such a wonderful review!! I'm so happy to hear that you had a most enjoyable time as my happiest moments are when I hear my guests had a memorable time. Actually, I felt as if I passionately talked with my old friend about traditional Japanese culture such as religion, custom, and particularly traditional martial arts during the tour !! And also, thank you so much for giving me a great time. Please enjoy your trip in Kyoto !! Best regards, Hiroki

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