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

by Hiroki
(32) Reviews
2h $ 138 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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138.00 USD

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Extras (optional)

Hotel pick up in 23 wards of Tokyo.
$ 9.20

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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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 ( 32 )
Lee-Ann Lee-Ann United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Tokyo Tour with Hiroki ”

Hiroki San was our local guide in Tokyo for 2 Days. He was excellent and cheerful throughout. Our family of 5 visited many places with Hiroki over 2 days. He planned a personalized itinerary for us. The highlights of which were a personal visit to a Samurai Dojo (Ryuseikan) and Tsukiji Markets (excellent choice for a sushi lunch as well). We absolutely recommend Hiroki as an excellent guide for all things Tokyo.

Hiroki:

Dear Lee-Ann, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time !! I and the Grand Master of the Samurai martial arts dojo had a memorable time, too !! Actually, the personal visit to the Dojo has just made a debut to make guests of various ages enjoy Samurai culture including warrior spirits easily after consulting it with the Grand Master. We're so moved by your family's(including 10 years boy)sincere attitude particularly during the Samurai swords appreciation lesson. I think it'd be unforgettable experience for them. And also, it's so wonderful memory for me to enjoy conversation with your cute and smart children !! Thank you again, and please give your family my best regards !! Yours sincerel... read more

David David Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great Guide with excellent knowledge of Tokyo ”

We had a great afternoon with Hiroki who was very professional and very patient with us as our plane was delayed by 90 minutes so are meeting time was deferred. Hiroki adopted our initial brief to fit our revised timeframe. This started with an introduction to the extensive Metro system to buy tickets for us to use for the next three days. Our tour included the area around the old fish market and its many streets and stalls and an excellent sushi place for lunch. we also visited the Imperial Palace and Yanaka. Hiroki answered all our questions ( even the silly ones) and paced the tour to suit our walking speeds and the time even extended past the planned finishing time. Hiroki -Thanks for great afternoon from David and Margaret ( Australia).

Hiroki:

Dear David, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review !! I'm so glad to hear that the tour was a satisfying one including selected destinations and walking speed for you and your wife !! (Actually, I concerned about your physical conditions as it's just after 11 hs flight!!) And also, I really had a great time with nice couple , and it became really memorable tour for me !! Thank you again, and please give your wife my best regards. Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Stephen Stephen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ One of the best! ”

There is no question that Hiroki is one of the best private guides in Tokyo! He was on-time, courteous, friendly, knowledgable, and organized. Hiroki patiently entertained my questions about Japanese history, culture, religion, and cuisine. I have plans to return to Japan with my family and will make sure to request Hiroki as our guide. I am confident that you will not be disappointed spending a day with Hiroki.

Hiroki:

Dear Stephen, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review!! I really had a great time with you as your extensive questions to the point fullfilled my tour !! Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !! Best regards, Hiroki

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ This is a must do! ”

It was such a wonderful and memorable day spent with Hirokisan. Hirokisan is a fountain of knowledge, not just about samurais, but Japanese history in general. He taught us SO MUCH, from cemeteries to katanas to samurais to dry moats to the Jomon period, and everything in between. Hirokisan made our last day in Japan very special and he is a consummate professional from beginning to end. You have to book this tour, it is unforgettable. Hirokisan, we thank you so much!!!

Hiroki:

Dear Maria, Thank you very for such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time !! And also, I really had a memorable time with you and your husband. Especially, your unexpected but significant questions led me to realize many things related to cultural differences. (I also really enjoyed cultural exchange!!) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband !! Hiroki

Kim Kim United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Iaido tour ”

Hiroki was amazing. Our train in was delayed an hour but he was able to rearrange things so we could continue with our tour. He was s kind and very easy to understand. We had many tours and guides over our two week vacation but Hiroki was the best!!!! We hope to have him again in the future. He also brought us to and fro the event. He even went out of his way to bring back some items to the school that we had brought. He went out his way to help us and was so sincere.

Hiroki:

Dear Kim, Thank you so 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 and your family too!! (Having conversations with all of you was really fun.) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family!! Hiroki

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