Learn about the etiquette of samurai classes in feudal Japan and practice some basic Kembu, including how to use the Japanese sword. You can choose a 1-hour session for an introduction to the basics, or upgrade for a 1hour30 session to learn choreographed movements with a sword and folding fan. Top off your experience of this traditional Japanese art with a photo session in costume, and take home a certificate of achievement.
24-hour room service
WiFi in public area
Newspaper in lobby
Il treno partiva alle ore 08:30 dalla stazione di Campo Di Marte, a Firenze. Appena la sera prima avevo salutato mio fratello e finito di sistemare lo zaino da 65L per l'avventura che mi stava aspettando. Ero "pronto". La notte era passata velocemente... come se non avessi dormito. Io, ed i miei genitori, arriviamo in stazione alle 8 puntuali, attraversando Firenze in uno dei pochi (e violenti) temporali estivi.
Make your way to the Samurai Kembu Kyoto dojo, conveniently located in downtown Kyoto, where you’ll meet your instructor for a 1-hour or 1hour30 lesson in the traditional art of Kembu.
Start by watching a three-minute film that introduces you to the general concepts of the samurai, a warrior class that ruled Japan from the 12th to 19th century. After further orientation from your instructor, you’ll put on Japanese-style socks, tie a white belt and receive a sword to be used during your lesson.
After you learn to bow, you’re shown how to draw the curved samurai sword and replace it in the scabbard. Once you’ve mastered this difficult technique, practice ways to strike the sword to make a cutting sound.
Take a break from your samurai training to change into a costume of your choice and enjoy a photo session. Then continue wielding your sword as a samurai would against his opponent during more practice.
If you selected the 1-hour lesson, take a bow to end your session. Before departing the dojo, you will receive a certificate of completion and photos that were taken on-site.
Optional Upgrade: 1hour30 Lesson
If you booked a 1hour30 lesson, continue to learn stylized movements of the samurai, including how to walk and how to use the folding fan if you wish. Complete your session with some challenging Kembu choreography, which you will perform with your sword on stage, accompanied by a poem and music.
English-speaking local guide/instructor
Tenugui towel (Japanese traditional towel)
Lesson completion certificate
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 5 years
Please wear clothes suited for exercise and moving around
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
60 to 90 minutes
TripAdvisor's Customer Reviews
Myself and my teenage son did this activity. We both had a great time, really enjoyable and staff were lovely. Would definitely recommend!
Great instructor and really super experience to learn Samuari sword movements. Recommend this experience for anyone interested in JAPANESE culture, We had a great time and want to repeat again in the future but ONLY with this school!!
It was only a game but represent it a little big dream: samurai for a day. I enjoyed this activity so much and the instructor made me feel like a real samurai. Thanks for the good memories.
This was such a fun experience for our family of 5. I wasn't sure if the kids aged 10, 13 15 would be too embarrassed to perform their choreography but they absolutely loved it.
Our samurai master was very patient but also very funny!
This was a real highlight of our trip and the kids still love watching the videos of our performance.
It was great! I went with my 10 year old nephew and we had so much fun! They were fantastic and there was a lot of time to take pictures as well! Thanks
Really fun and interesting day. We got to practice with swords, get dressed up in full samurai attire, then more practice with swords, practice with fans, then learned a choreographed sequence with the swords. Our teacher was fantastic, very knowledgeable and skilled. My only negative is that we didn't get to cut anything with the swords!
Now for something completely different...! A fun 90 minutes and great pics to last a lifetime. Highly recommend.
We had a great time! We did the 1-hour class and had a wonderful time, the 2-hour class looked really fun. Those of us in the 1-hour class went first we got changed into our Samurai outfits and got our pictures done first, as we were leaving the 2-hour class was learning their choreographed moves. The instructor was great and really funny, and they all spoke English very well. 10/10 would go again.
It was really fun being a samurai for a day. From using the swords to dressing up in kimonos, this was a great experience. It was actually more intense for a two hour lesson than I thought it would be it wasn't just dress up and some basic moves, but a full fledged workout and I actually learned a lot more than I thought I would. The instructor was great.