fantastic experience for novices to the samurai. it was interesting and interactive. English translation was excellent. and the sensei even if young was very knowledgeable and heve us a good feeling.
This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of Bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle.
Before being given a real blade it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form.
:::A Real Katana (Japanese sword):::
After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana, and use it to cut though a goza mat. We will place the goza mat vertically on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test.
To wrap up the course you will be learn how to meditate using singing bowls. A singing bowl is a type of bell, the sounds of which help to clear and calm the mind. Though this deep meditation you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life as well.
Approximately 120min ( 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 17:00 )
Our courses are conducted from 10AM, and 3PM. When reserving a spot please select from one of these times. We are happy to negotiate regarding different times or private sessions in the case of large groups and other special circumstances. Please email us in advance and also please be aware that other charges may sometimes be applied.
We generally try to avoid scheduling sessions where there is only one guest. When booking as a solo traveler please be aware that we may contact you regarding changing your reservation to a time where you can join with another person or group.
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Just did two hours samurai experience and it was amazing. We've been shown the sword technique from the house master and then we were allowed to try it ourselves. After that we have been introduced to zen meditation with a brief experience. Very welcoming environment...More
This was an amazing way to get to know a bit about Kyoto and Samurai history - plus you get to handle a real katana sword! The location is a preserved Samurai home with original doors/mats/garden, preserves due to the wife’s relation to the emperor...More
All around great experience!! Not silly or touristy... authentic, informative. Yes you DO get to use a samurai katana!! (With highly professional instruction and with a strong focus on safety. ) photos of the action are emailed to you after or you can take your...More
Me and my wife signed up for the samurai experience during our wedding anniversary. The staff there are fluent in multiple languages and were very friendly and nice to us the whole time. You get training using wooden sword and then use an actual Katana...More