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Kyoto Samurai Class: Become a Samurai Warrior

4.9 / 5

34 reviews

Activity provider: Ginbu Co.

Kyoto Samurai Class: Become a Samurai Warrior

Activity provider: Ginbu Co.
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From US$ 51.51 per person

Prepare for battle as you learn the skills of the samurai during a 1-hour class in Kyoto. Study the basic techniques of the ancient Japanese warriors and get an introduction to the samurai art.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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English, Japanese
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Attend a samurai lesson in Kyoto
  • Learn from a samurai master how to bow, draw a sword and strike with stylized movements
  • Enjoy a photo session in your costume and receive a completion certificate
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Study the art of the samurai warrior class that ruled ancient Japan for centuries. Practice the stylized movements that make up the samurai technique as you handle a sword and uncover the discipline of Kembu. Watch a 3-minute film about the basics of the samurai. Then, suit up and take hold of your samurai sword. Learn how to bow before your sword training begins. Discover how to draw it and replace it in its protective scabbard. Get a short photo shoot in your samurai suit, and then discover how to wield the sword against a potential opponent. End with a respectful bow to your instructor, grab your souvenir photos and certificate of achievement before leaving.
  • English-speaking instructor
  • Photo shoot
  • Tenugui" towel (traditional towel from Japan)
  • Completion certificate
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The minimum age for this activity is 5 years old
  • Please wear clothes suited for exercise and moving around
  • Bookings can be cancelled up to 1 day before your class at no charge. Bookings cancelled on the day are subject to a 30% cancellation fee. No shows will be charged 100% of the activity cost
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 34 reviews

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We were treated very courteously and learned a lot with a lot of jokes. For my partner it was probably the highlight of our vacation. The photo shoot in the great, high-quality costumes was a lot of fun and we still received small gifts. Thank you for the great evening!

November 20, 2019

The class was excellent but the staff outside very rude

The samurai class was amazing and the instructor was very interactive. He had a great sense of humour as well. Unfortunately when I was at the class, my wife and two daughters (12 & 6 years) had an awful experience just outside at the reception area. They were waiting for me to finish my class and my daughter wanted water to drink. One of the staff (a pregnant lady) was very rude and even turned off the water - in a country where even tap water is considered safe, its hard to believe someone refusing water, that too to children. My wife left with the kids and they spent their time at a cafe upstairs. I am appalled that someone could be this way about water and that’s why I wrote this review.

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June 3, 2018

My ten year old son and myself had a great time!

October 3, 2019

Product ID: 62137