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“An amazing experience indeed.”

Kyoto Samurai Experience
Ranked #1 of 129 Classes & Workshops in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Kyoto Samurai Experience 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 4 April 2018

The gate opens and a traditional and beautiful Japanese house greets you. Once you enter this place, you are magically taken away to another world. From the traditional sliding doors, to the gorgeous paintings on the walls and then the grand Samurai Armour on display. You can't help but stand in awe. The hosts in true Japanese manner are very polite and welcoming. You then get to put on a 'Hakama'. A traditional Japanese clothing worn by the Samurai. You feel like a kid in a candy shop. You are given a tour of the house, and are told about it's history and about it's former Samurai owner. You are then led to another sliding door and it's time to meet the 'Master'. The door opens and it begins...

An absolutely wonderful and memorable experience. Two thumbs up to the team. Excellent customer service.

Thank Rohan D
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KSE_Staff, お客様担当マネージャー at Kyoto Samurai Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you very much for a wonderful review!!

What you've written for us is just too perfect. We will work harder so that more guests will be satisfied too.

We hope to see you again someday. Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The Samurai experience was such a great day, from the host coming to get you to how welcoming they are, the Master was encouraging us to take photos and asks questions as often as we liked, the instructions were well explained. If I could do it each day while I was there I would have. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Kyoto. Getting to be inside a 150 plus year old Samurai house was just brilliant. Thank you to all involved.

1  Thank OzzieViking
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KSE_Staff, お客様担当マネージャー at Kyoto Samurai Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you very much for a wonderful review!!

We were very happy to meet you. Also very honored to be a part of your trip in Japan.

We hope to see you again someday. Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Interesting experience in a 250 year old Samurai home, and informative insight into the Samurai tradition. Handling the katana was the highlight as we followed the Master’s specific instructions. It’s all much harder than it looks but we managed to slice through the bamboo mat roll! Shojo our translator was lovely and very good with all our questions. All in all an integral part of the Kyoto experience.

1  Thank Bebya3
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KSE_Staff, お客様担当マネージャー at Kyoto Samurai Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Thank you very much for your review!!

We are very happy that we could do a private lesson for your beautiful family.
We wish you the best for your trip in Japan.

We hope to see you again someday. Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend experience! Not only you’ll get to swing a real katana but you’ll learn a thing or two about the culture of it AND you’ll look good doing it!
An amazing team! Very passionate and absolutely pleasure to deal with.
Thank you guys so much and keep up the amazing job!

1  Thank Anastasia K
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KSE_Staff, お客様担当マネージャー at Kyoto Samurai Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thank you very much for a wonderful review!!

You both looked great in your hakamas, and you were wonderful guests too.
We hope that our activity was a chance for you to learn deeper about the samurais.

We hope to see you again someday. Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

While in Japan my girlfriend surprised me booking the Kyoto Samurai Experience and the whole experience was a dive in Japanese traditional culture.
We were picked up at the subway station by Shogo, one of the surprisingly young and knowledgeable staff and English translator, who walked us to the KSE place, inside a former Samurai house of Kyoto. Once I was dressed up in traditional samurai clothes, the small group (5 people in total) was introduced to master Tabata, who explained us about Samurai culture, Katana and thought us the basic movements to strike with this deadly sharp sword. As if this wasn't already exciting, I had the chance to try the newly learned move and cut a straw pipe!! It was a thrilling experience. Afterwards Master introduced us to some very basic Zen meditation and made us relax and try meditate ourselves helped by the hypnotic sound of musical bells. This was a calming and soothing moment, after all the adrenaline built up trying the Katana.

The whole day was absolutely spotless, everything was run very smoothly, the all staff members were young and knowledgeable and extremely kind and delightful....they even presented me with a cute Sakura birthday card...so sweet :-)!!

It was a pleasure and a honor witness how the young staff and master are passionate in spreading and preserving the Japanese culture. I cannot do anything else but recommend them to anyone!!!

Thank Faub81
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