Samurai Sword Dance Lesson and Show at Samurai Kembu Theater in Kyoto

Family posing in samurai outfits in Kyoto

Fun for the whole family too.

Step into the Samurai Kembu Theater and experience the traditional culture of the sword. Wear a kimono as you watch an artistic performance by the masters.

  • Family posing in samurai outfits in Kyoto
  • Kembu sword fighter in a ready stance
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  • Traditional Kembu sword fighting
Samurai Kembu is a traditional performing art with a Japanese sword (katana) and a Japanese fan. The word ‘Kembu’ means literally ‘sword dance.’ In feudal times samurais danced with their swords and fans to give themselves courage or to achieve mental concentration. In the movie "The Last Samurai" you can see actors performing kembu on the day before the battle. Usually samurai kembu perform with background music, to create a beautiful moving performance!
Learn the basics of performing and martial art form, assisted by friendly professional teachers and get a unique taste of Japan's traditional culture.
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Price
Package A : Full Lesson with Costume & Demonstration
1 Select a date
2 Select the amount (participants, hours, vehicles, etc.)
You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 15.
Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 92.29
USD 92.29
Child (Age 5-11)
USD 83.06
USD 83.06
Adult observer (Age 12 & over)
USD 36.92
USD 36.92
Child observer (Age 5-11)
USD 27.69
USD 27.69
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Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 92.29
USD 92.29
Child (Age 5-11)
USD 83.06
USD 83.06
Adult observer (Age 12 & over)
USD 36.92
USD 36.92
Child observer (Age 5-11)
USD 27.69
USD 27.69
  • Family posing in samurai outfits in Kyoto
    Fun for the whole family too.
Approximately 3 hours

In this program you can experience a full kembu lesson with a chance to try on a traditional costume as well as a watch a show performed by Kembu Masters.

This is the most popular full scale program. The swords are not sharp and smaller costumes are available so anyone from the age of 5 years old can participate.
Lesson:
- You will learn the general knowledge of samurai and samurai kembu.
- Choose your samurai costume and put it on.
- In this lesson you can learn about, and practice, some aspects of the etiquette of samurai classes as well as practice basic kembu, including how to use the Japanese sword. In the full lesson you have the opportunity to learn a variety of moves with the sword. You can also experience how to use the folding fan if you wish.

Demonstration:
- The one hour stage show is performed by the masters, accompanied by apprentices of the kembu masters.
- After the Demonstration you can take pictures with the masters.
- You will get a certification and a small present.
  • Duration: 3 - 3.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Kimono / Photo service / English-speaking instructor / Japanese-speaking instructor / Lesson & Demonstration Fees
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Starting time: 11:00 17:00
Starting time: 11:00 17:00
  • 11:00 Meet at Samurai Kenbu Theater
  • 11:15 Samurai Sword Lesson
    Family posing in samurai outfits in Kyoto Get to grips with this artistic martial dance form, and learn some of the basic sword techniques of Kembu! You can choose to wear a kimono too.
  • 13:15 Samurai Kenbu Show
    Traditional Kembu sword fighting Watch the Kembu masters perform a powerful and elegant demonstration of samurai Kembu, and marvel at their skill!
  • 14:15 Tour Ends at Samurai Kenbu Theater
Package detail / Schedule
Package B : Short Lesson with Costume & Demonstration
1 Select a date
2 Select the amount (participants, hours, vehicles, etc.)
You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 15.
Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 73.83
USD 73.83
Child (Age 5-11)
USD 64.60
USD 64.60
Adult observer (Age 12 & over)
USD 32.30
USD 32.30
Child observer (Age 5-11)
USD 23.07
USD 23.07
Instant ConfirmationUSD 0.00USD 0.00
USD 0.00
USD 0.00
Total:
*The price is subject to change depending on the start time or add-on(s) you choose.
Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 73.83
USD 73.83
Child (Age 5-11)
USD 64.60
USD 64.60
Adult observer (Age 12 & over)
USD 32.30
USD 32.30
Child observer (Age 5-11)
USD 23.07
USD 23.07
  • Traditional Kembu sword fighting
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Approximately 2 hours

In this program you can experience a light kembu lesson with a chance to try on a traditional costume, as well as watch a show performed by Kembu Masters.
The swords are not sharp and smaller costumes are available so anyone from the age of 5 years old can participate.
Lesson:
- You will learn the general knowledge of samurai and samurai kembu.
- Choose your samurai costume and put it on.
- You will learn about and practice a few aspects of Samurai etiquette as well as practice the art of kembu. In the light lesson you can try a few basic moves with a samurai sword.

Demonstration:
- The one hour stage show is performed by the kembu masters.
- After the Demonstration you can take pictures with the masters.
- You will get a certification and a small present.
  • Duration: 3.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Kimono / Photo service / English-speaking instructor / Japanese-speaking instructor / Lesson & Demonstration Fees
  • Schedule
  •  
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  •  
  • Check-out
    Time & Location
  •  

Starting time: 11:00 13:00 17:00
Starting time: 11:00 13:00 17:00
  • 11:00 Meet at Samurai Kembu Theater
  • 11:15 Samurai Sword Lesson
    Family posing in samurai outfits in Kyoto Learn the basics of samurai Kembu, and get a feel for this elegant martial dance form!
  • 12:15 Break (1 hour)
  • 13:15 Samurai Kembu Show
    Traditional Kembu sword fighting Watch as the Kembu masters show their skills, performing powerful and elegant demonstrations of their art!
  • 14:15 Tour Ends at Samurai Kembu Theater
Package detail / Schedule
Notes
Restriction(s)
  • All Packages
    • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
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    • Comfortable clothing
Additional Note(s)
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    • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
    • Your reservation will be canceled if you are more than 30 minutes late.
    • If you are running late, be sure to contact the activity provider.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
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    • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 15.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between 23:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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Language English, Japanese
Pick-up Not available
Duration 3 - 3.5 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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