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Samurai Kembu Theater

Open today: 10:00 - 21:00
Samurai Performance in Kyoto
from US$27.26*
Samurai Performance in Kyoto
from US$27.26*
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Kembu, literally means 'sword dance' is one of Japanese traditional performing arts that shows the spirits and the culture of the Samurai. 1-hour Samurai Show and other lesson programs are available. All programs are held in English. Come and feel...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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35-7 Sanchome, Higashiyama-ku | GOZAN Hotel B1F, Sakyo, Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
City Centre
+81 75-751-2033
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was a great experience trying out samurai choreography while wearing the traditional garb and katana. At the end you got the chance of trying out the whole routine on stage.

Thank BluBomer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went for a 1 hour course recently. We learned a bit about samouraï and how their purpose changed over the years. We learned how to hold a katana learned a chain of movements with the katana. They we dressed and took...More

Thank Josiane212
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was really a great experience especially to dress up in the traditional way. Our teacher was excellent. We learned a lot even in only one hour. We really enjoyed it a lot.

Thank 363nathalie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and me wanted to do something special when we arrived in Kyoto and we chose to take part in a Samurai class. This was one of the best activities during out trip in Japan. After having a lesson in the Samurai basics, we...More

Thank ViktoriaEckhardt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent instructor who patiently went through the correct moves - perfect for first timers. Learn to move like a Samurai, dress like a Samurai and take home some great pics. Highly recommend this to all.

Thank Ann W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were 9 people, including 7 kids, ages 6-17, and we all loved this activity. The teacher was funny and kind. It was great fun and a respite from the intensive heat of summer in Kyoto.

Thank firstripwithkids
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to Japan and the whole family enjoyed learning about Japanese culture. The kembu lesson was fascinating and everyone in the family had a great time.

Thank stacie c
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Our group consisted of 3 adults and 3 children - 8 and 11 year old boys and a 14 year old girl. The evening started with sword and fan dance performances along with commentary from our host. Just as we were starting to tire of...More

1  Thank lwaverill
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

The outfits and swords were amazing to try on and train in. Also, the teacher explained it very well. We learned a lot and it was an awesome experience!

Thank Adventure761802
Reviewed 13 August 2018

It was a lot of fun and the physical skills on display were impressive. Still allowing us to pose with swords afterwards was a nice touch

Thank canucksrock100
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5 February 2018|
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Response from Travelreviewer_10 | Reviewed this property |
I think the 8-year old kid would enjoy the show and sword lesson. I am not sure for the 6- or 3-year old kids. It is nice to have pictures with the performers at the end of the show - just a memory for the trip. The room... More
19 September 2017|
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Response from Amr S | Reviewed this property |
You have to book online a day or two before arrival as it is limited seating and most of the time it is full. It's an amazing experience, i totally recommend it.
4 April 2017|
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Response from Wayne M | Reviewed this property |
Perfect. They'll love it.