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Samurai Kembu Theater

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Address: 35-7 Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji), Higashiyama-ku | B1F Neo Art Bldg., Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-751-2033
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Last admission time - 6:15PM Kembu, literally means 'sword dance' is one of...

Last admission time - 6:15PM 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 the traditions of the Samurai!!

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Sensational Samurai Experience in Kyoto

A perfect way to experience the traditions of Japan. The Samurai Show was informative and entertaining (with a little humor thrown in) however the lesson and costume made the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our teacher was really enthusiastic and made the lesson very fun. The costumes were great! Shame it wasnt a real sword...

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A perfect way to experience the traditions of Japan. The Samurai Show was informative and entertaining (with a little humor thrown in) however the lesson and costume made the night memorable. Our children (11 yr old girl & 8 yr old boy) loved every second and have not stopped talking about being Samurai's. As an adult I also enjoyed it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an interesting show learning some of the history and traditions of Samurai. Our 5yr old was enthralled and so were we. A short lesson on wielding a katana was a bonus. So glad we found this place. It was a wonderful piece of very Japanese culture that we knew very little about. Thank you!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited with my 16 year old son to the Kembu theatre which is a way of story telling rather than the actual martial arts. It is a small outfit run by 4 people. It is slightly difficult to find and our taxi driver lost his way and went round in circles before he rand the theatre who directed correctly.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This classic and cultural experience was truly great! We did the show/practical application combo so we received the full Samurai experience. What I thought was awesome was that it wasn't just a sword-slinging fiesta... they infused history and education so that you left actually having gained perspective and knowledge which I'm all about! But of course, we come mainly for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a great experience here with our boys (8 and 12), doing both the show and the lesson. The instructors/actors demonstrate care and respect for maintaining the legacy of the Samurai and all of us really enjoyed the entertainment and educational aspects. While some reviews are right in relation to understanding their English (you're in Japan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked the full lesson in costume with a demonstration for my boyfriend as a gift for when we got to Japan and I am so glad I did! It was so much fun! The people that run this place are so friendly and helpful and the lessons are very educational and you get to play with katanas/swords! There is... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Was interesting to hear about the lives of the Samurai and the different forms of Kembu dance and how stories are told through the dance. I stayed for the lesson afterwards, which was a lot of fun ... especially dressing up in the gear. It's important you know this is not sword fighting or battles, it is traditional Japanese dance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If your are looking for some fun and get involve in the japanese culture this is a great way to do it. The show is great and if you book to be part of it and learn is a really great experience....10 of 10 !!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We read about this rather unusual experience in TripAdvisor and decided to try it, and its as worth it. While we visited the Samurai village when we were in Kanazawa, the Kembu theatre explores the Samurai way of life, and even act out a few events from history. You can book online, but since we were exploring that area, we... More 

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