Notification of temporary closure of Samurai Kenbu Show

Due to coronavirus, we decided to temporarily decrease our business. We inform that we will close the Samurai Kenbu Show for a while, and will accept only lesson programs. As for customers who made a booking for the show, we will contact in person to request to change programs.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for your understanding.
We wish the situation will normalize sooner.

Samurai Kenbu Theater

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※temporary closure

A stage performance of KENBU by our masters.

  • Evening Show 'ODANI'

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Enjoy our samurai experience course.

  • Full lesson (90 min) - Sword, Fan, Kenbu.
  • Light lesson (60 min)- Sword.

All with a samurai costume rental.

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Combination of "Lessson" & "Show"
You can get a package discount.(500yen-1000yen)

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  • 3 day (15 hours) Kenbu training for foreign visitors
  • For Big groups/Private lesson

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General information

Kenbu, literally meaning 'sword dance' is one of Japanese traditional performing arts that shows the samurai's culture and the spirituality with a Katana sword and a folding fan.

Samurai Kenbu Theater, a dojo (training gym) of Kenbu, offers both Kenbu show and lesson programs for Kyoto visitors. You can learn about, and practice, some aspects of the etiquette of samurai classes with a chance to try on a traditional costume as well as a show performed by Kenbu Masters. Here is your chance to step into the shoes of samurai and experience the cultural heritage of Japan!

  • Short time cultural experience with lesson & show
  • Located in the downtown of Kyoto
  • Various programs to satisfy your interests
  • All programs are provided in English. Pamphlets are in Japanese and English.
  • Open Monday to Saturday. (We can accept phone calls from 8:00 to 22:00 daily.)

*Note: Off-peak season programs
We shorten our business hours and change the available programs in the following periods:
Jan.13th,2020 - Mar.15th, 2020
Please see the detail of the Off-peak season programs here.

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Cancellation Policy

Below are our cancellation charges for personal and commercial bookings.

Personal bookings
  • Up to the day before the booking: Free
  • 1 day to 2 hours before: 30% of the full amount
  • Anytime after: 100% of the full amount
Commercial bookings
  • 6 days to 2 days before: 30% of the full amount
  • 1 day before: 50% of the full amount
  • On the day of the booking: 100% of the full amount