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Samurai experience & Kenbu show (Package program ) *Recommended

These are our most recommended programs! You can enjoy our samurai experiencing lesson and a stage performance by our kenbu masters.

  • Full package: Full lesson + Kenbu show
  • Light package:Light lesson + Kenbu show
  • Private package:Private lesson + Kenbu show
  • Luxury:Private lesson +Private Kenbu show at a temple
  • Optional : Childcare service

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Kenbu Show

A 60-minute program including a Kenbu stage performances by kenbu masters and mini-experiences of the katana sword and a folding fan.

  • Kenbu show and mini-experiences
  • Private Kenbu Show + Mini-experiences

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Samurai experience (Sword and Kenbu lesson)

You will learn how to use a sword, some manners of using it, and perfoming a kenbu piece on stage. The sword is for training and not dangerous.*With a samurai costume rental.

  • Full lesson(Sword and Kenbu experience)90min. 
  • Light lesson(Sword experience)60min. 
  • Package plan including both the lesson and the show.
  • Observing a lesson.
  • Optional : Childcare service.

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Folding fan and dancelesson

You will learn how to use a Sensu, a Japanese classical folding fan, and a folding fan dance.

  • Full lesson(Folding fan and dance lesson)90min. 
  • Light lesson(Uses of the folding fan and Tosenkyo)60min. 

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3 day (15 hrs) training

You will complete one kenbu/senbu piece by taking 15 hours lessons. Recommended to people who want to 'achieve something' during your staying in the historical city Kyoto.

  • 3 day (15 hrs) training course

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Visiting service for big groups

At Samurai Kenbu Theater, Up to 30 people can take a lesson program at the same time. Also up to 100 people can do at the same time by renting another venue. Available for group tours, cooperate trainings, and etc.

  • Samurai experience
  • Kenbu show
  • Optional: welcoming session by samurai wearing armor suit

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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, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese (Simplified).
  • Open Monday to Sunday (Booking basis). (We can accept phone calls from 9:00 to 18:00 daily.)
    *Closed in January 2023:Wed.11th, Wed.18th, Fri.20th, Wed.25th, Fri.27th.
    [Jan. 16th-Feb. 28th]:We can accept phone calls from 10:00 to 15:00.

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Cancellation Policy

Below are our cancellation charges for personal and commercial bookings.

Personal bookings
  • The day before: 30% of the full amount
  • On the day: 100% cancellation charge 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