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Kenbu Show

A 60-minute program including a Kenbu stage performances by kenbu masters and an experience of 'Tosenkyo' game, a game using a folding fan.
We currently don't have this program due to COVID-19. We will restart in Sept 2021.

  • Kenbu Show (with Tosenkyo)

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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.

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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. 
  • Package plan including both the lesson and the show.

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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 courseFull lesson

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  • Kyoto cuisine lunch
  • Private experience at a temple

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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.

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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, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. (We can accept phone calls from 9:00 to 18:00 daily.)

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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