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Samurai Kembu Theater

Open today: 10:00 - 21:00
Samurai Performance in Kyoto
From US$27,69*
Samurai Performance in Kyoto
From US$27,69*
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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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All reviews hour lesson great fun great performance a lot of fun training session japanese culture fun experience whole family hour class take pictures dressed in traditional an amazing experience two hours highlight of our trip costumes sword demonstration
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was magnificent. They came to our school and performed for free. It was a high quality performance and they yeeted the katanas very well, you could see the flashes of light when the yeeted the katanas with grace and beauty. They answered our questions...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jenguin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I went to the Samurai Kembu Theatre in the hopes of seeing something both cultural and a little unusual, we were not disappointed! The information sheet provided before the show gave us a solid understanding before it began and we were able...More

Thank Elegion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Insight into Samurais in Japan in their ruling many years ago this is not really a show but more of a arty way to give us an understanding of the summarize, to have photos taken at the end and hold the samurai sword was fantastic...More

Thank H4295GQdavidm
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My son and husband had a terrific time with their 2 hour lesson. I personally loved their Samurai outfits. It was really worthwhile

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jyysro
Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

Honestly. I just have nothing negative to say. We got a great 1 hour show. The show was well paced and everything was explained. Learning about the samurai and a bit about ninja's was amazing, and the small plays and performances were super entertaining. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nivshay
Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

We went there with 3 friends and had an amazing experience. The guide Ryu was really nice, funny, well experienced and spoke very good English. It was one of the best experiences we had in Japan so far. Best way to learn and experience true...More

Thank 144linda
Reviewed 12 January 2019

This was a fabulous experience! We were the only 2 in the class, and our instructor was very patient and funny, we certainly laughed a lot. Learning the history and stories behind the Samurai was interesting If you aren't used to physical activity for a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank snickers1988
Reviewed 2 January 2019

The performance is amazing, with explanations of the signification of each segment in English. What a great place, I'm really happy I went there! Maybe next time I'll try the training :)!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank akamitsune
Reviewed 1 January 2019

I discovered this by accident one week prior to my solo trip to Japan and am so glad I signed up - what a great experience! The staff were so friendly and kind, and I loved learning more about Japanese history and culture. It was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jls31591
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

We visited with two teenage girls and really enjoyed the experience. It was informative and professional and well worth the visit whilst in Kyoto. Recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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.