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Experience KENDO in Kyoto

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Superb class!

After we accidently went to the office and not the Butokuden, we were running a little late but... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2018
Highlight of our Trip!

We did Kendo with Tomo and it was such a great experience. He was so knowledgeable on the history... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
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In "Experience KENDO in Kyoto", you will be able to step into the core of Japanese culture by listening to a short lecture on BUSHIDO (Principle of Samurai) and personal testimony of the instructor who is the fourth direct descendant of one of the...more
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46-2 Shogoin Entomicho, Sakyo-ku | Budo Center, Kyoto 606-8323, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 80-5140-4341
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

After we accidently went to the office and not the Butokuden, we were running a little late but were warmly welcomed by Tomoyoshi Yamanaka. The 2 hour class was excellent. A combination of history lesson, learning about the instructors philosophy, basic striking and blocking and...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

We did Kendo with Tomo and it was such a great experience. He was so knowledgeable on the history of kendo and had such a great passion for the sport. His instruction was great and we had such a great time. I would recommend this...More

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 25 March 2018

Yamanaka Sensei is a light-hearted teacher with great communication skills. He began the course with a brief history of kendo. We got a glimpse of Japanese history (Sengoku Period - current) and learned about the rise and fall of samurai. With Yamanaka Sensei’s witty remarks,...More

Thank Chi_Yan1
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

A real nice experience to me! With the clear explanation and teaching of Tomo San, i know Kendo more, and the philosophy of Kendo attracts me much! Before that, i do not know this martial art is full of love and respect , through the...More

Thank Expedition762282
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

It was just a wonderful moment. I practiced Kendo more than 20 years ago and I wanted to take advantage of the visit of Kyoto to share this experience with my family (Wife + 2, 6 & 8 year old). It overcame our expectations. 1)...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Kyoto is definately one of Japan's most memorable places to visit, and the experience Kendo course was one of the greatest highlights of my stay here. The instructor speaks excellent English and is very patient and friendly. The class is held in an extremely beautiful...More

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 25 February 2018

This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Kyoto. Tomoyoshi explained the origins of Kendo and its place in japanese culture and history. Then we learned some basic Kendo techniques. We finished by trying to put into practice what we had learned...More

Thank stevebevan
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in Japanese martial arts or culture to get a hands on and immersive experience. This would be great for families with children interested in martial arts. Held in the spectacular Kyoto Butokuden with the knowledgable and engaging...More

Thank Rebecca J
Tomoyoshi Y, Owner at Experience KENDO in Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Rebecca, Thank you very much for kind comment! It was joy meeting you and being able to share our proud culture and history. I hope you will visit us again!

Reviewed 14 January 2018

Definitely one of the funnest experiences in Japan this trip! Yamanaka Sensei was very approachable and kind. He provided instruction on kendo and his personal experience relating to the samurai culture of Japan. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in kendo...More

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Tomoyoshi Y, Owner at Experience KENDO in Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Steve, Thank you very much! It's very generous of you! It was my joy meeting you! Hope to see you again! Take care!

Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Thanks to Tomoyoshi sensei for the great experience. I learned Kendo 8 years ago and had to stop due to some reasons and had only a chance to learn as a beginner. But only in brief season with Tomoyoshi i learnt a lot of things....More

Thank seoul w
Tomoyoshi Y, Owner at Experience KENDO in Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Thank you very much for kind comment. Glad that you experienced Kendo again! I hope you will continue! Hope to meet you again! Take care!!

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is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and
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Angela M
4 August 2018|
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Response from Tomoyoshi Y | Property representative |
Hi, very sorry to respond this late. We have a workshop on the August 6th 14:00-16:00. Please let me know if you are interested in joining! Tomoyoshi