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Samurai Kembu Theater

35-7 Sanchome, Higashiyama-ku | GOZAN Hotel B1F, Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-751-2033
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Last admission time - 6:15PM 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 the traditions of the Samurai!!
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hour lesson” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
35-7 Sanchome, Higashiyama-ku | GOZAN Hotel B1F, Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-751-2033
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend doing the show with full 2 hour training session. One of the best things we've done in the Japan, and definitely worth the money. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The initial demonstration was awesome (much better than samurai displays we have...More

Thank Verona H
Reviewed 1 week ago

have my 25-year-old son and I visited Tokyo and Kyoto. We had some marvelous experiences but the highlight of the trip was the one hour training session in samurai sword techniques at the Kembu Theater in Kyoto. The samurai demonstration before the lesson was very...More

Thank Jonathan T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the show, however, found the English VERY hard to understand, especially for foreigners who speak limited English themselves. It might be a good idea to put some more interpretations on the TV screen? Especially since the info is so interesting. Great performers....More

Thank ursula220
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a fun thing to do. A must in Kyoto. Learn to be a samurai. My first thought when my wife booked us for a 2 hour session was what a cheesy touristy thing to do. But I was pleasantly surprise how fun...More

Thank alooi1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this place based on the reviews from other travelers. It was fun, especially at the lesson. At the show, I thought it was boring, then the lesson, fun. Then, we put on customs to take pictures, fun! I highly recommend this place if...More

Thank 577loch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We heard about the show from TripAdvisor and all most everybody gave it a high score. I do not agree. The show costed yen 3.000 (around usd 30) and lasted for one hour. I found it expensive. The performers where very skilled - but they...More

Thank Bossebertram
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our first time to Kyoto, and my son (16) loves everything Samurai so I booked this show and lesson and it ended up being the highlight of the trip! The lesson was such a cool experience, using the katana, learning the choreographed routine,...More

Thank jamiemck2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We signed up for the show/presentation. We participated in the actual exercises/moves until the costume and pictorial. We spent about 2 hours in the theater. Well worth the experience.

Thank milfloresdemanila
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brief show and video about the history is samurai followed by action! Get to experience how to use the katana and put on a kembu katana show. Fun and exciting evening!!!

Thank Jun Hui L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I viewed the Samurai show. It was so good, we loved learning about the Samurai and especially the sword. We learned how important fans were to both Men and Women. A little fact somehow we missed in our reading. After the show...More

Thank airbendercat
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Response from Wayne M | Reviewed this property |
Perfect. They'll love it.
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Hello, we will tell you another way of making payment in person. Could you send us E-mail directly?