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Samurai Kembu Theater

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Address: 35-7 Sanchome (Higashi-iru, Sanjo-hanamikoji), Higashiyama-ku | B1F Neo Art Bldg., Kyoto 605-0005, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-751-2033
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Last admission time - 6:15PM Kembu, literally means 'sword dance' is one of...

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!!

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a really unique and fascinating experience

I was utterly blown away by the show - it was much more emotional than I expected, it truly is theatre as well as a martial arts show - and I also really enjoyed my 1hr lesson... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was utterly blown away by the show - it was much more emotional than I expected, it truly is theatre as well as a martial arts show - and I also really enjoyed my 1hr lesson. The lesson is a fun relaxed experience which doesn't require much fitness, but I found it quite insightful - I learned how expressive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited here in May, I have always been interested in Samurai swords so I thought this would be a fun way to get some hands on experience. The teacher was excellent and we had a small class of 4 for the first half then just the 2 of us for the second. We got to enjoy learning how to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The class and show was recommended by a friend in Los Angeles, who claimed that he was more proud of his samurai certificate than his engineering degree. :-) We took his advice and loved every second! The show was a unique experience and nice to see the culture being kept alive. The class and dress (costume) made for a fun... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Samurai Kembu Theater first gives a show that describes the ways of the Samurai and very talented artists reenact traditional and contemporary Samurai performances. Then you are able to select your Samurai outfit and receive instructions on the ways of a Samurai. It was a highlight of our trip and something I will remember always! Thanks again Samurai Kembu... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic experience. Our party of four had a great time learning about samurai history and then dressing up in beautiful costumes and practicing some moves. The staff were very helpful and attentive if we needed any help. A great experience which we shall always remember.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you do the full meal deal here! The performance is very impressive, the lessons a good work out and you will learn your first sword dance. Costumes are beautiful and absolutely add to the experience. A lot of fun.... and if you have young children that cannot be quiet in the performance, please consider a different activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partener and I had a great time at Samurai Kembu. The show was excellent and was performed by a highly skilled group of people. Through the whole 2 hourse we learnt a bit of samurai history, which was quite fascinating. During the lesson we got to dress up and use the katana. It was an awesome experience. The instructors... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fantastic experience. I wanted to do something unique within the culture of Japan and came across this. The instructor was a great professional and a great teacher. He was very easy to follow and learn from. He was also very encouraging and allowed me to feel comfortable learning and performing. Definitely a great memory that I'll carry... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked a show in advance for my group of friends what is actually necessary as there is not so much places in the audience. It is quite a cosy show with 3 people performing samurai dance. They are very skilled!!! and we really enjoyed sitting and watching the show, that lasts about an hour. The place is also very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked the whole pack with lesson and dressing-up and it was totally worth it. You get a little intro into Japanese and Samurai culture. The instructors are very nice and helpful and at the end you get to do a little show yourself. Great experience!

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