This experience is not entertainment arranged for foreigners; you will experience our actual practice/exercise. On this beginner-friendly experience, learn the three techniques that make up kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship), and try tameshigiri (the art of test cutting) while wearing samurai armor.
• Please let us know the height and weight of the participants so that we can prepare training clothes. • Since real Japanese swords are used, alcohol consumption is prohibited prior to the experience. 【important 1】 Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. We have had several cases where guests do not show up more than an hour after their reserved time and end up waiting 2 hours before showing up. Waiting for those who are late and consequently cannot come is causing inconvenience to other guests and guests in the next course. Please arrive before the start time. 【important 2】Concerning media coverage and filming. If you would like to use this experience for news gathering or social networking, please be sure to inform us of your company name, name of the person in charge, contact information and purpose of use in advance. If you inform us on the day of your visit, you will understand, but it will cause inconvenience to other guests. We will charter the room (a separate charter fee will be charged), so please be sure to let us know in advance. • Children below the age of 18 may also participate with written permission from their parents. • Each person will be provided 2 tatami rolls (included in the price); additional rolls are available for 1,500 JPY for a set of 2
We at Toyama Ryu Bizenkai are a dojo providing a variety of iai swordsmanship experiences: tameshigiri test cutting, wearing samurai armor, and more. For travelers looking for a samurai experience, look no further! Our samurai armor–and–tameshigiri experience is a rare opportunity to try the Japanese art of test cutting while wearing a suit of armor. While these activities are available separately elsewhere, our dojo uniquely offers both combined in one experience. First, you will change into yoroi-shita (an undergarment for samurai armor) and listen to a lecture on swordsmanship. You'll learn about the three techniques that make up kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship): iai, gekken (the precursor of modern-day kendo), and battou (cutting — the practice version of this is called "tameshigiri"). Of course, you'll get hands-on experience in all of these techniques, too. For iai, you'll learn how to handle and wield a sword, while for gekken, you'll learn how to keep your distance from a moving opponent, as well as the right timing for attacking and self-defense. Then, for battou, you'll learn how to cut with a blade. Afterward, you'll put on samurai armor and try tameshigiri test cutting while you're all fitted out. This is also a time for great photo opportunities — if you need any assistance, just let us know! The weight of the armor will add an extra challenge to the test-cutting experience, and you'll realize how difficult it must have been for the samurai of old to move around in armor. But once you've found out for yourself just how heavy Japanese swords and armor actually are, you'll surely gain a newfound respect and appreciation for samurai. As the experience ends, you'll receive a certificate to serve as a memory of this unforgettable moment.