Kyoto Samurai Experience


This is an excellent chance for visitors to get a firsthand look into the world of the samurai. Get a glimpse into the philosophies of bushido, the way of the warrior, and try your hand at wielding a real katana. Afterwards, practice some inward reflection with Zen meditation, used by the samurai to calm their minds during battle.


  • Professional instructor
  • Use of a real katana (Japanese samurai sword)
  • Zen experience
  • Experience takes place in a 250 year old authentic samurai residence
  • Pictures taken during the experience

Key Information


We conduct our experience in an authentic samurai residence belonging to the Harada family. The original resident of the home was a samurai who served the shogun in the late Edo period and his descendants still own the property today.

How it works

There are three major components to the course. • Form practice Before being given a real blade, it is important to master the basics. We will begin our training using wooden practice swords and instruct you on the proper grip, posture, and form. • Using a real katana (Japanese sword) After learning the basics, the next step is to wield a real katana and use it to cut through a goza mat. We will place the target vertically on a special stand and you can put your sword skills to the test. • Zen meditation The course wraps up with an experience of Zen meditation. Through this deep meditation, you will be able to dissipate some of the excitement from practicing with the sword, and also learn ways in which Zen meditation can assist you in your daily life. Course time is approximately 120 minutes