Guided tour of the museum + ninja experience + samurai experience.
Samurai and Kyoto have always been associated throughout history. From the early Heian period to the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate the samurai and ninja always roamed the streets of Kyoto. Now they are back! The samurai and ninja museum brings back the history and helps you to have a glimpse of these heroes’ glorious lives. What is more, you can have a hands on experience including wearing a samurai armor, doing a shuriken (ninja star) throw and using a ninja blowgun all in one place.
A knowledgeable tour guide will walk you through the rooms of the samurai and ninja museum and explain everything you wondered about the these heroes in plain English. You will learn when the samurai and ninja emerged, what kind of weapons they used, what is their armor made of, what is their sword made of and etc..
Your trip to Kyoto would be incomplete if you don’t get a closer look into the centuries of swords that were used by the noble samurais. We display a number of katana, wakizashi and tanto mostly from the Muromachi period and Edo period. During the tour we give you information on how to evaluate the value of a samurai sword, the making process of a Japanese sword and the difference between katana and Western swords. The wonderful ancient samurai swords in Kyoto are waiting for you to be discovered.
One of the best experiences you can have while visiting the museum is the short samurai sword lesson. After allowing you to wear a samurai armor we give you a bokken or a replica metal sword and we teach you how to correctly stand like a samurai (seigan) how to draw your sword, how to slash and how to correctly and smoothly put your katana back into the sheath. You also learn different sword poses of the samurai.
We have different types of samurai armors and costumes that can transform you to a modern day samurai. You can enjoy this unique experience with the whole family as we will provide you with different sizes and styles of armor.
Tameshigiri means test cutting which is a form of martial arts. Tameshigiri was born as a form of martial arts since the samurai always had to train to perfect their skills especially during the time of peace.