Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum is located in the heart of Kyoto right next to the world-famous Nishiki Market. You get a tour of the museum that is full of ancient artifacts, authentic samurai swords and tons of replica armors from the feudal Japan. You also get a tour of the ninja exhibitions. Being Japan’s largest experiential museum, the venue also provides kimono and yukata experiences, tea ceremony services and zen meditation services in case you have a friend or a family member who is coming along. You can have this experience on any day of the year.
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.
Sword Lesson: 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.
Armor Trial: 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.
Samurai Kyoto show is one of the most entertaining shows in Japan. Your trip to Kansai cannot be complete without watching a Kyoto samurai sword show. Many call this breath-taking performance as the highlight of their trip. The swordsmanship and the traditional moves of Japanese samurais that includes iaido and kenbu have been beautifully choreographed and presented in front of your eyes. A short glimpse into the way the samurai moved their sword will not only entertain you but also inspire you.