Samurai Sword Experience for Kids and Families (Ninja experience and Museum Tour included)
The Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto is a unique, experience-based museum that lets you get up close and personal with history. Our special Samurai Sword Experience for Kids and Families ticket lets you become a modern-day samurai-in-training for a day!
Sword replicas will be used for the duration of the lesson.
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Samurai Sword Experience for Kids and Families Ticket
Lasts approximately 120 minutes.
Your Samurai Experience includes:
- Our basic sword lesson is designed for the whole family, including kids. The hands-on class will cover all the basics including how to hold the sword, parrying, posture, and many more.
- A traditional samurai outfit will be provided for you during the whole workshop. Our hakamas are unisex and come in a variety of sizes for everyone in the family!
Guided tour of the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto:
- Learn about the history of the samurais and ninjas from our knowledgeable tour guides! The tours are available in English, Chinese, and Japanese. This item is optional should children not want to join.
- Learn how to throw ninja stars and use a blowgun!
- Try on full samurai armor for your souvenir pictures.
Samurai Sword Show Demonstration
- Don’t miss a performance by an experienced swordmaster! This awe-inspiring show is performed every day for our guests.
- Guided tour of the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto:
You can also get the choice to wear a ninja-yoroi or uniform instead of a hakama without additional fees!
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What happens during the Samurai Sword Experience?
You will be given a hakama, a traditional uniform for the samurai to train in, and begin your sword lessons once you are ready. The lesson will be headed by an experienced swordmaster.
Young children will be handling model swords! Real and some sword replicas are too heavy for little hands, so we will be providing unsharpened and lightweight model swords.
The class starts with a simple grip and posture check as a basic step and to ensure your safety. After this, you will be going through a series of poses and gestures that are used for certain techniques. Some portions of the lesson will be repetitive for you to build up your strength until you are ready for a more advanced session.
Kids are sure to have a fun and memorable time as a samurai! They’ll be able to play around under the supervision of the staff, and learn the basics as well.
The Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto is the perfect place for a trip with your family and friends!
About the Samurai & Ninja tour
Explore our collection of ancient artifacts and historical samurai swords and ninja weapons from feudal Japan. You will even get up-close looks at the uncanny replicas inspired by the Sengoku Period up to the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Samurai & Ninja museum is Japan’s largest experimental museum and offers unique experiences where you can tour around the medieval exhibits while wearing a kimono, yukata, or samurai armor – a fitting combination for the time period you’ll be exploring. Aside from this, there are also authentic Japanese tea ceremonies and Zen meditation workshops available for individuals and groups. The Samurai & Ninja Museum tour is available all year-round in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
The Samurai Experience
The samurais may have disappeared or integrated into the modern age of Japan, but their legacy lives on. Experience their legendary tales through the tours guided by the knowledgeable staff at our museum! Not only that, but you’ll also get a glimpse of what it was like to be one of the most prestigious ruling classes of old Japan. Bear the honor of the samurai as you learn how to hold and sheath a katana, just like the samurai and their two swords – one for the enemy, and one for their honorable punishment.
You will be trying out a lightweight replica armor! This can easily be worn by kids and everyone in the family with no problem. The armors are meant to fit multiple sizes and are easily adjustable. You will also be putting on a metal samurai helmet and use a model katana sword!
This experience is the perfect opportunity to take pictures to take home as a souvenir from your trip.
The Ninja Experience
Embody the thrill of being one of the famously mysterious covert agents in medieval Japan! The ninjas are some of the most intimidating and formidable characters from the Sengoku Period or the Warring Stated Period to the Edo Period. The traditions and practices of the ninjas may have lost their glory days, but the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto keeps the history alive.
Just like in the movies, our ninja experience lets you try out the famous ninja stars! Also known as shuriken, these are small hand blades that are used for throwing. But don’t worry – our ninja stars are perfectly safe.
The second part of your experience will also include using the ninja blowgun, also known as the fukiya. These can also be referred to as blow darts! You can have a friendly competition among your group during a target practice game too.
All of the rooms and exhibits at the Samurai & Ninja Museum are designed to embody the Sengoku Period, also known as the Warring States Period in Japan. This era was the time when the samurai held extraordinary power over the politics in the country, enough to eventually trigger the reunification of Japan. Your adventure with us will transform you and your friends and family into a modern rendition of the ancient legendary warriors. Our armors come in unisex styles and a variety of sizes for everyone, including children!
The Samurai & Ninja Kyoto also hosts its activities outside the museum upon request. All you need to do is contact us so we can arrange for our affiliated dojos! Don’t forget to check out the museum gift shop for a souvenir. There are also antique samurai swords and armor for sale if you’re an avid collector, along with ninja tabi-socks.
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Don’t forget to take photos of your memorable experience and adventures with us!
The Samurai & Ninja Museum is a family-friendly establishment that provides enjoyable activities for people of all ages!
A Brief History of the Samurai
The samurai are known as the best warriors in the world in their time, and stories about them still circulate to this day, staying as one of the most popular aspects of Japanese history and culture. These warriors were known for their bravery, military tactical prowess, and the “Bushido” or code of honor.
The samurai class rose to power around the 11th century, leading to the feudal age of Japan. They held control over the country and the Imperial court as one of the most powerful and intimidating classes until the abolishment of the feudal system in 1868. Since then, the samurai culture has greatly influenced modern Japanese society, with ideals of honor, respect, and loyalty deeply ingrained into ordinary everyday lives.
The samurai were known to wield a variety of weapons from bows and arrows to swords. One of the most well-known weapons of the samurai is the katana. The katana is an unrivaled quality sword and considered the most deadly and efficient weapon during battle. And although the weapons evolved throughout the time periods, the samurai kept the katana close, believing that it held the soul of the bearer. They also carried a short sword or knife known as a tachi. Wearing a katana and a tachi combination was called daisho, which became the hallmark of the Samurai. The two swords represented the path of the samurai: The katana was the symbol for fighting a righteous battle, and the tachi was a reminder of personal honor.
As the samurai class dissolved into modern society, their previous skills and education were passed through generations. This lead to the creation of some of the most successful Japanese companies and industries. Tactical skills were applied to managerial positions, and practical skills directly influenced the high-quality manufactured goods in the country. One of the most notable products is the unrivaled Japanese knife, which applied the same techniques and methods as when the katanas were made.
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When is the Samurai & Ninja Museum open?
Our museum is open with tours available every day from 10:30 am to 8 pm.
Is there a minimum age for children?
We provide smaller costumes for younger children but the lessons and activities have a minimum age of 2 years to participate.
Are the exhibits real artifacts?
Each item in the museum has been authenticated and is maintained well for your viewing pleasure. The items used for the experiences, however, are models and duplicates to ensure the safety of our guests and the artifacts in our collection.
Can I buy a real sword like a katana?
Yes! We sell authenticated swords at our museum. You can talk to us during your visit or contact us online using the emails listed at the end of this page.
What is the best way to experience the Samurai & Ninja Museum?
We have a variety of tickets with experiences for you to choose from! Our basic ticket includes an overview tour of the exhibits along with some basic experiences. If you or the kids in your group are more interested in samurai and swords, we would recommend this package since it also includes all the basics!
Do I need to book in advance?
We accept walk-in guests but we highly recommend booking in advance before your trip especially during peak seasons to avoid the crowd. Keep this in mind when you’re traveling in early April and mid-November!
What do I need to bring for my samurai and ninja experience?
If you have a reservation for us, make sure you bring an ID or confirmation so we can book you in! Other than that, you don’t need to bring anything besides yourself and your group. Your costumes and props will be provided by us.
Can girls participate in the samurai and ninja experience?
Both girls and boys are welcome to join in on the fun! Female warriors are valued as much as their male counterparts in the samurai and ninja clans, which you will learn about in our tour. We have costumes suitable for men, women, and kids of all sizes, along with unisex uniforms.
Can I wear anything besides the hakama/samurai outfit?
Yes! You, along with young boys and girls in your group can opt to wear a ninja uniform instead without any additional fees. If you came from Maikoya Kyoto in your kimono, you can inform us if you wish to keep wearing it during your time with us.