Samurai Sword Experience for Kids and Families (Ninja experience and Museum Tour included)
Put on a traditional samurai outfit and wield a katana just like a real samurai! This is the only samurai sword experience in Kyoto where you get hands-on experience, unlike costume play. Come join us and fulfill your childhood dream of being a samurai!
The Kyoto sword-fighting lesson is offered every day except Tuesday.
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 lets you and your family become modern-day samurais-in-training for a day!
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Samurai Sword Experience for Kids and Families
Lasts approximately 90 minutes.
*This event requires a reservation
Your Samurai Experience includes:
- A hands-on sword lesson that will cover how to properly hold and carry a samurai sword. The lesson will also cover parrying, posture, and all the basics.
- A Hakama or 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!
Basic Ticket inclusions
- 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.
- Ninja experience: Learn how to throw shuriken or ninja stars and hit the target with a classic blowgun! Have fun with our target practice and friendly competition without wearing a full ninja outfit.
- Samurai experience: Try on full samurai armor, helmet, and a katana! This is the perfect opportunity to take souvenir pictures from your unforgettable experience.
- Samurai show: Samurai sword demonstrations are held multiple times a day by an expert swordmaster.
The Kyoto sword-fighting lesson is offered every day.
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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.
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.
If you’d like, you can also dress like a ninja instead without any additional fee!
What happens during the tour?
- Go through the samurai and ninja exhibits while our knowledgeable tour guide will tell you all about the displays, from the technical aspects to the wonderful stories that these items carried in their past lives. Ask all the questions you have about the displays and learn about the histories of the samurais and ninjas and when they started. You’ll also learn about how the weapons, armor, and other tools are made.
- Enjoy an interactive tour where you will get to learn trivia and fascinating facts about Japanese history and culture.
- Experience history like never before as you try on full samurai armor and pose with a sword – like the pictures of our past guests! You will even get a selection of varied replica swords to choose from.
- Discover your ninja skills and talent as you throw shuriken stars, chopsticks, and use a blowgun in a friendly target practice game.
- Catch a sword demonstration show by a sword master descended from a samurai! Here, you’ll get to admire the graceful and deadly dance performed by the samurai during battles and practices. You may also catch a recreational performance depicting a fight scene against the samurais and ninjas.
All of the activities are included in this package without additional fees. Book with us online to confirm your reservation!
The samurais and ninjas have long been intertwined with Kyoto throughout history, from the early Heian Period to the fall of their rule at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The remarkable legends of Japan’s ancient and medieval warriors are brought back to life at the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto!
Get up close and personal with history as you explore the glory days of the legendary samurais and mystical ninjas that have once roamed the streets of Kyoto.
Try out an immersive experience with us and wear full samurai armor and find your edge in target practice with ninja shuriken throwing stars and blow darts!
Are you more interested in using a real samurai sword? Try out our tameshigiri or sword-cutting workshop!
All of the activities are held at the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto under the supervision of our watchful staff to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
The Samurai and Ninja Museum is located in central Kyoto, right by the famous and historical Nishiki Market in the Gion District.
Interested in more in-depth samurai workshops, ninja training and tea ceremonies? Check out our other events here!
About 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 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.
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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Simply fill up the form at the top of this page to schedule a tour and wait for a confirmation email from us. We hope to see you soon!
When is the Samurai & Ninja Museum open?
Our museum is open with tours available everyday from 10:30 am to 8 pm.
Is there a minimum age for kids?
We do not have an age limit for our costumes. However, this package is recommended for school age children for them to fully enjoy the activity.
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’re 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 I wear anything besides the hakama/samurai outfit?
Yes! You 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.
Do you have a souvenir shop?
Yes! You can buy memorabilia and other items from our shop to remind you of your trip to Japan and your time with us.