Kyoto Samurai Short Walking Tour by Samurai and Ninja Museum Kyoto

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This is about 2.5 hour long tour where you walk less than 1 km that is packed with many interesting locations and action.

The history of samurai started and ended in Kyoto. Every stone on each corner in Kyoto for sure has many stories to tell. Now you can discover the fascinating history of Kyoto and Japan with this compact Samurai Kyoto Walking Tour. The walking tour is headed by a friendly tour guide who knows a lot about Kyoto and Japanese history.



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We will meet at the historical Sanjo bridge where we will briefly talk about the Shinsengumi and view the blade traces remainder of the fierce fight between the Choshu clan members and the Shinsengumi members. We will then walk towards to Teramachi shopping arcade and pass by the Ikedaya Izakaya which showcases the Shinsengumi signs and artefacts. The most important part of the tour is the stop at the Honnouji Temple. This is the temple where Oda Nobunaga, the most famous samurai in history and the first uniter of Japan was assassinated by his close general Akechi Mitsuhide. We will then stop at the Samurai and Ninja Museum of Japan and get a tour of the samurai history.



【 The tour includes 】

  • Friendly tour guide who is an expert in history and Kyoto
  • Stop at the Sanjo Bridge
  • Walking along the Ikedaya District
  • Tour of the Honnoji Temple
  • Tour of the Samurai and Ninja Museum (No charge)

【 Meeting Point 】 Sanjo Ohashi Bridge

【 Event Duration 】 2.5 hour



Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring along a water of bottle in the summer. If there is heavy rain, some parts of the tour may be cancelled. After the tour you can ask other questions (history, culture, transportation, shopping, etc.) questions to the tour guide.


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About Samurai & Ninja Museum 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.

samurai armor exhibits

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 true ninjas of old Japan may have disappeared in today's society but the stories and legends of their deeds live on. Experience what it was like for these covert agents through the tours guided by our knowledgeable staff at the Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto!
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All of the rooms and exhibits at the Samurai & Ninja Museum are designed in the styles of 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.


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.



Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum

The Samurai & Ninja Museum Kyoto is one of the leading samurai museums in Japan, with a wide range of displays from all throughout Japan’s rich history. We are the only experience-based museum that specializes in providing in-depth and immersive activities that provide our visitors with new perspectives on Japanese history.
We have displays ranging from armors and weapons of the great samurai warriors and the mystical ninjas to everyday tools and artifacts from medieval and ancient Japan. Our souvenir gift shop features replica swords, tabi socks, and tabi shoes. 
We provide guided tours every day, lead by friendly staff who are fluent in English and Japanese. Join us as you explore the glorious history of the legendary samurais and the mysterious ninjas!

Contact Us

Address: 寺町詩の小路 2F, 292 Higashidaimonjicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8043, Japan