Private Sword Fighting Lesson from a Celebrity Sensei (up to 6 people)

Isao Machii Kyoto sword lesson
Your teacher is ISAO MACHII, a worldwide celebrity who appeared on History Channel, Discovery channel, dozens of documentaries, and TV programs both in Japan and outside of Japan. As cited on Wikipedia he holds several Guinness Records "including "Most martial arts katana cuts to one mat (suegiri)", "Fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts", "Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes", and "Fastest tennis ball (820 km/h) cut by sword". He will teach you the sword fighting skills in addition to Aikido moves that help you become better at martial arts. You have a chance of taking a picture with him after the lesson.


18:00 Arrival at the museum (We are located in downtown Kyoto; walking distance from Gion and Nishiki Market)

18:00 Taking a history tour (optional, included in the reservation fee)

18:30 Ninja experience and armor trial (optional, included in the reservation fee)

18:45 Putting on the traditional samurai outfit

19:00 Private 1-hour Lesson with Machii sensei

20:00 Picture taking and finish

PS: Machii sensei will teach you basic sword techniques by using a bokuto (wooden katana), and also some aikido moves. Since this is a private lesson, you can kindly request if there are specific techniques you'd like to practice. Machii-sensei speaks limited English, there will be an interpreter to make sure everything goes smoothly.


  • A hands on lesson about the basics of iaido. I aido is a form of martial arts that increases self-awareness and teaches the techniques of responding to a sudden attack by a sword
  • A free tour of Samurai and Ninja Museum of Japan Kyoto
  • Wearing a hakama or kimono
  • Wearing a samurai outfit and samurai helmet (included in your ticket price)
  • Posing with swords in front of a studio or samura-themed backgrounds
  • Ninja star throw and blow gun experience

Not Included

  • Transportation to/from attractions

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