Samurai Performance in Kyoto

  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
  • Samurai Performance in Kyoto
Duration

60 minutes

Depart from

Come to Samurai Kembu Kyoto theater located in downtown Kyoto (venue address will be provided on the voucher)

Return to

Concludes at the theater

Time of departure

Daytime Show: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Doors at 1pm and show at 1:15pmEvening Show: Monday to Saturday: Doors at 5pm and show at 5:15pm *Please be there at least 5 min prior to show time

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Tour description provided by Viator

Kembu (sword performance), one of many Japanese traditional arts, demonstrates the culture of the samurai, a warrior class that ruled Japan for 700 years. Kembu masters who work to keep the spirit of samurai culture alive perform this 1-hour stage show at Samurai Kembu Theater. Satisfy your intellectual curiosity with in-depth talks, and enjoy both traditional and new-style Kembu performances based on historical tales from the feudal period. Afterward, hold a samurai sword in a photo session with the performers.

Make your way to Samurai Kembu Theater, conveniently located in downtown Kyoto. After removing your shoes and taking your seat, you’re introduced to the Japanese traditional art of Kembu through informative narration on stage.

Before each demonstration, you’ll learn about the culture of the samurai, a warrior class that ruled Japan from the 12th to 19th century. In feudal times, samurai were said to perform Kembu to give themselves courage or to achieve mental concentration.

During traditional and new-style Kembu performances, watch trained masters wield swords and recite short Japanese poems written by samurai before going to battle. Discover the art of folding a fan as a show of respect in Japanese culture, and gain a better understanding of the ceremony of seppuku (ritual suicide), also called hara-kiri.

After the show, you can hold a sword while taking a photo with the performers.

Learn the arts of the samurai as you enjoy a 1-hour Kembu show, a traditional sword performance celebrating the culture of this ancient Japanese warrior class, in Kyoto. Head to Kyoto’s Samurai Kembu Theater to admire the intricate movements of traditional and new-style Kembu performances, celebrating the legendary stories of Japan’s feudal period. You’ll also hear a fascinating talk before the performance and have time for a photo session with samurai sword and the performers post-show. 

Highlights 

1-hour Samurai performance of Kembu in Kyoto Watch demonstrations of the traditional art of Kembu and discover the practices of the samurai Learn about the responsibility of carrying a samurai sword, traditionally given to young warriors during feudal times See traditional tales played out on stage and hear informative narration Take your own photo with a performer while holding a sword and fan

What You Can Expect

Journey back in time more than 700 years, to Japan’s feudal period, as you enjoy Kembu, a sword performance associated with the country’s samurai warriors. This fascinating show combines the grace, beauty and power of samurai sword practice with a chance to learn about the culture of historic Japan. Begin your performance at Kyoto’s Samurai Kembu Theater, your arrival coinciding with your selected show time. Before starting the show, take off your shoes (in traditional Japanese style) and find your seat. Your show begins with narration from a performer, who provides an informative introduction to the history and techniques of the traditional art of Kembu. The show then continues with a series of Kembu demonstrations. Before each demo, you’ll hear a short history lesson about samurai culture, detailing the practices of this enigmatic warrior class that dominated ancient Japan between the 12th and 19th centuries. It’s said that Kembu evolved as a discipline to help samurai boost their courage and focus their minds for the rigors of battle. During the performance you’ll have the chance to admire both traditional and new-style Kembu rituals, each of which involves a performer who will brandish their sword in a series of intricate movements while reciting samurai poems used before heading to the battlefield. You’ll also learn the art of the Japanese folding fan and discover the meaning behind the ceremony of seppuku (ritual suicide), which is also called hara-kiri. Finish your immersion into samurai culture with a photo session, where you can hold a sword and take a few candid shots with the performers. 

What's included

  • Entrance fees

What isn't included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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