Skip the Line: Samurai Performance in Kyoto Ticket

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Skip the Line: Samurai Performance in Kyoto Ticket
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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.
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In Brief

Higashiyama, Japan
1 hour
Daily except Sundays
Important InfoInfo
Visit: Samurai Kembu Theater, 35-7 Sanchome GOZAN Hotel B1F, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0005 Kyoto Prefecture

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.


  • Entry/Admission - Samurai Kembu Theater


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

5:15 PM

Departure Point

Samurai Kembu Theater, 35-7 Sanchome GOZAN Hotel B1F, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0005 Kyoto Prefecture

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at the theater at least 5 minutes before the show time

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

It was raining heavily outside. Luckily, I booked this tour and enjoyed it very much. It is a trip that I recommend.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2019
We really enjoyed this performance and learning about the history of the samurai. They were very impressive and we had a great photo opportunity afterwards.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
very good
• Submitted 19 May 2018
The samurai performance in Kyoto was fantastic. It was at the same place as the samurai lesson. Since I had had an afternoon lesson, I asked if I could just switch my performance to the afternoon and they had no issues with that. The venue was small and intimate and the performers did a great job displaying their physicality. Before each section, an announcer would come out and explain in English what the performance you were about to experience was and its relevance to either Japan's history or to samurai culture. Overall, a great performance well worth the price of admission!
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
Worth seeing! The performers took great care to explain the performances to the audience. It would have been helpful to have a pamphlet to help us further.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
We really enjoyed this experience. The place is a bit tricky to find though. We were treated to a wonderful show and we learned a bit about samurai history. The stories were played out and the actors were very graceful. Highlight was photo taking time when we handled the swords. We went away with little gifts at the end of the show. Very entertaining!
• Submitted 27 Jan 2018
Our family had a great time at this unique performance. Our kids especially liked learning more about the samurai culture in Japan. The staff had minimal English, but enough for you to understand. Fun for the whole family!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
I loved the experience and for the first time I had a samurai sword in my hands. They took me very kindly many photos. If you travel to Kyoto, I recommend it.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
Very Good
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
Nice little show.
• Submitted 17 Oct 2017
Interesting, moving and at times funny. A great show.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
Recommended Samurai show if you're visiting Kyoto. Specially if you want to see something different other than Kyoto temples.
• Submitted 11 Aug 2017
The performance was great would highly recommend it.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
This was very entertaining and they gave us a pair of Samurai socks at the end. A performance I will never forget.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2017
My brothers and I enjoyed this activity! It was even better than what we thought it would be. The were great explanations, the samurai actors were good and the costumes were very pretty. If you like samurai/japanese history or arts, I highly recommend this activity!
• Submitted 06 Jul 2017
You can tell the time and dedication put into their kembo training. The performers shared so much interesting information with us. They were excellent.
• Submitted 28 May 2017
This was one of the coolest things I saw while in Japan. The show was really entertaining with a bit of comedy and stories to tell Japanese history. The swordsmanship and acting was so good I got chills while watching it. Big thumbs up :
• Submitted 06 May 2017
One of the best experiences I have ever had. A must. Friendly staff, knowledgeable and funny too. A wonderful experience overall. I recommend it to two more people I met along the way and they also went and had a great time. So worth it!
• Submitted 25 Jan 2017
It was great fun and informative. It was a great group of performers who performed with enthusiasm and humor. It was informative and we got to practice some of the moves. We were in several fun pictures with the performers at the end.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2016
A fun evening. Very entertaining.
• Submitted 24 Jun 2016
My parents and I enjoyed a lot this experience! We enjoyed the stories, variety of dancing styles and photo session at the end
• Submitted 10 Jun 2016
Excellent show explaining the history and culture of Samurai with some impressive performances.
• Submitted 06 Jun 2016
Excellent show and the staff were very informative.
• Submitted 16 May 2016
Very informative and charming. Not a fight show, but artistic performances mixed with brief explanations of samurai culture. The photo session at the end gives the opportunity to swing a sword under the supervision of one of the Masters, while the staff snaps action shots. Great fun!
• Submitted 08 May 2016

In Brief

Higashiyama, Japan
1 hour
Daily except Sundays

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