• Access
  • Experience
  • Instructor
  • Costume, photoshoot
  • Reservation online

Ever fancied experiencing the life and culture of a Samurai for real? Look no further as you can now do so at our TOKYO Samurai Kembu workshop!

“Kembu” is a traditional Japanese stage performance art that utilizes the Katana (traditional Japanese sword) and traditional Japanese fan while expressing the poems that were sung/recited by the Samurai.
Tokyo Samurai Kembu is an authentic Samurai experience workshop gym (Dojo) located near Ginza area in Tokyo. Try on clothes that are worn in Kembu performances, learn how to handle a Japanese sword and Japanese fan the fun way and experience the way of the Samurai for yourself!

Should you be coming to Tokyo, we would highly recommend adding this unique and mind-enriching traditional Japanese experience to your itinerary.
We look forward to welcoming you at our workshop.

Language
Japanese/English *The staff in our Tokyo Samurai Kembu workshop can speak both Japanese and English.
東京サムライ剣舞 Tokyo Samurai Kembu
<Operating hours> 9:00-20:00
03-6874-4990
【Authentic Samurai Cultural Experience in Tokyo!】

01Great location close to Tokyo Station

Our Dojo in Tokyo is situated in Kyobashi, a mere 5 minute taxi drive from Tokyo Station. Easy to locate even for first-timers to Tokyo.

Access from Tokyo Station

  • Train: Alight 1 stop later at Hatchobori Station on the Keiyo line and walk 3 minutes to the Dojo.
  • Taxi: It will cost about 810 yen for a 5 minute drive from the Yaesu exit at Tokyo Station

02Samurai experience through traditional Art “Kembu”

The word “Samurai” has various images associated to it. The most common image that people have of Samurai is of gallant warriors fighting on the battlefield. However, from the late Heian era to the Edo era that spanned for about 700 years where Samurai held political power, the Samurai created their own unique culture and perspective. “Kembu” is the expression of these Samurai’s perspective of beauty. We endeavor to let you experience the spirit and form of the Samurai through the “Kembu” experience at our workshop.

In the Light lesson, we will be focusing on simple sword techniques using a Japanese sword such as sheathing and unsheathing. Participants of the Full lesson will learn simple techniques involving the use of a fan in addition to the sword, as well as some footwork. You can try to Kembu to the rhythm of traditional Japanese poetry at the end of the course. please choose your favorite program.

03Instructor

The instructors at Tokyo Samurai Kembu hold the title of 'Kembu master' at one of Kembu schools, such as Kinouryu Kembu school (Tokyo). With their many years of training and experience, be rest assured that you can safely and properly learn “Kembu” even within the constraints of the short experience workshops.

At the end of the workshop, the instructor will give a performance. Please keep your eyes peeled for Kembu Master's high-spirited performance.

  • *The performance usually lasts 5 minutes. You may upgrade this to a 20 minute performance with an additional charge of 1500yen.

04Costume rental and photoshoot

At Tokyo Samurai Kembu Workshop, we have many outfits (Kimono and Hakama) used in actual “Kembu” performances available during the workshop. Many types of Hakama are available such as the formal style Hakama with a vertical stripes, gold-brocaded Hakama and Hakama for martial arts. Feel free to choose whichever you prefer. We recommend the gold-brocaded Hakama for those who want to try something special.

There is some time allocated for picture-taking after changing into the costumes. The instructor will help you with some cool Samurai poses. Do not forget to bring along your phone/camera!

05Make a reservation online

Simply choose a date and time on the reservation page of our website to make a booking, then select your desired program. You can also choose optional services like the extended 20 minute performance (1500yen).

Once you have made a booking online, we will send you a confirmation email as well as payment information. You can decide to pay by card beforehand or in cash on the day itself. If you decide to pay in cash, please let us know via email. Thank you.

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