Samurai Performance in Kyoto
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.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please arrive at the theater at least 5 minutes before the show time
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!
Nice little show.
Recommended Samurai show if you're visiting Kyoto. Specially if you want to see something different other than Kyoto temples.