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Discover traditional sword dancing

Discover traditional sword dancing

You will be exposed to the spirit of samurai by learning the traditional Japanese sword dancing called kenbu. Kenbu has been practiced in the historic Edo period by samurai soldiers, and now it has evolved to express the spirit and art of samurai style. To have a better understanding of kenbu, you will get in…
3 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Equipment, Drinks
Hosted in

What's included

Beverage Let me know your beverage preference: water, tea, soda, and so on.
Japanese sword A kenbu practice sword doesn't have a cutting edge, but otherwise has the same structure as a real sword.

Your host



Hi, I grew up in Kobe, Japan, studied in the USA, and worked in Singapore. I recently came back to my hometown and had the chance to get in touch with kenbu—Japanese sword dancing. My grandfather founded the kenbu school, Dai-Nippon Kikusui-Ryu, and my mother is now head of the school. Even in such a lucky environment, I don't practice kenbu. But don't get me wrong—I love kenbu, and I thought I could share this great traditional practice by telling others about it. I would like to support traditional Japanese culture in my own way.

Where you'll be

First, we will visit Minatogawa Shrine, where the great general Masashige Kusunoki is deified. We'll learn about the history and the relationship between this shrine and kenbu. After that, we will go to the community center and meet the kenbu masters.

Keep these in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

Please bring your camera. There is quite a lot of walking involved, so wear comfortable, easily removed shoes. Don't think too hard—just enjoy the tradition.
martial arts
Discover traditional sword dancing
New experience
$104 per person
New experience
$104 per person