Experience Kendo in Kyoto

京都市左京区聖護院円頓美町, Japan

Experience hosted by Tomoyoshi

2 hours, Hosted in English, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified)
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Up to 10 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

"Experience KENDO" offers authentic BUSHIDO ("WAY OF SAMURAI") learning experience through the lecture and basic motions of the traditional martial arts, KENDO ("WAY OF SWORD"). Tomoyoshi, the instructor, will give you a short lecture on how ancient swordsmanship of SAMURAI later developed into KENDO. He will share the heroic stories of ancient SAMURAIS including his own great-grandfather, Yoshishige Hayashi. He will also share the controversial influence of BUSHIDO values to this nation and his family into extremism especially in the period of WW2. He will end his story on how redemption came and led him to the current inner peace and to the life of a pacifist.

After the lecture, you will wear all the KENDO armors and will learn the basic KENDO movements. At the end, you will get to do the KENDO match to each other. Upon successfully completing the workshop, you will receive a beautifully designed “Certificate of Experience”. Tomoyoshi will teach you everything in English. Q&A is always welcomed. Photo taking is freely allowed. His wife, Tomoko, who also has a rich Kendo experience will assist ladies and children in any necessary way. It is a very safe activity but exciting enough to meet your adventurous expectation. We are confident that this is one of the best workshops you can find in this kind!
Other things to note
Please make sure to arrive at the venue 30 MINUTES before the workshop starting time. The Dojo is considered as the most sacred martial arts center in Japan, so please act with respectful manner.
"Experience KENDO" offers authentic BUSHIDO ("WAY OF SAMURAI") learning experience through the lecture and basic motions of the traditional martial arts, KENDO ("WAY OF SWORD"). Tomoyoshi, the instructor, will give you a short lecture on how ancient swordsmanship of SAMURAI later developed into KENDO. He will share the heroic stories of ancient SAMURAIS including his own great-grandfather, Yoshishige Hayashi. He will also share the controversial…

What's included

  • Equipment
    All Kendo wears and equipments

Meet your host, Tomoyoshi

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Welcome to "Experience Kendo in KYOTO” booking page!
My name is Tomoyoshi Yamanaka. I am your instructor in this workshop and very much looking forward to meeting you all! I grew up with a rich heritage of BUSHIDO tradition and KENDO practice. I am the fourth generation descendant of the last Samurai, Yoshishige Hayashi, who served the Hikone clan in today's Shiga prefecture about 150 years ago. It is my honor to introduce to you this part of Japanese culture. I trust your experience will be one of the most exciting, inspiring, and memorable ones during your time in Japan!
Welcome to "Experience Kendo in KYOTO” booking page!
My name is Tomoyoshi Yamanaka. I am your instructor in this workshop and very much looking forward to meeting you all! I grew up with a rich heritage of BUSHIDO tradition and KENDO practice. I am the fourth generation descendant of the last Samurai, Yoshishige Hayashi, who served the Hikone clan in today's Shiga prefecture about 150 years ago. It is my honor to introduce to you this part of Japanese culture. I trust your experience will…
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From $69
/person
Fri., Aug. 6
$69 per person
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Join 5 other guests
$69 per person
Tue., Aug. 10
$69 per person
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Join 1 other guest
$69 per person
Mon., Aug. 16
$69 per person
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$69 per person

Where you'll be

The main venue will be Kyoto's own "Butokuden" in Kyoto Budo Center. It is the hall of fame and oldest Kendo Dojo existing in today’s world. It was built in 1899 and miraculously survived the WW2 devastation. In 1996, Japanese government officially recognized it as a nation's important cultural asset. Please be notified that in case the Dojo is occupied by other groups, we will be using the sub-Dojo within the same property of Kyoto Budo Center.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 378 reviews.

Fernanda
July 2021
It was an amazing experience that immerses you into the life of the samurai. Something you can’t miss while visiting the Kyoto region.
Sophie
April 2021
Tomoyoshi and Tomoko are very welcoming and nice. The history lecture was quite in-depth and linked kendo to the famous samurai lords we had learned about before visiting. The workshop taught kendo basics in a fun and practical way. We left with a new appreciation of this traditional sport and I definitely hope to do kendo again. Kyoto is a great city and I definitely recommend trying this kendo class while you are here to bring the history and samurai stories to life.
Tomoyoshi and Tomoko are very welcoming and nice. The history lecture was quite in-depth and linked kendo to the famous samurai lords we had learned about before visiting. The work…
Yan
April 2021
剑道老师有在美国留学的经验,英语口语非常好。这次体验不仅学习到了剑道的一些基本知识,以及也了解到了很多日本文化。非常感谢老师的耐心讲解,对于外国人来说是一次很难忘的经历。以后有机会还会和朋友一起去
Angelo
April 2021
This is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Kyoto. Tomoyoshi is a masterful instructor and teacher. The swordsmanship techniques were taught with the highest care and patience, while the in-depth history lecture was told with great passion. The location itself makes for a humbling experience and I left with a newfound appreciation for Japanese culture and history. I've only been in Kyoto for about a day, but I can say with utmost certainty that this will be the highlight of my entire journey.
This is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Kyoto. Tomoyoshi is a masterful instructor and teacher. The swordsmanship techniques were taught with the highest care and patience…
Winona
April 2021
Such an amazing experience especially since it was also held at the oldest active dojo in Japan! We not only learned about Kendo but also its history and its ties with the history of Japan. We get to appreciate the art of the sport more. We were lucky enough to have a more personal session as there were no other participants. I bet this experience is always fully booked during regular times and I understand why! It was not just educational but so much fun as well. We were looking forward to this for a long time and it did not disappoint!
Such an amazing experience especially since it was also held at the oldest active dojo in Japan! We not only learned about Kendo but also its history and its ties with the history…
毛利
March 2021
日本人で、剣道の経験は全くない状態で参加させてもらいました。剣道の歴史や背景が分かったり、お話も、お写真で怖い方かしら、と思ったけど、かなりお話、面白かったです。 防具をつけての体験も、なかなか出来ない事なので、とても興味深かったです。日本の人も、特にお子さんとかもっと体験したらいいのにって思いました。(不登校の子とかにもいいのではないかなとか)

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  • Fri., Aug. 6
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Join 5 other guests
    $69 per person
  • Tue., Aug. 10
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $69 per person
  • Mon., Aug. 16
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $69 per person
  • Wed., Aug. 18
    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    $69 per person
  • Fri., Aug. 20
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $69 per person
  • Mon., Aug. 23
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $69 per person
  • Fri., Aug. 27
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $69 per person
  • Mon., Aug. 30
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    $69 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

A bottle of water or sports drink is recommendable.

In winter season, it is recommendable to wear thermal underwears.