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Private Katana Sword Lai Lesson with a Samurai Descendant

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Marunouchi, Japan

From USD238.18

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Get your adrenaline pumping and make like a samurai during this 1.5-hour private sword lesson in Tokyo. Held in a ‘dōjō’ training center in Ginza, your lesson will be taught by a 7th-level sword master trained in the Hisui-style of of Iai sword drawing. You’ll learn about the history of curved katana swords and how to safely use them, before practicing chopping up mats with your own sword! You’ll even wear a traditional kimono like the samurai. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see part of Japan’s culture, up close.
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Try on a traditional kimono before your lesson
  • Learn about the history and safe way to use a curved katana sword
  • Practice your skills by chopping up grass tatami mats
  • Visit Ginza, an old neighborhood in the heart of bustling Tokyo
  • Avoid extra hassle with free hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup
One-way subway transportation to the lesson
Private instructor and translator
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Hotel drop-off

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Traveler pickup is offered
Our guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby. The pick-up time will be specified to you once you confirm your booking.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Experience uses real swords
  • Minimum age is 8 years old
  • Anyone younger than 16 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult
  • All passenger ages MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems or medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Mina Japan

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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What is the maximum group size during Private Katana Sword Lai Lesson with a Samurai Descendant?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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A Sword lesson to remember
, Dec. 2019
This was one of the best experiences in Japan. The whole tour and experience were so well organised, the location was inspiring... and the teacher took me in time and me feel part of the culture through this hour's training... fun, educational and surely very memorable. The lady who was running the tour took all the perfect photographs... would surely recommend it.
Experience of lifetime
Mitzi I
, Oct. 2019
24 year old grandson and nephew took a lesson and they loved it. Using the real katana and able to cut the tatami pole was their highlight! Teacher was very good with sense of humor. At first I thought the price was high but it was worth it.
This is a DON'T MISS in Tokyo
, Oct. 2019
I got this as a surprise for my husband on our trip to Japan this year. He had THE BEST TIME! And so did I. Our guide came to our hotel to pick us up, guided us through the train station with ease, gave us a short pre-lesson on the train, and acted as an AMAZING photographer during our session. The samurai descendant and his team were amazing, funny, kind, and helpful. They gave us an awesome demonstration, showed us the basic moves, and let us try our hand at slicing through bamboo mats with the katanas we'd just learned how to yield. They were SO kind and accommodating. My husband said it's been the highlight of our 2 weeks in Japan. I cannot recommend this enough!!!
This lesson was definitely one of...
Alexander S
, Apr. 2018
This lesson was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Japan. The lesson felt very authentic and made it feel like you were in an actual dojo. The instructor was very knowledgeable and a very accomplished swordsman, who did a very good job explaining how to perform the cross cut. He also gave us a very informative and interesting lesson on the the different aspects of being a samurai in order to give context to what we were learning. Our translator and guide, as well as the other staff, were very respectful and courteous. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in learning how to cut with a Katana.
This tour is worth every cent!!! The...
, Nov. 2017
This tour is worth every cent!!! The highlight of our trip! I cannot recommend this enough!
One of the Tokyo trip highlights for...
James K
, Apr. 2016
One of the Tokyo trip highlights for my family and kids. Didn't have any Viator reviews to read when we booked, so a little hesitant, but so glad I trusted my gut. Met by a very friendly local Japanese woman who spoke good English--she walked and rode the subway with us to the Ginza studio. Studio is upscale on a luxury street in Ginza. Upon arrival, staff helped us dress into Samurai clothing--very fastidious and took about 15 minutes--treat it as an honor. Staff very friendly and helpful. The Samurai met us in the large studio classroom where we started with a group lesson 5 people with dull-blade swords. Samurai was very friendly, interested in sharing his expertise and helping us learn, and yet serious because he wants to make sure that everyone knows you can get hurt if not careful. Proud of his expertise. All good. After the group lesson, each participant was able to swing a sharp blade Samurai sword and cut through rolled tatami mats stuck vertically onto a post--to represent a human neck. Samurai guided through the entire process and was very encouraging. Two women, two men, and one child for our lesson. Game of Thrones fans, this is a chance to swing a real, 80yr old sword and really cut something. Exhilarating and a unique learning experience. Only bring kids who can self-control behavior and understand the need to be respectful to the staff and surroundings. Young kids who cannot participate can dress and watch while sitting in a chair IF AND ONLY IF can be completely quiet the entire time without need for video games to keep them quiet. Our 5yr old enjoyed watching silently. Be respectful and this will be an experience you and your family remember for the rest of your life.

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