Samurai Performance in Kyoto

1 hour


Sit back and relax for one hour of narrative Kembu (sword performance), an art that demonstrates the Samurai culture of Japan.

Why to buy

  • Immerse yourself in the informative Samurai performance
  • Learn about this ancient culture, a warrior class that ruled Japan for over 700 years
  • Take photos with the performers as you hold the sword in your hand


As evening approaches, head to the Samurai Kembu Theatre, situated in downtown Kyoto by 5:00 PM. The gates open by 5:15 PM and you shall be shown to your seats. Once you have removed your footwear and taken a seat, settle down as the show begins with an introductory narrative about the Japanese traditional art of Kembu.

Before every demonstration, the immersive narrative shall explain the significance behind it and this show shall give you a comprehensive insight into the culture of the samurai, a warrior class that ruled Japan from the 12th to 19th century. Samurai were said to perform this ritual during the feudal times for courage and concentration.

Today, you can watch the masters wield swords and recite short Japanese poems. These were written by the samurai before battle. Kembu today is a blend of the traditional and modern but is still a preserved part of the culture. Gain more understanding about the suicide ritual, seppuku or hara-kiri and discover the art of folding a fan, which is a sign of respect in the Japanese culture.

Finally, at the end of the show, you get a chance to take a picture with the performers and the sword.

1-hour Samurai Show
Interaction and photo session with the performers
Food & Beverages
Hotel Transfers


1 hour
Monday 5:00 PM Tuesday 5:00 PM Wednesday 5:00 PM Thursday 5:00 PM Friday 5:00 PM Saturday 5:00 PM 
Language used
Child allowed age
0 - 11 years
Meeting point
Samurai Kembu Kyoto theater
End point
Samurai Kembu Kyoto theater

Good to know

  • Kindly arrive at the theatre on time.The gates open at 5:00 PM, while the show begins at 5:15 PM.

Additional Information

  • Kids from ages 0-4 years are allowed free of charge.

Cancellation policy

  • Please refer to your booking for the cancellation policy.


Japan, 605-0005 Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Sanchme, GOZAN
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