Your childhood dream now comes true. Wear a hakama or samurai armor (only available at the samurai and ninja museum) and use a real samurai sword to cut tatami mats. This centuries-old samurai practice is called Tameshigiri. It was born as a form of martial arts since the samurai always had to train to perfect their skills especially during the time of peace. Test cutting is used to check both the quality of a samurai sword and also the sophistication of the sword using skills of the samurai. There are many different materials to test the quality of cuts including thin steel, rice straws and tatami mats. In this experience you will use a material shown in the picture (tatami mats made out of bamboo).
• Use a real samurai sword • Once in a lifetime experience • Feel like a real samurai • Free tour of the samurai and ninja museum offered by licensed tour guides • Convenient location and costs a fraction of similar experiences This activity takes place inside the samurai museum that is located in the heart of Kyoto. You get a tour of the museum that is full of ancient artifacts, authentic samurai swords and tons of replica armors from the feudal Japan. You also get a tour of the ninja exhibitions. Being Japan's largest experiential museum, the venue also provides kimono and yukata experiences, tea ceremony services and zen meditation services in case you have a friend or a family member who is coming along. You can have this experience on any day of the year. If you would like to do the activity outside the museum, please drop us a message as we have several dojos as well. Don't forget to check out the samurai and ninja gift shop the only English-speaking place in downtown Kyoto that sells real samurai swords, antique samurai armors in addition to ninja tabi-socks.