Japanese sword, sword fight, armor ......Experience spot where you can be a longed-for samurai
Tracing back Japanese history, "Samurai" started as a kind of security guard of nobility, then in the era of Edo when the society became stable, took the highest status and only position allowed to carry a sward in the social structure. On the other hand, it is often said that Samurai, who had often lived in poverty, had been no match for merchants who do business. Even so, it may be said that samurai’s attitude of trying to keep their mind noble has been shaping the image of the samurai that we are longing for. Now, we will introduce places where you can take pictures in costume of a samurai, where you can learn how to use genuine Japanese swords, and where you can experience the town in which the times of the samurai were reproduced.
Kyoto Samurai Experience
From the perspective of sword and zen, you can learnSamurai culture at Kyoto Samurai Experience.
(KSE). It is the biggest point that you can experience a real sword, and at the end of the activity, you will cut the goza with a shin-ken (a real sword). Through these experiences, you will not only experience the Samurai but also be able to touch Japanese spirit.
"Nikko" is well known for Nikko Toshogu, where Ieyasu Tokugawa who developed a foundation of the era called "Edo" was laid to rest. “Edo” is the era famous for having kept peace for over 250 years, which is rare in the world. AtEdo Wonderland Nikko Edomura in Nikko that is deeply related “Edo”, you can experience “Town of Edo” where cultures had blossomed for long, while enjoying nearby spa town. It is a theme park where, throughout the year, you can enjoy the scenery as if you had slipped back in time to 400 years ago. In the theme park, there are various attractions, such as Oiran Dochu (parade) and the judgment of Minami Municipal Office, and you can have many chances to meet people who dressed as Samurai. At a kimono rental shop, Samurai experience program in which you can transform into a samurai and learn manners is irregularly held.
TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
TOEI Kyoto Studio Park is a movie theme park in Kyoto. There, Japan of the old age is reproduced and you can enjoy such cityscape. Toei is a name of a company that produces period dramas representative of Japan. If you are lucky, you can also see actual movie shoot. If you want to enjoy while fitting into the town, there is also a transformation studio where you can experience transformation to characters of period dramas, such as maiko, princess, lords, samurai, townspeople and girls etc.
Tate School SAMURAI’ve
The secret of its popularity is being able to experience a samurai using English at "Shinjuku" with easy access. After changing to a samurai costume (Japanese clothes), you learn how to handle a sword and how to slash from the beginning. At the end of the lesson, with a lecturer playing a role of being slashed, you experience a scene like a period drama as its main cast. As the school is usually a place where aspiring professional actors gather for training, their realistic performance has gotten an endorsement. Upon request, a private lesson is available.
Sengoku Photo Studio SAMURAI
At this studio, you can have your photos taken, wearing armor of Japanese samurai warrior in the age of provincial wars. As the staff instructs the samurai pose with sword, it is attracting attention from all over the world as a spot where it is possible to take a cool SAMURAI picture. You can also listen to the history of SAMURAI and the explanation of armor, and receive photographs taken in a form of prints and data. Speedy services to allow you to take home printed goods such as filmic posters on the day as a souvenir are also received well.