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Learn the Ways of a Samurai at Shijimaya-Honpo


Admire Japanese swords and learn of their deep-rooted history


If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a samurai, a visit to Shijimaya-Honpo is in order. At this historic shop located in the beautiful castle city of Kanazawa, you can experience local samurai culture to the fullest.

The Shijimaya family first established their business as merchants in 1875, in the early Meiji era (1868–1912), and since then have continued to reside in Kanazawa’s Izumino district. Their merchant ways and culture have been passed down through the generations and remain to the present day. The influence of samurai culture has also long been seen in the family—one of their ancestors married the descendant of a samurai, and the current head of the family descends from a samurai clan.



Sign up for their Samurai and Merchant Culture Experience Course and start your journey by exploring the history of these two distinct cultures. From there, get up close and personal with authentic samurai swords that have been passed down through the years. Top the experience off by trying on a samurai kimono and snapping a couple of pictures as you pose with replica swords.

If you are looking for even more, take advantage of the optional course that includes a lavish meal of Japanese cuisine featuring traditional local fermented delicacies. 

Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa Station (about two hours 30 minutes), then take Hokutetsu Bus No. 44 to the Korinbo stop (about seven minutes). The shop is a one-minute walk away. 




Shijimaya-Honpo Yayoi-Honten


1-17-28 Yayoi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken


Approx. 1 hour or more




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