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Learn the Samurai Way of the Sword


Swordsmanship and insights into the samurai way of life are taught by a master in the historical region of Aizu.


Aizu is the historic location where some of Japan’s last samurai fought battles to preserve their traditional way of life. It is a fitting place to learn about the samurai lifestyle and culture, and how to wield a samurai sword in combat. 


The instructor, Tetsuro Shimaguchi, is a master swordsman who developed a style of samurai training known as kengido—a mix of sword-fighting with the samurai way of life, including its spiritual and artistic traditions. He has traveled the world to perform in front of awed audiences, and he was even the sword fight choreographer for the action film, “Kill Bill.”



In this half-day program, participants will experience the thrills of watching a professional performance up close, undergo carefully supervised training in sword-fighting and exercises, and finally take part in choreographed fight scenes with experienced instructors. The lessons take place at Ookawaso, a spectacular traditional Japanese inn, located in the hot spring town of Ashinomaki Onsen. Options include a stay at the facilities, meals, and other cultural activities.


Visits to castle ruins and other local spots of interest can be added to enhance your knowledge of the lost world of the samurai.


Access: It takes about 40 minutes from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station to the site by bus or car, and about 3 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to the site by car.



Aizu Samurai Method KENGIDO Experience


984 Shimodaira, Ashinomaki, Oto-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken


3 hours




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