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Iaido Experience Tour to learn Samurai spirit near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

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《You can experience Test cutting of Shizan(to be detailed later)which is most suitable for learning the Samurai spirit. Moreover,old swords produced in the 15th to 16th centuries, which are said to have excellent sharpness ever, are used!!》
【Video on the tour →
◆History of the school
Mugai Ryu(school) Iai, the classical samurai art of drawing the sword was created by the founder of Mugai Ryu,辻月旦資茂Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi(1648~1727). Mugai Ryu was exceedingly practical Iai to be useful for actual combat.
Additionally,considering the importance of the mental aspects of swordsmanship, Gettan joined the Zen seminary at KYUKOU-ji temple in Edo and studied under the famouse SEKITAN Zen bishop.
Gettan and his Mugai Ryu became so famous in its day. Not only samurai but also Daimyo or feudal lord joined this school. And, Mugai Ryu greatly flourished especially among high class samurai including Shogun’s retainers during the Edo Period(1603~1868).
Head Master of the school who restored the old Iai-swordsmanship style with a historical background under the school name of “Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouhou(Military tactics)” directly teaches you the Samurai spirit through Shizan modified for beginner!!
Shizan refers to the Test Cutting,which is a practice of cutting a simulated target(rolled tatami mat top layers of being soaked in water to add density) with a descending diagonal cut from the upper right to the lower left using a real Japanese sword from unsheathed position.
Shizan was popularized in the Edo Period for testing the quality of Japanese swords.

◆Details of the tour(cf.the pics displayed on slides)
This practice requires practitioner’s concentration and courage, as might be expected of a practice performed with a real Japanese sword.
Head Master of "Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouho", who is placing high value on the mental aspects of Swordsmanship like Gettan, created this Shizan experience program to provide beginners the opportunity to try Shizan and to be exposed to the samurai spirit while sufficiently giving consideration to the safety of the attempt.
And,Head Master himself spoon-feeds you considering an individual difference such as physical conditions and a physical strength!!
Success in the attempt doesn't matter, because this program's purpose lies the experience of the Samurai spirit!! Just feel the Samurai spirit trying test cutting seriously with a real Japanese sword !! Additionally,while commemorative photographing(dressed like a Samurai holding a Japanese sword)is of course carried out, you may also take pictures during the experience program and dojyo staff films your attempt!!
That’s why you can capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!! Furthermore,you can enjoy a kind of antique weapons collection tour during the break time!! In addition,those are not replica but genuine ones which are supposed to be exhibited in museums!! And, unlike museums, you can film them and even touch them!! After the lesson,amazing demonstration performed by Head Master of the school is waiting for you!!
So, see you in the dojo!!

◆Please choose from the three sessions below.(Starting time of sessions are adjustable within 30 minutes or so)
10:00 Lesson start
11:30 Finish
13:00 Lesson start
14:30 Finish
15:00 Lesson start
16:30 Finish

Course(Visiting Spots)

Learn the SAMURAI spirit!! Authentic Iaido experience near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!!
[The venue:”Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouho” dojo]
※You'll slip back in time to the Edo Period in dojo filled with the nostalgic air of Samurai, where you will experience the samurai spirit through Test cutting of Sizan with real Japanese sword produced in the Medieval Ages.

1.Experience the samurai spirit through Sizan in the authentic Iaido dojo in the center city of Tokyo(Kudanshita,Chiyoda Ward)!!
2.Enjoy a kind of antique weapons collection tour during the break time!!
3.Capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!! (Commemorative photographing(dressed like a Samurai holding a Japanese sword), Photography allowed during the class, Dojyo staff films your attempt!!)
4.Amazing demonstration performed by Head Master of the school!!
(cf.the video on the tour)

Departure Time 10:00AM
Duration 2 hours
Number of People 1~6
Meeting Point Kudanshita station(Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway) Exit A5 (5 minutes walk to the dojo)
Tour End Kudanshita station
What's Included Guide fee
Lesson fee(instruction by master, assistants)
Rental Samurai sword and Iaido outfit
Transportation fee(guide)
What's Excluded Transportation fee(you): From your place to Kudanshita station
Hotel pick up: if you needed
Reservation Deadline 1 days before the tour
Others 【Important】
◆Check for availability
Please use the mail form on the Guide’s page to inquire about availability for your desired date and session regardless of the availability calender
And,I’ll email you a valid availability for them within 2 hours!!
◆You can try this practice without worrying about your physical strength and experience, but please follow faithfully the instructions given by the master !!
  • Hiroki
  • Language:English
  • Interpreter Guide Number:EN00962
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Tour Fee

  • US$104 1people
  • US$83 2people
  • US$83 3people
  • US$83 4people
  • US$83 5people
  • US$83 6people

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20% Cancellation Fee
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50% Cancellation Fee
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