A unique Samurai experience in a Zen temple

Ever wanted to learn to appreciate the Japanese Sword with a master swordsmith?

Japan Holidays offers premium programs in Japanese traditional culture that will take you off the beaten track to places hard to find to give you unforgettable experiences.

Bring out your inner ninja with an unforgettable zen meditation, sword martial arts and samurai armour wearing. You will be instructed by highly qualified masters in historic Kige-in temple, Kamakura – the birthplace of the samurai regime, the Kamakura shogunate.

  • A professional kimono teacher will assist both men and women with changing into traditional hakama Japanese clothing
  • Find your own inspiration in zazen meditation instructed by the head priest
  • Practise tameshigiri drawing a wooden sword from sheath
  • Use a real Japanese sword to slice rolled up tatami mats

After even more culture?

  • Take part in an informal tea ceremony experience in an 80 year old Japanese home
  • Experience an even more authentic tea ceremony in which a traditional meal and sake is served
  • Listen to a lecture by master swordsmith Tamatsuhiro Yamamura during which will also be allowed to touch the sword.

A temple where the famous writer Natsume Soseki used to meditate

Kige-in temple is a where the famous writer Natsume Soseki used to meditate and is not open to the public. Participants will find peace in the middle of a beautiful Japanese garden with listening to the sounds of the abundant nautre. Because of its soothing atmosphere, famous Japanese writers, such as Natsume Sôseki and Shimazaki Tôson visited the Kige-in Temple to find inspiration through Zazen meditation. Both authors used the Kige-in Temple as a model for settings in their books. Sôseki described the scenery as following:

“Upon entering the temple gate, there were large cedar on the left and right, and the road was suddenly darkened by the towering trees obstructing the sky. When touched by the gloomy air, Musashi suddenly felt the distinction between the world and the temple. And, similar to the sensation when one first becomes aware of an upcoming cold, a chill ran through his body.” From Natsume Sôseki’s “Gate” (1910)

Your unique experience will be captured by a professional cameraman and photographer to show your friends and family and keep your memories for years to come.

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Take a look at the video of the swordmanship experience here