Meihodo - A secret Samurai Complex in the Aso Countryside

Meihodo - A secret Samurai Complex in the Aso Countryside
  • Duration: 3 Hour(s) (approx.)

  • Location:Aso city, Kumamoto

    Product code:EN-KUM-7181-71810


You can learn Bushido surrounded by the fertile nature of Aso.


  • Experience samurai culture while basking the grandeur of nature in this one-of-a-kind, authentic zen and budo compound, built for dedicated study of the samurai arts
  • Learn from an expert well-versed in bushido, the code of honor developed by Japanese samura
  • Put yourself in the shoes of a samurai and meditate peacefully, attend a Japanese tea ceremony, or even try swinging a Japanese katana.


[Experience Details] (3h)
Demonstration / Introduction 30 minutes (Karate, Iaido, Stick, Weapon)
Dogi / Clothes (10 minutes)
Iaido practice lesson 30 minutes
↓ ※ Travel around 10 minutes while strolling in the dojo
Zen experience 3 minutes per person (about 10 minutes)
Tea ceremony / behavior, questions and answers (MAX 8 people, 30-40 minutes)
Change of clothes
Take a photo in front of a large drum


Meihodo is a sprawling, 56,000 sqm compound at the base of Mt. Aso consisting of over 20 buildings and 138 rooms to recreate an authentic Edo-era samurai residence.
Meihodo was initially built in 1997 as a private training facility for teaching and preserving the traditional Japanese arts. It is only recently that a limited number of visitors are now being allowed into the facility.
Your tour will include performances of a number of traditional Japanese arts, and you will also be taken to see some of the extremely precious historical artifacts (some dating back 800 years) on display at the facility.


  • Time:3 hours
  • Meeting point:Meihodo
    1943-28 Nagakusa, Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2231
  • Access: 
    The next door of Kenjin-juku
    Catching a taxi or getting a rental car is necessary.
  • Language support:Japanese, English(option)
  • Included:Clothes(Dogi, Hakama)
  • Excluded:English speaking guide (optional), Taxi (optional)
  • Free Wi-Fi:×
  • Toilet (Western style):〇
  • Option:
    ・English speaking guide
    ・Pickup and drop-off between Kumamoto-city and the venue (2-8 people)
  • Other things to note:If you choose an optional pickup and drop-off , fill in the booking form with a meeting point and the address where you want us to come.


7 to 4 days before the tour date: 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date: 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour: 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.