Undergo a Samurai Experience & Learn About Miyamoto Musashi in Kumamoto

Undergo a Samurai Experience & Learn About Miyamoto Musashi in Kumamoto
  • Duration: 90 Minutes (approx.)

  • Location:熊本市, 熊本県

    Product code:EN-KUM-7109-71090


Channel your inner samurai on this 90-minute plan and learn authentic laido (a Japanese martial art) from a teacher who inherited the teachings of one of the most powerful samurai in Japan, Miyamoto Musashi. You will not only experience being a samurai, but you will also learn the spirituality of the samurai. At the end of your training, you will receive a certificate of training completion with your name written on it along with a Japanese hand towel to commemorate your experience.


  • Hold and use a real sword. 
  • Learn bushido (moral codes and lifestyle of samurai) from a teacher who inherited Niten Ichiryu, the style of the strongest samurai in Japan, Miyamoto Musashi. 
  • Gain knowledge about the spirituality of laido (a style of Japanese martial arts) while having matcha and Japanese sweets. 
  • Receive a “Certificate of Completion of Training” with your name on it and a Japanese hand towel. 
  • Kumamoto Castle is nearby, so you can enjoy the beautiful castle after your experience.


● Learn the basic fundaments of bushido with the strongest samurai, Miyamoto Mushashi. (Matcha and Japanese sweets are included.)
● Wield a real sword and experience Iaido, the art of wielding a Japanese sword.
● Take a commemorative photo and recieve a certificate of completion, with your name on it, as well as a Japanese hand towel.


The world-famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi is the strongest in Japan, and he is said to have never been defeated. He spent his later years in Kumamoto and wrote the “Book of Five Rings” in a cave called Reigan-do in Kumamoto City. He created his own swordsmanship style known as Niten Ichiryu. 

More about Miyamoto Musashi:

(1) He was a samurai that pursued the arts. He thought that improving artistic ability was important for polishing swordsmanship, and created various works of art. He channeled his creativity through ink paintings and tsuba (metal fittings attached to the sword) and some of them are stored at the Shimada Museum of Art in Kumamoto City.

(2) He mastered his swordsmanship to protect the house and the lord. As the times shifted from the Sengoku period (1467 – 1615), the era of war, to the Edo period (1603 – 1868), when peace was sought, he tried not only to win but to protect. This kind of swordsmanship and spirituality are inherited as Iaido.

In this plan, you can learn the 375-year-old swordsmanship style and spirituality of samurai from a teacher who inherited Niten Ichiryu.

Both beginners and those who have experienced other samurai cultures are welcome to learn about the samurai culture unique to Kumamoto to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture.


  • Time:90 min
  • Meeting point: Musashi building
    Kumamoto-shi, Chuo-ku, Shimodori 1-6-4
  • Access:
    ●7-minute walk from Kumamoto Castle
    ●5-minute walk from Hanabatacho Station
  • Language support: Japanese, English
  • Included:
    ・Matcha and Japanese sweets
    ・Rental costume
    ・Certificate of Completion of Training, Japanese hand towel
  • Excluded: Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Participation requirements: Over 16 years old
  • Free wi-fi: No
  • Toilet: Available(Western style)


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.