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Mesmerizing Kyoto Experience with the Last Samurai for Two

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Why we included this experience:

  • No better way to discover the secrets of Japan's former capital
  • Meet Japan's Last Samurai - Joe Okada
  • Up close Samurai sword handling demonstration - you can volunteer

Experience description

Beautiful, mystical Kyoto was the seat of imperial Japan for centuries, home to 72 emperors and 3 shoguns. Often known as The City of Ten Thousand Shrines, there are numerous well-preserved examples that serve as venerated places of worship. Beginning at the magnificent City Hall Plaza which brims with activity, Joe will escort you to a well-known Buddhist temple and a Shinto shrine before visits to the traditional workshops of a wood engraver, and a brush and ink maker, to see skilled Japanese craftsmen at work.

The tour continues with a visit to the delightful Kyoto Imperial Garden Forest, a haven of tranquility where you’ll roam the peaceful Shusui-tei Garden - our tip is to find the bridge spanning the pond which gives superb views of the Imperial Palace. Here also is a well-known traditional teahouse where you can imbibe a refreshing cup of this Japanese speciality.

Lunch will be taken after a delicious sampling session at a local market, following which Joe will give a thrilling Samurai sword-show, featuring his world-famous trick of slicing apples in mid-air! Seriously folks, we cannot recommend this tour highly enough - this is a Tinggly must-do.

Experience details




All year


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  • The colours and fragrances of the beautiful Shusui-tei Gardens
  • Visiting an authentic Japanese teahouse
  • Bartering for fresh produce at a popular local market
  • Samurai Joe’s action-packed sword demonstration

What's Included:

  • Samurai demonstration
  • Light lunch

Good to know:

  • Available only on Saturdays
Photo and video credit goes to our wonderful Tinggly Ambassador Aileen from IamAileen. She has tried this experience and wrote a review! Read it and make sure this experience is right for you!

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