- 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
Even if Joe is the last, he is definitely the best samurai as well! Samurai Joe showed us the gems of Kyoto, he was a conduit for us to communicate with the locals and shop owners. His company was pleasant and samurai demo was most enjoyable. We were so lucky to go on this tour at the start of our vacation in Kyoto as samurai Joe suggested many other activities and sights for us to see during the rest if our stay. His English is impeccable and I would strongly recommend attending Samurai Joe's tour as one of the first things to do in Kyoto!
Joe was funny and informative. Moreover, we enjoyed the samurai exhibition and light lunch at the end of the tour. We will definitely recommend this to our friends.
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.