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2-Hour Iaido Samurai Experience in Yamagata

Learn the art of quickly drawing the sword to respond to attacks at the birthplace of iaido!

Operation Period

All year round.

Time Required

About 2 hours

Number of Participants



13,200 JPY– (tax included)

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"Iaido" is the technique of quickly drawing and responding to attacks with a Japanese sword. Iaido is a foundation of Japanese warrior philosophy and training. This important technique was created at Hayashizaki Iai-jinja Shrine in Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture. The shrine is said to be the birthplace of Iaido, and the most important iai shrine in Japan.

During the Warring States period and early Edo period, most people believed that a sword’s only purpose was to hurt others. However, new ideas developed through iaido which focused on spiritual training, improving skills and personal growth. This “way” (“do”) of the “warrior” (“bushi”) has come to be called “Bushido”, a philosophy that attracted attention from both Japan and overseas.

~ Samurai Sword Drawing Experience ~
First participants will visit the only Iai Shrine in Japan that enshrines Iai's founder, Hayashizaki Shigenobu. Next an expert instructor will lead participants in "Shohatto," the basic forms of sword handling. Then participants can experience holding a real sword and using it to try cutting tatami rice mats.

[Time Required] 2 hours (Morning Session: 10:00-12:00, Afternoon Session: 13:30-15:30)

[Experience Flow]
1. Change into iaido uniform.
2. Visit Hayashizaki Iai-jinja Shrine.
3. Learn about the history of iaido.
4. View the instructor's iaido demonstration.
5. Learn and practice the basics of iaido.
6. Test cutting experience (with tatami rice mats).
7. Take a commemorative photo.

【Things to Bring】
In the experience, you will wear a practice uniform but your feet need to be bare to grip the floor. Please bring leggings or underwear that allow your feet to be free.

Experience Program Name2-Hour Iaido Samurai Experience in Yamagata
Activity LocationHayashizaki Iai-jinja Shrine, Iai Training Hall
Time RequiredAbout 2 hours
Operation PeriodAll year round.
Start TimeMorning Session: 10:00~ Afternoon Session: 13:30~
Minimum number of participants2people
Maximum number of participants20people
Reservation Deadline5 days before by 17:00
Important notes regarding participationPlease inform the organizer of the following information when applying:
· Gender
· Height
· If interpretation required (English, Chinese, etc.)
* Interpretation fee 15,000 yen (excluding tax) (1 experience, 1 group)
(Please pay separately from the experience fee)
Price per participant (when there are 2 or more applicants)13,200 JPY (Tax included)
Price per participant (when there is only 1 applicant)26,400 JPY (Tax included)
What is included in the priceIaido instruction fee by the instructor, training uniform and dressing fee, practice sword rental fee, trial cutting tatami material fee, venue usage fee.
What is not included in the priceTransportation fee, overnight accommodation fee, various insurances or personal expenses.
Method of PaymentCredit card, PayPay, etc.
About cancellations and changesPlease let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel.
Cancellation Policy2 days before: 20% of experience fee.
1 day before: 50% of experience fee.
Same day/No-show: 100% of experience fee.
Meeting Spot86-2 Hayashizaki, Murayama-shi, Yamagata-ken 995-0006
Meeting TimePlease come by the start time of the activity.
Access10-minute drive from Murayama Station on the JR Ou Line.
Barrier-free AccessNo
About multi-lingual supportJapanese
An English or Chinese interpreter can be provided for an additional charge of 15,000 yen per group.