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Learning Satsuma Bushido and a Walking Tour

  • [Kagoshima] Minamisatsuma-shi
  • [Activity] History & Culture

Learn the spirits of Bushido of Satsuma! Experience Satsuma Bushido and a Walking tour

A guided tour to learn and experience the doctrine and skills of Satsumabushi, samurais from Kagoshima, they started the Meiji Restoration.
– Held in ‘Fumoto’, former samurai residences built around the castle in Kagoshima
– Learn the satsumabushi’s doctrine ‘Nisshinkou Iroha Uta’ handed down for more than 400 years
– Change into clothing for Budo (武道), Japanese martial arts, and experience Jōdō (杖道) and Iaido (居合道).
– Special tour only in Kagoshima; learn Japanese culture, traditions, arts and hospitality from Japanese tea ceremony

[Schedule] Total 2 hours 30 mins
– Meeting and moving to a room (5 mins)
– Changing into Budo-gi, clothing for Budo (10 mins)
– Demonstrating and experiencing Jōdō (杖道) and Iaido (居合道), and taking photos (45 mins)
– Guided walk to Takeda shrine and Inishie-no-Michi (45 mins)
– Tea ceremony experience in Registered Tangible Cultural Property ‘Sameshima-tei’ (25 mins)
– Moving to shrine (10 mins)
– Change clothes (10 mins)

*Tour runs with an English-speaking tour guide and Japanese-speaking tour guide.

Detailed information
All year round. Reservation required 1 week prior
(1) 09:30-12:00 (2)13:30-16:00
Time required
Approx. 2 hours 30 mins
Target age
Minimum age is 12 years old
Clothing / belongings
Comfortable shoes for walking; walking up slopes during the tour
Experience fee
JPY 6,050 per a person (tax incl.)

[What's included] Reantal kendo uniform and bamboo sword, certification
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Basic information
Name of facility
Minamisatsuma Tourism Association
’Takeda shrine' 17982, Kasada Takeda, Minamisatsuma-shi, Kagoshima prefecture
Please come in front of the torii gate of Takeda shrine.
[By car]
- Approx. 60 mins from JR Kagoshima-Chuo station
[By bus]
- Approx. 60-90 mins from JR Kagoshima-Chuo station (taking a bus toward Kaseda)
- Approx. 5 mins from Kaseda Bus Station to 'Takeda-jinja-mae' bus stop (taking a bus toward Makurazaki)
- Approx. 5 mins by taxi or 20 mins walk from Kaseda Bus Station
Not availbale
Reservation acceptability
Reservations available: Please contact us using the inquiry form below.
- This reservation will be confirmed after checking the availability.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
- This experience requires a minimum 1 travelers.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
- The reservation is required 7 days prior. (by 17:00)
- Please let us know the following information: lead traveler's name and phone number and all travelers' full names, weights, heights, clothing sizes and intended addresses (or hotel's name and address) in Japan.
About cancellation fee
- If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled date, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Consult with concierge
A dedicated concierge can help arrange the original travel plan and arrange accommodation. Please feel free to contact us
+81 92 687 4504(10:00 ~ 19:00)
A well-organized facility
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