Musashi Ninja Clan – Shinobi-Samurai Honjin Dojo
Time Out says
Ninja and samurai warriors have long been sensationalised in movies, but you can now get a more accurate historical insight into this illustrious Japanese heritage from one of the descendants of the Musashi clan. Active during the Edo period (1603-1868), the clan was made up of the prestigious Shibata family who served the Tokugawa Shogunate for 265 years as intelligence and undercover operatives.
Run by Kiyomi Vanessa Shibata, the 20th generation representative of the clan, the centre offers hands-on ninja and samurai experiences using weapons handcrafted by the clan’s current leader. Opt for the complete workshop where you’ll also learn about meditation, ninjutsu techniques including how to use shuriken (small star-shaped throwing blades) and fukiya (blowgun), the art of stealth, and sword techniques, all while dressed in the Shibata family’s traditional ninja and samurai attires.
After the two-hour session, you’ll be rewarded with a certificate proving that you’ve been trained by the Musashi Clan – giving you bragging rights for sure. All classes come with English interpretation and can also be booked as private one-on-one sessions.
Kikai Shinko Kaikan B4F, 3-5-8 Shibakoen, Minato
|Transport:||Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya line)|
|Price:||From ¥12,000 (reservations essential via e-mail)|