Samurai Culture Day Tour of Inuyama

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1 Day
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 6
Your Experience at a Glance

Learn about life as a Samurai, train in the art of swordplay, and explore Japan’s oldest castle. Try local street food specialties, and learn about the tea culture of the Samurai at Inuyama City’s castle town.

Experience Price

35,000 yen per person (from 2-6 people)

Experience Type

Private Tour

Meeting Location

Nagoya Station Golden Clock (Google Maps)

End Location

Nagoya Station Golden Clock (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

08:00 (9 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Spanish, German, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Fluent ★★★★
German: Native ★★★★★
Spanish: Native ★★★★★
Japanese: Fluent ★★★★

Price Includes

  • Tour guide fees
  • Lunch food tour
  • Entry Fees to castle, garden, and museums
  • Iaido sword fighting lesson

Price Excludes

  • All transportation fees throughout the tour
  • Transportation to and from the experience

Additional Information

  • Bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain
  • If you have any food allergies please let us know at the time of your booking
  • Not accessible for strollers and wheelchairs
What You'll Do

You will be exploring a less-traveled side of Japan.

Together with your knowledgeable guide, you will spend one day exploring a real castle town and feeling like a Samurai and understanding their life. Start the day by learning how to fight with a Samurai sword, following a tradition called Iaido. Explore the architecture of an original Samurai castle and its castle town by visiting museums. 

Lunch will be a fun food tour sampling local treats along the main road, and finish your day in one of Japan’s best tea houses surrounded by a tranquil garden.

  • Learn to fight like a Samurai
  • Visit Japan's oldest castle
  • Feast on local street food
Your Experience Step by Step

Meet at Nagoya Station

Meet your guide at Nagoya station and take the train for 30 minutes to Inuyama City.

Learn Iaido sword fighting techniques

It’s time to learn how to fight like a Samurai with a real Katana sword. The first step on your journey is to learn the basics of Iaido, the defensive sword fighting technique exercised exclusively against phantom opponents.

Visit Inuyama Castle

The main highlight of the town is Inuyama Castle, the smallest of the original remaining Japanese castles. Enjoy the charming exterior and interior and sweeping views of the surroundings including the Kiso River.

Food tour of Inuyama

After this much exercise in the morning, you will be hungry for sure. That’s where Inuyama’s excellent street food comes in. There are local specialties next to national favorites, and Instagrammable sweets, next to savory goodies.
Explore the diverse Japanese street food culture on a food tour of the scenic Inuyama castle town.

Urakuen Garden

The cultural Samurai were not only interested in sword fighting but also in the pursuit of art. Visit Urakuen Garden and the tea house Jo-an named one of the best in the country to enjoy a cup of Matcha green tea in a tranquil setting.

Train to Nagoya 

Take the train to Nagoya where the final part of your adventure awaits.

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host
Lena and Elly hosts

Lena Yamaguchi & Elisabeth Llopis

We are the co-founders of Nagoya is not boring. We look forward to guiding you around our second home Nagoya and its off-beat surroundings.

Lena is from Germany and she especially loves exploring food and food culture in Japan. Her favorite food is Hitsumabushi, Nagoya’s version of grilled eel on rice.

Elly, from the resort island of Mallorca in Spain, loves all things Japanese culture and history like Kimono, traditional dance called Nihon Buyo, and Sake.

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