The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo has enhanced its
Culture Experience programme, with An Encounter with Bushido, an
ancient code of honour and ethics developed by the Japanese
This exclusive experience offers guests
the opportunity to take lessons in Samurai sword martial arts, or
participate in an exclusive Samurai tea ceremony followed by a
Michelin 3-star Japanese meal served in a traditional ryotei
The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is located in the
prestigious Nihonbashi area, where 400 years of history and
traditions mix with modern urban innovations.Its Culture Experience programme was
launched in 2008 to offer exclusive opportunities for guests to
experience Japanese traditional culture.
An encounter with
Bushido – Lessons in Japanese sword martial arts from the 17th
Japanese martial arts is one of the proud traditions
of the Japanese.
Mugai-ryu Iaido, a school of the art of drawing
swords, which was founded during the 17th century Edo Genroku
Period by master swordsman and Zen practitioner Sukemochi Gettan.
Mugai-ryu has been practiced for over 300 years since, following
the guidelines originally laid down by Gettan.
The Encounter with
Bushido experience involves a visit to the Mugai-ryu training
facility in Nihonbashi, where a master will personally instruct
guests in a two-hour introductory course or a 7-hour one-day
At the end of both courses, participants will
receive instruction in the use of an authentic sword, and will
receive a certificate of attendance.
Lunch will be served at the
famed Kappo Toyoda restaurant in Nihonbashi, which was founded in
1863, and whose fifth generation head chef is also a 6th degree
master of Mugai-ryu Iaido.
Rates are from JPY31,175 per
person for a two hour introductory course, or from JPY55,000 per
person for a one day induction course, inclusive of fees for an
This programme is available
Monday through Saturday except for national holidays.
Rates are inclusive of lunch but not beverages. Prices
for lunch are subject to change based on the menu
served. Rates are inclusive of 5% consumption tax and
10% service charge. Reservations must be completed no
later than 3 days in advance.
Experience a 300-year-old hidden Tea
Ceremony once exclusively for Samurai in a three-star Michelin
Sekishu-ryu Isa-ha, originated by Sekishu
Katagiri, the Grand Tea Master for Ietsuna Tokugawa, the 4th
Shogun of the Tokugawa reign, is an exclusive Samurai tea ceremony
that is based on the spirit of the Bushido art form, and which has
been kept a jealously guarded secret for over 300 years.
As a result of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s collaboration with
Sekishu-ryu Isa-ha together with the Michelin 3-star ryotei
restaurant Hamadaya, Sekishu-ryu Isa-ha will open its doors for
the first time in history and offer the outside world the
opportunity to experience its unique heritage. After experiencing
this traditional tea ceremony in the serene and beautiful tea
house setting of Hamadaya, guests will enjoy the best of the
season prepared by the restaurant’s Michelin 3-star chef.
This once in a lifetime experience is limited to one party of up
to eight people per day. Rates are from JPY94,000 for a party of
two, with JPY47,000 for each additional person.
This programme is
available on Monday or Friday from 7pm. Rates are inclusive of
kaiseki course dinner but not beverages, prices for dinner are
subject to change based on the menu served.
Rates are inclusive of
5% consumption tax and 10% service charge. Reservations must be
completed no later than 3 days in advance, a 50% cancellation fee
will be levied from 3 days prior to the booking date.
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s “Culture Experience” programme also includes options to enjoy the performances of the
geisha of Shimbashi at a first-class Japanese restaurant, as well
as an “Anniversary Plan” to celebrate a special day, or a “City
Cruise Plan” for a luxurious sightseeing tour of Tokyo.
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