The way of the warrior in Kyoto: use a real katana at Kyoto Samurai Experience!
Have you ever wondered what wielding a real katana would be like? I know I have. And in Kyoto, you actually get to experience this, and you even get cut a goza mat with your katana! The experience takes place in a 250-year old samurai mansion, which used to belong to a high-ranking samurai who was related to the imperial family through marriage.
The experience starts with the staff telling about the samurai mansion, the history of it and about all the symbolism you can see inside of it. Then you get to actually see the sensei (master), Masato Tabata, who will tell you about the samurai, Zen, and display some of his awesome sword skills.