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Sword Wielding Experience
A symbol of Japan, the history of the country is intertwined with that of its iconic swords. Today on this full-day tour, you will get the chance to wield a sword and learn some traditional techniques before visiting some of the key temples of Nara.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your expert local guide before being escorted to an Iaido training hall in nearby Nara, using the excellent public transport network.
Iaido is a form of swordsmanship dating back to the 1500s and emphasises smooth, fluid movements of the sword from its scabbard before returning it upon striking an opponent. You will be taught the history and uses of this discipline before getting your hands on a sword for a more practical demonstration, where you will be able to test your technique by slicing straw bundles which have been used in practise for centuries.
Following your experience with the sword, your guide will take you for lunch in nearby Nara, before exploring two of the area’s most celebrated landmarks, the Todaiji Temple, the worlds largest wooden building and also the Kasuga Taisha shrine, home to thousands of lanterns donated by worshipers. After visiting Nara, your guide will escort you back to your hotel using the public transport network.
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