Samurai of Culture is a tour that offers guests the opportunity to connect with the authentic traditions of the samurai class passed down in the Kagoshima region for over 400 years. Through our many years of experience in Japanese traditional arts and deep connection in the Kagoshima region, we offer unprecedented access to master craftsmen, teachers, and performers, allowing our guests to feel the true spirit of the samurai.
For those of us today living in a busy modern society, studying the culture of the samurai can give us insights into our posture, attention, focus, and concentration, as well as fostering the determination needed to carry out our goals to the fullest. We can also appreciate their high sense of art, culture, and the natural surroundings that inspired them.
Kagoshima is a prefecture located in the southern part of the island of Kyushu. It is known for its rich natural beauty, with many volcanoes, hot springs, and beautiful beaches. Kagoshima City is situated on the coast and offers stunning views of the nearby active volcano, Sakurajima.
The lords of the Shimazu clan watched over the land and people of Kagoshima for over 700 years from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) until the end of the Edo period (1603-1868). Presently in its 32nd generation, the Shimazu family is one of Japan’s oldest and most famous warrior clans.
Successive generations of the Shimadzu clan fostered the samurai culture of the Satsuma domain. Successful in both war and peace, the strong martial spirit of the Satsuma samurai and their development of a rich culture of art and craftsmanship created a unique regional culture that survives even today.
Located on the southern tip of Kyushu, Kagoshima boasts a rich history and stunning natural beauty that make it a popular destination for both domestic and international travellers.
From the misty peaks of the mysterious Kirishima mountains in the north, over the smouldering active volcano Sakurajima towering above Kagoshima City, through the ancient forests of Yakushima, and to the sandy shores and azure seas of the tropical islands in the south, Kagoshima possesses a depth and variety of natural beauty not found anywhere else in Japan.
This living landscape of active volcanoes, natural hot springs, oceans and islands was the stage on which a rich tapestry of culture developed over hundreds of years, under the patronage of the mighty Shimazu clan.