Hello! My name is Mayumi.
I'm a licensed English tour guide and also a Kendo instructor certified by the Japan Kendo Federation.
I used to work for a travel agency for four years and took people from Japan and abroad to a lot of nice Japanese tourist attractions.
As for Kendo, one of traditional martial arts, I am at the 5th grade level called " go-dan" in Japanese. In the world of Kendo, more than a 4th grade level is considered to be the master level. I've been doing Kendo for over 20years .Historically, Kendo is closely related to samurai, so I usually perform just like the real samurai during the practice.
I 'm looking forward to having a good time with you!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 2 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Mayumi was absolutely wonderful from the beginning. She ensured our ability to meet her at the training facility, since we drove instead of taking the train. She was outside in the cold, waiting for us and made certain we had a place to park. Upon arrival, we were able to change into our Kendo gear for our lesson. She had her daughter with her and they proceeded to teach us the basics of Kendo and let us know why we were doing things rather than just how. It was great having her daughter there, so she could demonstrate on her while we both watched. Mayumi ensured we developed a basic level of competency, so we could actually do the exercises. In the end my friend and I got to put on the armor and actually spar each other as though we were fighting in a tournament. Before we left M... read more
Hello Lorelei, Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the session. It might be a little complicated for people who do Kendo for the first time, but no problem for you! You and your friend figured out properly what I explained to you about not only the technical things but its spirit, which made things smooth, so we could proceed to next steps quickly. If you continue to practice it regularly, you could develop both physical and mental aspects. I can help you anytime. Mayumi
We have had to postpone our kendo session due to unforeseen illness but Mayumi was extremely sympathetic and accommodating to our request to reschedule. Very much appreciated. We will write a full review once we have the session - we are looking forward to it!
Hi Nina, thank you so much for your review. It can’t be helped your husband got sick, which was unexpected for us. I’m ready to have you on my session anytime. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!
The experience itself is really fantastic and Mayumi-san's English is very fluent. She is really friendly too! I have wonderful time with her. Recommended everyone who want to experience Kendou.
Hello Benz, thank you so much for your review, and for coming all the way to Yokohama from Chiba on your holidays. I’m very happy to see you enjoyed it. Also will be happy to have you on our kendo club!! We all are looking forward to seeing you again. Please don’t hesitate to contact me again. Send me email I showed you on the session. Thank you. Mayumi
This Kendo Experience is brilliant, we can not recommend it enough. Mayumi and her assistant ensured the lesson was insightful, practical and most importantly, a lot of fun. She picked us up from the station and dropped us off, her correspondence before hand was perfect and we were well prepared in advance. The kit you use is of the highest quality, the gymnasium was more than big enough and Mayumi is a fantastic teacher. There's nothing that we would have changed about this experience, it was simply wonderful. If you are in the area, DO IT!
Hello Max, Thank you so much for your review ! I'm really happy to receive it and to know you recommend my session to future guests. As I wrote my blog, I was moved to hear this was a surprise present for your wife, so I hope I fully helped you.Your family were so lovely, of course you and your wife performed kendo very well, so both of us were pleased to give you teaching. Even your father and mother seemed to remember how to pull out samurai swords!! Really enjoyable for us as well. I hope your family will have a wonderful time like polite samurai in your country. Thank you again. Mayumi
I have fought medieval great sword for 15 years. I wanted to experience the eastern styles and techniques. This class allowed for that. This is not just swinging a stick around for a couple of hours. You walk through the history and tradition of the Samurai. You then learn the foot work followed by the sword work. You get to do live practice with instruction followed by match play. I was even “allowed” to win one. I took a couple of employees to this and would recommend this as a unique group event.
Hello Louis, Thank you so much for your reviews. I'm really happy to hear you had a fun and felt the spirit of samurai. You got the hang of it so quickly, performing it very well. Especially, you got a point by hitting the assistant's head with exact precision during the match. I think it's because you already had a your own style and techniques. I was moved to get the coin you made. What a nice one !! Culture is different from country to country, through my session, we understood cross-cultural experience, didn't we ? That was so fun for me as well. Thank you again. Mayumi