Samurai & Traditional Experiences in Matsushiro
Formerly a school for the sons of samurai, the Matsushiro Bunbu Literary & Military Arts School is one of Matsushiro’s most interesting destinations and from Monday to Friday, offers visitors to try their hand at a wide variety of traditional experiences.
For aspiring samurai, ‘kyoudo’ (archery) and ‘kobudo’ (martial arts) are always popular while more serene activities including ‘ikebana’ (flower arrangement) and tea ceremony are also available.
Workshops last between 1 to 2 hours and the price varies depending on the activity, with several activities free or requiring a small payment of around JPY300 per person, Bookings must be made in advance by phone (Japanese only).
09:00 to 17:00
Monday to Friday
Varies by activity
Approximately a 50 to 70-minute drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park
From Nagano Station, take the Alpico Bus bound for Matsushiro from Bus Stop No.3 - outside the station's Zenkoji Exit - and disembark at the Matsushiro Station Bus Stop - it takes between 30 to 35 minutes. Once in Matsushiro go to your left and head toward the Tourist Information Center and Sanada Treasures Museum. Continue through Sanada Park, past the Sanada Family Residence and head to your right. The Bunbu Miliary School is located nearby