Relive the colorful history of the samurai with our special samurai-themed tours. As the Imperial capital of Japan from the 8th to the 19th centuries, Kyoto has always been a focal point for the samurai — they fought to control it, they built castles to guard it, and at the very end they fought bloody skirmishes in its streets to bring Japan into the modern era. In these tours you’ll get a taste of what it takes to be a samurai swordsman, see original-structure castles and the fortress-temples of the samurai’s archrivals the warrior monks of Miidera and Mount Hiei, and check out real historical arms and armor in a special museum. Please scroll down for the tours.