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Kodokan

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Address: 1-16-30 Kasuga, Bunkyo 112-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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The museum is very interesting to understand the history of Kodokan. Some interesting manufactures and documents. If you are staying nearby, worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is very interesting to understand the history of Kodokan. Some interesting manufactures and documents. If you are staying nearby, worth a visit.

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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

Any judo lover has to at least go see the dojos located on the top floors, it's definitely a special place with a spirit to it. There is also a museum and little stand that sells souvenirs for tourists (although quite expensive).

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We went here with our son so he could train with the members. The staff were very helpful in organizing this and the Trainers on the night were friendly to our son. He enjoyed the session very much despite not knowing much Japanese.

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Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

If you are a Judo-Ka or Martial Arts Expert, you need to go there and to know more about martial arts who brought Ronda Rousey to become UFC Champion. Kodokan is about everything you need to know about Judo. One of Honbu Dojo who has everything from dorms, canteen, shop or even museum in 2nd floor who tell story of... More 

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Täby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The level of the instructors is as good as you expect. They are very down to earth and try to help you to up your game. Randori is tough, challenging but still friendly. Nice atmosphere. And come on ***It's the KODOKAN*** the home of judo. Any serious judoka owes a visit to him- or herself. And it is worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

For any judoka, a trip to the Kodokan must be on the bucket list. To give an idea of the size of the building; The international department is on the ground (1st) floor, the museum and library are on the 2nd floor and the hostel is on the 3rd floor. Reception and changing rooms are locate on the 4th floor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I was a competitor in the 2003 World Masters Judo championships at the Kodokan. Other reviewers give a very accurate view of the building, but they left out one feature. If you are on the competition mats on the top floor , you will feel the mats bouncing under your feet, as they are spring loaded. They are without a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

If you practice Judo or Jujutsu, or if you are just into history, there is no way to go to Bunkyo and not visit the Kodokan. The Museum on the second floor is a must. If you have a chance, try to see the dojo on the 7th floor.

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New Westminster, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

This place was hard to find considering it looks so normal. One would think the most important building for all of judo would be a little more auspicious, but it's not. So once you get there you're greeted with a small gift shop that sells all manner of judo related things. You'll find yourself buying something there. Not so much... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is the holy grail of the sport of Judo - the place where Jigoro Kano established his permanent school house in 1958. Unassuming entrance that looks like another office building. Free admission for visitors with a large gallery for watching practice sessions or matches. No/few signs in English but there is always someone who speaks a little English. Visitors... More 

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Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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