Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo

Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo, Itabashi: Address, Phone Number, Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo Reviews: 5/5

Tokyo Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo
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Try Kendo, the Way of the Sword, which evolved from samurai sword fighting during the Edo era. Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo is one of the few traditional dojos left in Tokyo where you can experience what it is like to practice in an authentic dojo, and try on the kendo armour for an unforgettable time. Lessons available in English, Chinese and Cantonese.
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Neighborhood: Akabane / Itabashi
In Akabane and Itabashi, visitors can get a glimpse of the ordinary day-to-day life of Tokyo. On the east side of Akabane station, there are many traditional shopping districts and small izakayas, while on the west side, there’s a modern shopping mall. Itabashi is currently being developed as a residential area with a huge 1.1km long shopping street that extends from east to west. Rows of shops and izakayas target the down to earth everyday needs of locals. Both Akabane and Itabashi are notable for their easy access to the city center as well as their proximity to Ikebukuro.

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dave_8686
London5 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
I tried without luck to find a drop in Kendo class in quite a few cities in Japan and thought it wasn't going to happen. Then I found Kyumeikan and jumped at the chance - albeit via a fax machine, which while slightly inconvenient can be done at any 711. Hopefully everything can now be arranged by email.

The class was fantastic. I'd never tried kendo before and can't speak Japanese but none of that mattered. I learnt the grip, the basic footwork, strikes and charges and even put the protective helmet on at the end and did some sparring!

Everyone there was unbelievably welcoming and helpful.

I had a great time and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking to experience a bit of Japanese culture, martial arts or both.
Written January 4, 2017
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Carlos S
1 contribution
Jul 2016 • Couples
I have never taken a kendo class before, so I may have felt a bit intimidated in the beginning. I also decided not to do any research before going - wish i watched some youtube clips. I definitely had a great time despite knowing nothing initially.

The sensei's are not playing around here. They may appear nice when you walk in and great you, but dont be fooled by their friendly demeanor. These guys are viscous once they start going. Which is something I was hoping to find. You dont have to worry about them giving you a second rate kendo experience.

Sparring did really happen for my first kendo class. Its actually not even that bad, considering you have a huge piece of armor on your shoulders. Near the end of the sparring session, I was completely lost in the moment.

They did accommodate for those a bit scared. My girlfriend was absolutely terrified about the sparring. One of the sensei's actually did drills with her on the side. She actually really loved the idea of being catered in that way. girls...

Overall, I say its worth a visit.
Written August 5, 2016
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Sphinx96
Campbellsville3 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
I'm a young man that was always interested in Martial Arts. As soon as my family and I planned this trip to Japan I was very interested in having some contact with Katanas and Kendo.
We found the announcement for the Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo in a WAttention magazine we found in the subway. That same night I started my campaign to convince my family that we should definitely give it a try. They were not very fond of this activity but I convinced them, so we made a reservation.
Long story short this activity was without a doubt one of the most memorable things we did in Japan. As soon as we got there we were received as if we were family. we had our first kendo lesson, enjoyed some demonstrations given by the staff of the dojo, trained with the students, had some sparring time and even had some time getting to know the Master of the Dojo.
The activity was demanding physically as any martial art so I would recommend eating well before coming here.
My family loved the experience and always recommends it to people interested in visiting to Japan.
Written July 24, 2016
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dary l
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Jun 2016 • Couples
thanks so much it was really nice wonderfil and intense i never forget that i was welcom even my kendo level is under everybody advices me it made me happy proud and opened my mind i spent few hours with them in june they shared wit me the art and mind of kendo and technics after we shared drinks and food i can tell you it s more than an experience its a lesson of martial art for your every day life i will come back
Written August 18, 2016
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Kevin L
1 contribution
Jun 2016 • Solo
I was a Kendo practitioner from Australia living in Japan for university exchange. I was lucky to have found a dojo that had people who could speak many languages. That meant that while I could experience training in Japanese, I could rest assured that there were people who could help me when I didn't understand something. I would go around 4-5 times a week from 7pm-9pm. And unlike my training at home, there was a huge focus on manners and other things that were a big part of Japanese culture. So even if you don't do Kendo you can give it a go and experience one of the most classic of Japanese martial arts as well as learn more about Japanese culture.
Written August 14, 2016
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mechameg
England, UK4 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
Really intensive class and if you're really into martial arts you'll get a proper lesson. Everyone is really friendly and you learn so much about Japanese culture! Thank you everyone!
すごくインテンシブなクラスでした。本当に武道とか特に剣道に興味があったら、しっかり習われますよ。皆さんは親切な人がいて、日本の文化もたくさん習えます。ありがとうございました!
Written July 3, 2016
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Clinton H
4 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Had such an amazing time, it was an experience I will never forget. Next time we have a trip in Japan, this will definitely be one of our stops.

The people were very friendly and made us all feel very welcome and helped us out all along the way. Definitely something that should be a on your list of things to do in Japan.
Written August 5, 2016
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FDL1616
Liege Province, Belgium1 contribution
May 2016 • Friends
We had a nice evening at Kyumeikan Kendo Dojo where everybody has been very nice with us, even if you're a beginner. It gives you the opportunity to meet locals too and to learn about basics of Kendo.
Written August 2, 2016
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