Japanese men & women will fight or practice “kata” forms at the Nippon-budokan from 09:00 to 18:00 on 11 December 2016 during the 44th Japan Cup Karate-do Championships. This event is sponsored by Japan Karatedo Federation and a ticket costs only 2.000 yens (18 dollars)!
You can probably attend this event without us because the Nippon-budokan is easy to find (near Kudanshita subway station) and the tickets are sold on site but if you want us to accompany you there as part of a private 1-day tour in Tokyo city… let us know before Friday afternoon 🙂
If you wonder how exciting this karate event might be, watch the video of last year’s final for female kata:
Enjoy Japanese martial arts and Japanese culture, especially if you are a karateka in Asia!
Go near Suidobashi station in Tokyo to find high-quality iaido and bamboo swords, kendo armours (tailored), related equipment, books…
- Practice sword for iaido: 31000-212000 yens
- Full kendo armour set: 45000-1060000 yens
Open: 11:00-19:00 (Sunday and public holidays: 11:00-18:00)
Phone: (+81) 03-3815-0411
Credit cards: Accepted.
Shobu-do-sangyo is the specialist shop 11 in the section B2 of our Get Japan map of Tokyo in spring/summer 2015:
Walk in Chiyoda ward near Iidabashi and Kudanshita stations to discover the Japanese culture, see many facets of the Shinto religion, and eat vegetarian food if you stay at a local hotel, study at a language school in Iidabashi, or wonder what to do after your visit of Kagurazaka area, Tokyo Dome City or Jimbocho Book Town! For your autumn and winter in Tokyo, the Yes in Japan team particularly recommends:
Before leaving, admire the decorations inside Iidabashi station and Kudanshita station as part of your tour of Tokyo 🙂
In Japan in February 2015? Enjoy Japanese events in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, especially:
- 03 February 2015: Setsubun Festival at Kanda shrine (celebrating Spring in Japan’s ancient calendar).
- 08 February 2015: Martial arts tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Kobudo, ancient martial arts).
- 11 February 2015: Festival for National Foundation Day (the foundation of Japan) at Yasukuni shrine.
- 21 February 2015: Martial art tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Tankendo, with an armour and short bamboo sword).
To discover the Japanese culture, join a Yes in Japan tour including or complementing an event! “Insight Into Art: Origami? Shinto?” is quite popular 🙂
In Tokyo in December 2014? Enjoy a Japanese event in Chiyoda or Bunkyo ward! We recommend:
- 06 December 2014: Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
- 07 December 2014: Martial arts tournament at Nippon-Budokan (Karate, practised with hands & feet).
- 20 December 2014: Antique/flea market at Yasukuni shrine.
- 23 December 2014: Shinto ceremony for the Emperor’s birthday at Yasukuni shrine.
- 26-31 December 2014: Ultraman superhero shows at Tokyo Dome City in Prism Hall with live fights, activities for children, etc.
- 28 December 2014: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2014 at Kanda shrine.
- 31 December 2014: Shinto purification ceremony for the end of 2014 at Kanda shrine and Yasukuni shrine.
Reserve a half-day personalized tour if you wish a Yes in Japan tour guide or conductor to accompany you before, during or after an event!
42m-high octagonal “Martial Arts Hall of Japan“, the Nippon-budokan was built in Kitanomaru Park to host the first Olympic judo competition during the 1964 Summer Games, promote Japanese martial arts especially among the young, foster health by training body & mind, and contribute to world peace! 14.471 spectators can watch exciting concerts, demonstrations, tournaments… Contact the Yes In Japan team to watch or participate to martial arts lessons in a dojo of the annexe 🙂
The Martial Arts Hall of Japan is in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo near Kudanshita subway station, Hotel Grand Palace, the National Showa Memorial Museum, Tsukudo Shrine, and Yasukuni Shrine. See our calendar to enjoy a martial arts event there (several every month), often for free or a few thousand yens. In autumn 2014, you can go watch aikido, judo, karate, kendo… Be careful, the starting and ending time of the events vary.
If you visit Asia and are interested in Japanese culture or martial arts, attend a championship at the Martial Arts Hall of Japan and request a Yes in Japan personalized tour in Tokyo!
The Yes in Japan team met tonight at Travel Stand Japan to draft its free brochure about Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward for autumn 2014. 25% bigger than in summer and more useful for tourism, its map should cover most of the north of Chiyoda ward: Yasukuni shrine west, Imperial garden south, Akihabara east, and Tokyo Dome city north. Highlighting the Book Town and Electric Town, it should indicate the location of subway/train stations: Akihabara, Awajicho, Iidabashi, Jimbocho, Kanda, Kudanshita, Ochanomizu, Ogawamachi, Shin-ochanomizu, Suidobashi and Takebashi.
This second map should inform about:
- More bars, coffee shops and restaurants (especially more diverse Japanese food). We are preparing English menus for some partners 🙂
- More souvenir/gift shops and specialist stores for shopping.
- Prices, discounts, offers, and possibility to pay by credit card.
- Activities, experiences and tours.
- Christian churches, Shinto shrines, museums, places for money exchange…
- Events such as festivals and martial arts tournaments in October, November and December 2014.
Download our online map of Chiyoda and tell us if a special place is missing… then use our latest version when you visit Japan 🙂
We distributed 20.000 Yes in Japan maps of Tokyo Jimbocho printed in English on A3 paper at hotels, shops, cultural centres, and special events in Tokyo this summer to help travellers, support local businesses, and promote tourism in Chiyoda ward (Jimbocho is its northern part). Many foreign tourists walked holding the map and the local community gave us much positive feedback! After seeing the digital version below, do you have suggestions or comments for an extended “Autumn 2014” map of Tokyo Jimbocho? What information do you wish for your first/next visit there?
Our “Summer 2014” map of Tokyo Jimbocho features hotels, subway/train station exits, Christian churches, Shinto shrines, post offices, and police stations. It also includes a calendar (flea market, martial arts tournaments…) and recommends:
- Activities & tours: Buddha Bellies Cooking School, Yes in Japan.
- Doctor: Natural care Suidobashi outpatient centre.
- Gift, souvenirs & specialists stores: Bumpodo, Ohya-shobo, Okuno-karuta, Sankei-shoten, Shobu-do-sangyo, Yamagataya-kamiten, Yamatoya-hakimono-ten.
- Nighttime: Jazz Olympus!, Ony’s bar.
- Restaurants: Hanaya, Ippo, Loving Hut, Muusa, Nago café, Otsumami-kaasan, Sapana Suidobashi-ten, Tempura Hachimaki.
Note: You can always download for free the latest Yes in Japan map of Jimbocho “Book Town”.
Enjoy traditional activities and tours in Tokyo city, Mount Fuji, Hakone hot springs area, Kamakura “samurai city”… even on weekends and Japanese national holidays with a Yes in Japan English/French speaker who knows the area, Japanese culture and language!
Popular themes: Japan 2014 – Japan 2015 – Autumn leaves & Cherry blossoms “Sakura” – Buddhism & Shinto – Green tea – Japanese art – Japanese martial arts & Sumo – Mount Fuji – Night – Very Important People
Have fun, discover and learn about the Japanese people and life during your trip in Japan!
We watched impressive Japanese archery “kyudo” during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships in Chiyoda ward on Saturday 21 June 2014.
Japanese girls and boys coming from various universities competed with tall bows, shooting arrows with gloves and wearing kyudo traditional clothes, which includes a chest protector for female archers to protect their breasts from the bowstring. We could clearly see everything: the long rows of Japanese archers, individual movements of the participants and of their bows, the trajectory of the arrows, and the arrows in/near the targets. Around us, fellow students, friends and family members noisily encouraged their favourite archers!
We strongly recommend you to attend this event in Tokyo at the end of Spring or beginning of Summer 2015 or 2016 if you are interested in Japan, the Japanese culture or martial arts! Contact us if you wish to watch, learn about, or practice Japanese archery; we could organize something just for you 🙂
- All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships = 全関東学生弓道選手権大会 (Zen-kanto-gakusei-kyudo-senshuken-taikai).
- Kyudo = 弓道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
- Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.