Doing Judo in Kōdōkan, Where it was Born

The Kōdōkan Judo Institute is the world center of judo community. Founded in 1882 by Jigorō Kanō, the founder of judo, Kōdōkan offers classes for people who want to master this modern martial art, now an Olympic sport.

Kōdōkan has five main dojo (training halls) with 1,206 mats, apart from a special dojo for retired judoka and special technique training.

Those who want to learn the “maximum efficient use of energy”, as Kanō said, can stay at the hostel the Kōdōkan offers. Price per night goes from 3,240 (a bed in a dormitory) to 12,960 ¥ (a deluxe twin room with bath).

Address: 1 Chome-16-30 Kasuga, Bunkyō, Tokyo 112-0003. Google Maps 👉

Access: Kasuga Station (Mita Line, Oedo Line), Kōrakuen Station (Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line).

Opening hours: Training time is Monday-Friday, 16:00-20:00, and Saturday, 16:00-19:30. Spectators can watch boys and girls class (16:30-18:00) and beginner’s class and other classes (17:30-19:00).

Price: Free entrance for spectators, 5,000 ¥ monthly for training.

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