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Kodokan

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Address: 1-16-30 Kasuga, Bunkyo 112-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
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The mecca for judo fans

As my son practices judo in the UK so this was a unique experience not to be missed. I made enqueries before our trip to Tokyo and the International Dept were very helpful with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 August 2016
fluffymonkey
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

As my son practices judo in the UK so this was a unique experience not to be missed. I made enqueries before our trip to Tokyo and the International Dept were very helpful with their responses. Blink and you might miss the modest building (or rather buildings - one is related to administration and the other houses the dojo/museum, etc).... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This is the holy ground which every self-respecting judoka had to visit at last once in its life. For me it was the first visit to the Kodokan, but it certainly will not be the last!

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Dubai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 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 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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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