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The place where judo began

The Kodokan remains the foremost judo school in the world. Judo itself was founded in 1882 and has... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Dallas, Texas

Outstanding opportunity to visit the heartland of judo. Enjoyed watching Saturday evening randori... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2017
Kim W
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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17 May 2018
“The place where judo began”
4 Feb 2017
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1-16-30 Kasuga, Bunkyo 112-0003, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
+81 3-3811-7156
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

The Kodokan remains the foremost judo school in the world. Judo itself was founded in 1882 and has grown to be one of the most internationally practiced of the Olympic sports. The best time to visit the Kodokan as a tourist is during the evening...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Outstanding opportunity to visit the heartland of judo. Enjoyed watching Saturday evening randori! Museum was closed.

1  Thank Kim W
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...More

3  Thank fluffymonkey
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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Reviewed 26 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.

1  Thank SteffromIreland
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).

2  Thank Gili C
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.

4  Thank JohnFamily04
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...More

2  Thank Ricky M
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....More

2  Thank uwisser
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...More

2  Thank g4zz4
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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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