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Kodokan, Bunkyo

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Kodokan , or the Kodokan Institute, is the headquarters of the worldwide judo community. Literally, kō means "to lecture", dō means "way," and kan is "a public building" together translating as "a place for the study of the way." The Kodokan was founded in 1882 by Kanō Jigorō, the founder of judo, and is now an eight-story building in Tokyo.FunctionThe Kodokan Institute offers classes for those who want to master judo. The program is authorized as a non-regular school by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Its courses include the theories and practice of judo, and matters of general education. The course is divided into two parts: a general course for novices, and special courses for those who have completed the general course or its equivalent.The Kodokan also issues ranks, and many judoka (practitioners of judo) around the world become Kodokan members and have their ranks registered with the Kodokan.The Institute was founded with only nine disciples. The growth of judo in its early years is demonstrated by the growth of the Kodokan itself: 12 mats - May 1882, at the Eishōji, a Buddhist temple in Ueno 40 mats - Spring 1887, at Shinagawa's house, Kōjimachi 107 mats - February 1894, at Koishikawa-chō, Shimotomisaka-chō 314 mats - January 1898, at Ōtsuka Sakashita-chō 986 mats - March 1958, at 2-chome, Kasuga-chō, Bunkyo, Tokyo Today, the Kodokan has 1,206 mats across the five main dojo (training halls)—Main, School, International, Women's, and Boys'—plus a special dojo for retired judoka and special technique study purposes.
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TripAdvisor
  • Outstanding opportunity to visit the heartland of judo. Enjoyed watching Saturday evening randori! Museum was closed.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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!  more »
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  • If you like judo it is a great place to look around, the museum part is not big but interesting nonetheless
  • It's the kodokan. If you do judo, you need to visit this place once in your life.
  • The sober and cold design for ju do ka men and women that does help concentrating on the Do!
  • Awesome place to see some good judo.
  • The holy grail of Judo. A must see for any Judoka