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Kyudo (Japanese Archery) Experience in Hiroshima

2018.08.02

Introduction

By wearing the traditional Hakama and armor for archery, you will go in the sacred dojo which is used for big tournaments and experience the fun and also the challenging aspect of Kyudo (Japanese archery).

Usually in Kyudo you are not allowed to pull the arrow unless you master the basic, however even if you are a complete beginner you will be able to enjoy a real kyudo experience.

This plan is great for people who are looking for a nice photo or movie to show off on to your SNS.

What is Kyudo?
Kyudo is a martial art where you focus shooting an arrow from a Japanese bow to a target to reach a complete focus of mind and body. The main difference of Kyudo and a western archery is that in Kyudo every movement from going in the dojo to out and the shooting of the arrow follows a traditional routine, paying respect to their equipment and their opponents. The word Kyudo literally means the way of the bow, similar to Kendo, the way of the sword, and Sado, the way of the tea.

The difference between Kyudo and Archery.
According to the Nippon Kyudo Federation, the goal of kyudo is obtaining the state of "shin-zen-bi, which means "truth-goodness-beauty". One can reach this state when the archers shoots the arrow correctly (truth) with virtuous spirit and attitude towards all persons and all things (goodness), and lastly the beautiful shooting will be come to realization naturally. (beauty)

The Yumi or Japanese bow stands over two metres, surpassing the height of the archer. These bows are traditionally made of bamboo, wood and leather made from a technique that has not changed for centuries.

The Ya or arrow are traditionally made of bamboo, with a feather of a bird. The length of an arrow is about plus 6-10 centimetres from an archer's draw. Every arrow has a spinning direction that differs due to the direction from the feathers. The arrow you are used depends on your gender as well. The male version known as haya spins clockwise when shot. The female arrow shaft is known as an otoya and spins in the opposite direction.The reason for this is so the two arrows would prevent from colliding when shot at the same time.

The Japanese bow and arrow has correlation to religion as well. During the new year it is often that people will have the arrow in their house to wear off evil spirits and misfortunes and to attract good luck for the year.

With this experience you will be able to enjoy a different side of Japanese culture and enjoy taking pictures of your time to take back to your home!

Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Starting time
1:30PM

Price per person:
9,900 yen

Tour Detail

Tour Style

-There will be an english speaking guide
-This will be a private program

Group Size

Min. 2
Max. 10

Duration

About 2 hours

Destination

Tour Itinerary

①Please Arrive 15 Min Early
②Change to uniform
③Explanation about the basics such as the manner of the dojo and equipment
④Demonstration from the teacher
⑤Shooting Lesson
The distance from the target is about 4 to 5 meters, and the target is about size of 1m.
One person has about 4 to 10 tries to shoot their arrows.
⑥Picture time with the outfit and bow.

What's Included

-English speaking guide
-Insurance fee
-Hakama and socks (Please tell us your height and feet size)
(There are no Hakama with people below 140cm.)

What's not Included

-Hotel pick up and drop off
-Food and Drinks

Tour Tips

Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 1 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent.
4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Payment
- Fees shall be paid through Credit Card. Currently no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 3 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 2 days will incur 50% of the program charge.
Reservations cancelled on the day or no show will incur 100% of the program charge.
*Time is in JST.