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1 Month Live-in Aikido Training in Tokyo, Japan

Live-in Aikido Training in Japan

For those who would like to have the ultimate Aikido training experience, Aikido Kobayashi Dojo - Kodaira Dojo now offers the live-in option, where you will stay right in the dojo, receive daily intensive practice, and experience the culture and lifestyle. Through the experience, you will improve significantly your grasps of the technique and spirit of Aikido. The live-in option is offered to Aikikai who's practicing Aikido at dojos already, so an intermediate or advanced level is required, and thus an on-par training is guaranteed.


  • Training daily
  • Japanese class for foreigners included
  • Training by founder of Aikido Kobayashi dojo
  • Free use of facilities and equipment at the dojo
  • Accommodation at the dojo
  • 29 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


20 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Japanese, English
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Accommodation at Kodaira dojo is for females only. For male live-in trainees, please go to Aikido Kobayashi Dojo Kumegawa Lodge in Higashi Murayama city, Tokyo Prefecture, which is an apartment-style lodging facility for both men and women. The Kumegawa Lodge is located midway between Tokorozawa and Kodaira Dojos, about 4 km from Kodaira. Those wishing to stay at Kumegawa Lodge must pay an extra 20,000 per month for lodging.



Training is 5 days a week as below schedule:

10:00 - 11:30 Wednesday

19:30 - 21:00 Wednesday

6:30 - 7:30 Thursday

19:30 - 21:00 Friday

6:30 - 7:30 Saturday

18:00 - 19:30 Saturday

11:30 - 13:00 Sunday

The training schedule above is applied to Kodaira Dojo's live-in trainees. Occasionally, live-in trainees will be required to attend training sessions and classes at other dojos.



Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido has not competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature.

Features of Aikido

Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. The dojo is a ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex and occupation.

Aikido Worldwide

Sixty years have passed since the spread of Aikido overseas began. During this time, Aikido has become established in 130 countries. Aikido has taken root all over the world because it is recognized as a way to train the mind and body, and as such, its value extends beyond race and border. As a result of overseas promotion activities, in 1976, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was established, the General Assembly of the Federation has been held every four years.

In 1984, the International Aikido Federation became official member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Voluntary activities by international organizations and leaders dispatched by Japan Government Foundation, Leaders dispatched by Senior Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Youth of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also become active. Aikido is expected internationally now as a new culture of humanity in the 21st century.

Aikikai Foundation

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.

Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters

  • Establishment of Aikido schools, publication of books and newspapers about Aikido (Japanese and English).
  • Establishment of branch dojos, dispatching of instructors to domestic and foreign regions and dojos management.
  • Organization of Aikido public demonstrations and workshops.
  • Other activities related to the dissemination of Aikido in general.

Other Organizations that promote and spread the development of Aikido

  • International Aikido Federation (IAF Established in 1976)
  • All-Japan Aikido Federation (Established in 1976)
  • Ministry of Defense Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National Student Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National High School Aikido Federation (Established in 2002)

Aikido Kobayashi Dojo

Aikido Kobayashi Dojo is an organization founded by Yasuo Kobayashi soshihan (principal shihan) in April 1969 in Kodaira, Tokyo. With the ideal of spreading Aikido to many, they strive to instruct Aikido to as many as they can. Also, the uchideshi (live-in training) program of the dojo fosters many Aikido instructors.

Their activity is not limited in Japan: they periodically dispatch instructors overseas, accept trainees from inside and outside of Japan, and arrange Musubi fund (a scholarship program for trainees from foreign countries) to support trainee financially.

In 1986, Aikido Kobayashi Dojo was awarded by Japan Budo Council at Budokan for excellency. They were the first to be awarded as a private organization. As of August 2003, they had about 120 affiliated and directly controlled places for training.

Kodaira dojo in the suburb of Tokyo serves the center, other places for training spread in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba and more. The countries they periodically dispatch instructors include the United States, Canada, Russia, Argentine, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, Burgaria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Greece, Iran, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia.


There are 2 dojos offering live-in option for trainees: Tokorozawa dojo and Kodaira dojo. This listing focuses on the live-in at Kodaira dojo.


Kodaira is a city in the central Tokyo to (metropolis), in east-central Honshu, Japan. It is situated in the Musashino Plateau, bordered on all sides by other cities in the metropolis, including Higashimurayama (north) and Koganei (southeast).

The area surrounding present-day Kodaira was developed as an agricultural region after the construction of a water-supply system in the mid-1600s. The long rectangular fields were planted with mulberry trees (for silk production) in the early 20th century. The construction of a rail line from central Tokyo to the east, however, facilitated Kodaira’s growth as a residential suburb of the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area after World War II. Industry has since developed, with several factories producing automobile tires and electrical machinery.



  • Language course
  • Training mats
  • Shopping nearby


  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff


  • Free computer
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Local market


Food is not included in the package price. Trainees will need to buy their own meals during the training time, however, there are occasions trainees are required to have meals at the dojo. For example Friday breakfast. Trainees will have Friday breakfasts at the dojo and will have to pay his share.

What's included

  • 29 nights accommodation
  • Access to dojo's facilities and equipment
  • Training daily

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Cleaning expenses at end of training period
  • Extra training fee at other dojos as required
  • Food
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrive at either Narita International airport (NRT) or Tokyo Haneda International airport (HND). Currently, Narita is the main airport serving international flights.

After your arrival, go to airport bus ticket counter to buy a one-way bus ticket to Tokorozawa station. From Narita airport, a one-way bus ticket costs 3,000 yen (Keisei Bus). From Haneda airport, it costs 1,500 yen (Airport Limousine Bus). When you buy a ticket, check when and which bus stop your bus is leaving from. The bus first stops at Wako-shi station, then at Higashi-Tokorozawa station. Do not get off at these bus stops. The final destination of the bus is Tokorozawa station east exit, and that is where you get off the bus.

From Tokorozawa station, if you arrive on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, please come to Kodaira dojo.

From Tokorozawa station, take a train on Seibu-Shinjuku line bound for SeibuShinjuku, then get off at Kodaira station (170 yen). Take a taxi from Kodaira station south exit. Say “Aikido Kobayashi Dojo onegaishimasu!” to the taxi driver. In about 5 minutes, you will arrive to Kodaira dojo (710 yen for taxi).

If you arrive on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, please come to Tokorozawa dojo.

From Tokorozawa station, take a train on Seibu-Shinjuku line bound for Honkawagoe or Shin-Tokorozawa. Get off at Koku-koen (140 yen). Do not take a limited express train. any other train can take you to Koku-koen. Walk from Koku-koen station west exit to Tokorozawa dojo (Approx 5 minutes walk).

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