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3 Weeks Judo Summer Camp in Japan

Judo Summer Camp in Japan

Join Annex Judo Academy in their Tokai University-organized summer camp in Japan where you will travel to Japan to train Judo and learn about the Japanese culture. Joining this program will enable you to develop through Judo, to gain a deeper intercultural understanding between Japanese Judoka and foreign Judoka, and to observe and practice “Judo, Friendship, Peace” as the will of Dr. Matsumae, the founder of Tokai University.


  • Judo study
  • Judo training/practice
  • Participating in Judo tournament
  • Judo tournament observation
  • Historical and cultural visits
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


19 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Japanese, English
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From the date of your arrival until the night of August 4th, participants will be responsible for the arrangement and cost of their own rooms. Between the night of 5th through 8th of August, you will stay at Tokai University main campus. The host organization will provide your room.


Program elements

Actual Judo Practice

Actual daily practice will be held at Matsumae Judo Juku (School of Judo).

Observe Judo Tournament

In order to study Japanese Judo, participants will watch the following tournaments:

Tokyo Junior High School Individual Championships - Thursday the 22nd of July at Tokyo Budokan

The Rensei National Youth Team Tournament - Sunday the 31st of July at Nippon Budokan

Judo Study

In order to study the history of Judo, participants will be visiting the Eishoji temple, the Kodokan Museum, the Nippon Budokan, and the Tokai University Main campus. A facility and campus tour will be provided.

Judo study at the Tokai University main campus will be held from 6th to 8th of August. The participants will have a skill instruction by Tokai sensei, have a joint practice with Tokai High School, and compete/observe Tokai HS Olympics. About 2,000 Tokai High school students will gather from all over Japan and attend in 8 sports. Competing/practicing with Japanese players will give you a true Japan judo experience.


The participants will have a Shiai/Tournament opportunity on Tuesday the 26th of July. Matsumae Judo Juku hosts and organizes the internal tournaments. You will be able to compete with Japanese players which will give you a true Japan judo experience.

Japanese culture

Visit historical and cultural sites around Tokyo. These visits will help students learn more about traditional and modern Japan.


Judo consists of throwing and grappling techniques to suit all shapes and sizes. It is a real fighting sport where you actually come to grips with your opponent, specializing in close-in fighting - just what you need for effective self-defense. It emphasizes free-form practice rather than rigid, repetitive routines, and this freedom of expression provides interest, enjoyment and a challenge for any tactician.

The benefits of Judo are numerous. Apart from having a lot of fun and meeting people, the ‘judoka’ develops confidence, coordination and balance, falling skills, efficiency of movement, and self-defense skills. It is the perfect activity for improving one’s physical fitness, as training in judo improves aerobic capacity, flexibility and strength, and is an excellent activity to complement other sports. Indeed the principles of Judo can not only be applied to other sports, but as a way of approaching and living life.

Organizers' profile

Tokai University Boseigakujuku

The origin of Bosei Gakujuku is a small private school opened in 1936 by the late Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae, the founder of the Tokai University Educational System (TES). The school’s name, "BOSEI“ (hitching hopes to a star), has its origin in the passage of "Chain thy hope to the stars“ of the motto dedicated by the founder.

Today, Bosei Gakujuku is actively offering a number of unique classes, and a place of lifelong education to society.

The Bosei Gakujuku runs the Matsumae Judo Juku, School of Judo. All of the instructors of this program are from Tokai University, and is organized and supported by Tokai Judo. The school was founded in 1976. There are currently approximately 240 members, with ages varying from toddlers to senior citizens. Their youth team won the 2nd place at the National Championship in 2007, 2008, 2010, and the 3rd place in 2015.

NPO - Solidarity of International Judo Education

NPO's goals are to promote the international popularization of Judo and realization of Jitakyoei (mutual prosperity for oneself and others), to communicate the Japanese spirit, and to educate youth through Judo.

Included excursions

During the camp program, you will visit historical and cultural sites in Tokyo to learn more about traditional and modern Japan such as the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the Asakusa Temple, etc.



Tokyo is a stunning, stimulating, and seductive city. Boasting a cacophony of contrasts, Japan’s megalopolis is by turns thrilling, intriguing, and exhausting. A city of a dozen different characters, visitors can pretty much choose their Tokyo. Chaotic and noisy or patient zen-like calm. Soaring skyscrapers or tiny hidden backstreet shrines. The plastic and neon of the love hotels or the tatami mat simplicity of traditional ryokans.

In between the relentless hoots and whirs of the pachinko gaming parlors, the crazy clamor of traffic and the Shinto and Buddhist Shrines calmly anchoring the city, Tokyo hurtles towards the future, with one fashionably-shod foot still firmly in the past. Tokyo offers an impossible amount to take in with its barrage of sights and sensations - the Imperial Palace, Hie Shrine, Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Shrine, Tsukiji Fish Market, Kabuki-cho Theater, Akihabara Electric Town, the bright lights, bars and karaoke boxes of Roppongi, the shopping streets of Omotesando and Aoyama, the hipster kids of Harajuku, the funky design stores of Shibuya and at least 100,000 restaurants.

Having been built in a spiral that leads to the Imperial Palace, in order to confuse enemies, it’s not a logical city to find your way about in. Hotels and businesses give out cards with maps so guests and customers can find their way back. Hotel cards are good to have with you, as taxi drivers consider it impolite to admit they don’t know where an address is. As anyone with enough money to dig deep enough can open their own subway line, the subway system can seem an intimidating option, but you can pretty much count on a friendly, polite Tokyoite helping you find your way.



  • Shopping nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Cafe nearby
  • Restaurant nearby


  • ATM/banking
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Toiletries


Food is not included in the price. You will be responsible for your own meals during the camp period. However there are a lot of choices for every taste in Tokyo.

Things to do (optional)

Go to clubs and bars in Tokyo

Go to traditional shows - Noh, Kabuki, etc.

Visit landmarks and historical sites

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation on Tokai University campus
  • Observing and participating in Judo tournament
  • Training and study Judo
  • Visit to cultural and historical sites

What's not included

  • Accommodation until August 4th
  • Admission fee to sites
  • Airfare ticket
  • Domestic transportation fee
  • Meals Fee

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Narita Airport (NRT). From there, take a taxi to your hotel, or to Matsumae Judo Juku where daily practice and most of other activities will be held.

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