Planet Sekoya

Planet Sekoya is a community of inspiring teachers, masters, and communities who have unique knowledge and skills to share.

  • Berlin, Germany

Speaks English

from US$1,042
from US$1,042
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Speaks English

from US$1,967
from US$1,967
Price for:

15 days / 14 nights

Kazuhisa Miyasaka

Sensei Miyasaka is a 6th Dan and 3rd generation Kyudo Master. He owns a traditional Japanese Ryokan, Uotoshi, located in the town of Yudanaka-Shibu Hot Spring Resort, near the famous monkey hot springs. Sensei Miyasaka possesses great dignity, grace, and an amazing sense of hospitality. These qualities, coupled with his skill and knowledge of Kyudo make him the perfect model of a master. His dojo, or the "place of the way," is full of pictures, certificates, diplomas, and targets hanging on its walls, clearly displaying his position and the high regard in which his accomplishments are held.

Testimonials

  • Review by Lionel B. Lyon from France
    10 out of 10

    "This Kyudo retreat was the highlight of my journey in Japan. I am a Rugbyman and for long I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese archery. My experience went above my expectations. Not just because of the art itself, but the place, the warmth and amazing skills of Sensei Miyasaka. It just felt very genuine. The Ryokan feels a bit old but at the same it is what makes its charm. It’s very traditional and well located. I now feel that I better understand the Japanese culture. And the art of Kyudo, of course! If I come again I will try to make more time to visit the region. There is so much to see and my two free days were a bit too short."

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  • Review by Julia T from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Miyasaka was so kind, patient and helpful with all of our questions. He taught us Kyudo and was so incredibly attentive and helpful, very encouraging and overall a wonderful person, exemplary traditional hostel owner, and teacher."

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  • Review by Tony S from USA
    10 out of 10

    "The first thing that struck me when Miyasaka-san showed me his kyudo 'dojo' was that upon entering, we stopped to bow and pay our respects to the 'kamidana', the shelf that houses the 'God' that watches over the dojo. I doubt that happens at a Western archery range. That was the first sign that Japanese archery offers a lesson in Zen."

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  • Review by Daniel H from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "This place could easily be the best experience of my 1 month trip. The ryokan feels old and simple. I'd say that is a plus. It feels very real. The onsen was delightful. The owner spoke excellent English and was beyond friendly and accommodating. He went out of his way to make sure we were well, way more than I expected. We are very grateful for that. "

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    "The golden part of the experience was the Kyudo lesson. I had asked to many Japanese acquaintances if I could try Kyudo and they told me it was not possible. It is not easily accessible to foreigners or beginners. Yet we had a 2+ hour Kyudo lesson with history, demonstration, and hands-on practice. This was not given by an aficionado either, Miyasaka-san is a master of Kyudo and a cunning teacher that read my mind through the shaking of my fingers. Very impressive and very fun."

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  • Review by Tereza S from Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "My stay here was one of the most genuine experiences I had during the 8 months period I lived in Japan! A typical ryokan with Japanese bath house (onsen) and a Kyudo dojo! The sensei is a very kind and welcoming person who showed us the art of Japanese archery.The ryokan is near the train station, has a nice view of the city and easy access to Jigokudani, the monkey park. "

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