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15 Days Kyudo Martial Arts Training in Japan

  • Uotoshi Ryokan, Sano, Yudanaka-Shibu, Yamanouchi, Shimotakai, Nagano 381-0402, Chūbu, Japan

Japan Martial Arts Training

Planet Sekoya welcomes you to Sensei Miyasaka's dojo or the "place of the way" to practice Kyudo, a Japanese archery with the traditional bow, arrows, and techniques, dive deep into the peaceful environment of the ryokan, a type of traditional Japanese inn, and enjoy delicious cuisines from the host. Under the guideline of Sensei Miyasaka and his great dignity, grace, and an amazing sense of hospitality, this holiday will be one of your precious experience in Japan!

Highlights

  • 12 days instructions
  • 6th Dan and 3rd generation Kyudo Master
  • Karabiki training and handling and maintenance of the equipment
  • Acquire Hassetsu or the "eight stages of shooting" in Japanese archery
  • Practice shooting at makiwara, mato, and omato
  • Beautiful and tranquil surroundings
  • 14 breakfasts and 14 dinners
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 12 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay at Sensei Miyasaka's traditional family hostel. There are eight bedrooms which can accommodate from one to four people each. Sleeping is on the floor, on Japanese traditional Futon. You will share the bathroom and toilets.

What is unique about this retreat

  • The kindness, hospitality and remarkable skills of Master Miyasaka
  • The Onsen, hot springs, all around
  • The cultural immersion aspect of this experience
  • That training and accommodation happen in the same house
  • The unusual combination of a Kyudo Master owning a traditional hostel in a beautiful part of Japan
  • The "Hinoki-buro", a bathtub made of Japanese cypress, which is available 24 hours a day

What you will learn and probably take home

  • Acquire Hassetsu or the "eight stages of shooting" in Japanese archery
  • Be comfortable with karabiki training
  • Handling and maintenance of the equipment
  • Shooting at makiwara (specially designed straw target)
  • Advanced beginners and advanced shooters can practice shooting at makiwara, mato, and some with omato
  • Competition preparation for the more advanced ones
  • Manifest the three elements of attitude, movement, and technique unite in a state of perfect harmony
  • Maintains composure and grace even in times of great stress or conflict

What you have to be honest with

  • Master Miyasaka's English is very good but not fluent, be indulgent
  • His Ryokan is very comfortable but do not expect a 5-star hotel
  • You may save money if you eat lunches or dinners outside. It is just less practical. So up to you

Typical daily schedule

  • 08:00 Traditional Japanese breakfast
  • 10:00 Kyudo training
  • 12:30 You choose to have lunch at Uotoshi or somewhere else
  • 14:00 Kyudo practice
  • 16:30 Rest of exploring the area
  • 18:30 You choose to have dinner at Uotoshi or somewhere else
  • 20:30 You can enjoy the hostel natural hot spring

Please note that there are only four hours per day or 12 days of practicing. Upon arrival and departure day, there will be no Kyudo class.

  • 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.

The retreat will take place near Nagano, Japan.

Nearby places

  • Jigokudani Monkey Park - 30 minutes
  • Matsumoto Airport (MMJ), 58.7 kilometers

Breakfast and dinners are included. You will enjoy delicious traditional Japanese food, prepared by Sensei Miyasaka and his family. Lunches are not included as most participants prefer to take them outside or simply skip them. You can also choose to take half or full pension, or no food included at all. Planet Sekoya recommends taking at least the breakfast.

  • Enjoy tasting of delicious local specialties
  • Experience how to make Washi paper
  • Join Zen Buddhism retreat (45 minutes)
  • Relax with Onsen or hot springs
  • Try hiking and ski in winter
  • Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Washi paper experience (40 minutes)
  • 4 hours or daily instructions for 12 days
  • 14 dinners
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts
  • Training equipment
  • Health insurance
  • Lunches
  • Transport to and from Yudanaka-Shibu

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Matsumoto Airport (MMJ). Then go by train to Yudanaka-Shibu train station.

Arrival by train

You simply have to reach Yudanaka-Shibu train station. You will be picked up from there. Date and time will be arranged after your booking confirmation.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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."

    Planet Sekoya website, edited

  • Review by Julia T from United States
    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."

    Planet Sekoya website, edited

  • Review by Tony S from United States
    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."

    Planet Sekoya website, edited

  • 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."

    Tripadvisor website, edited

  • 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. "

    Planet Sekoya website, edited