Why not try traditional Japanese sports in Kyoto?
Karakuri Kyudo Taikenjo is a Kyudo (Japanese archery) experience center suitable for the beginners as well. You can learn everything; what kind of sport Kyudo is, the philosophical outline about the essential point of Kyudo, and you can actually experience shooting yumi (bow).
Kyudo might sound difficult, but here a teacher would teach you everything kindly. So, you can enjoy your one-day experience even if you have never tried it before.
Master Yamaguchi, the owner, renovated his regular workplace himself to create Karakuri Kyudo Taikenjo, the practice center. It is easy to tell from every part of this experience center how much love master Yamaguchi has for Kyudo.
Many foreigners who visit this place to experience, and there are those who came for the experience and loved it so much that they come back frequently. This is the place where you can really get into Kyudo.
Even if you are a first-timer, you can shoot a bow from the first day. This is something you cannot experience in other dojo (Kyudo training hall).
By using two mirrors made by the owner and held against each other, you can check your posture while practicing.
You can strengthen your mentality by focusing on each posture. This is what is characteristic about Japanese sports.
A teacher teaches you the traditional knowledge of Kyudo (Raiki Shagi) communicated from the ancient times. They also prepare documents in English so do not worry even if you do not understand Japanese.
Understand the Kyudo basics, such as the way to stand and to set a bow and an
arrow (Shaho Hassetu). Learn by looking at the pictures or the teacher’s postures.
Practice the procedures of shooting an arrow.
Each posture is strictly regulated, and you can train both your body and mind.
In an actual match of Kyudo, the details such as a posture when drawing a bow, manners and behaviors are subjected for evaluation.
That is why it is crucial to be able to conduct Shaho Hassetsu correctly and beautifully, not only to hit a target.
First, practice with a target for beginners, called makiwara (straw butt).
Your mind is cleared the most when drawing a bow. It is amazing how much mental strength the traditional Kyudo requires…
When you get used to makiwara, practice with a target which is closer to the one used for an actual match.
After numbers of failure, an arrow finally starts to fly straight.
Looking at myself in the mirror when drawing a bow was exciting.
And it was very refreshing when I actually shot an arrow. I would like to recommend this experience not only for those who are interested in traditional Japanese Kyudo, but also for those who are not.
Message from Staff
Teachings of Kyudo which focus on harmony could contribute to the world peace.
The door is open for everyone regardless of nationality; let’s have fun and make peace through Kyudo.
|Contents||Japanese archery Kyudo experience|
|Duration||About 1 hour|
|Price||￥2000 (tax in)|
Payment on the same day
|Cancellation fee||You won't be charged for the cancellation|
|Group||Up to 4 people|
|Notes for children||About 12 years old〜|
|Name||Karakuri Kyudo Taikenjo|
|Address||22-2 Aiai-cho, Mibu, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 604-8812|
|Access||・10 minutes walk from JR Tanbaguchi station|
・10 minutes walk from Hankyu Omiya station
・10 minutes walk from Kehuku Randen Shijo Omiya station
|Notes||Please wear comfortable clothes.|