is located on the Toei Mita and
Oedo Subway Lines in the Kasuga
district of Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo
. Built under
the Bunkyo City Office Building
next to Korakuen Station, it is
connected to it by an
underground pedestrian passageway.
Kodokan Judo Institute
world famous Kodokan Judo Institute,
considered the mecca of international
Judo, is located just 1 minute walk
from Kasuga Station. The institute
was founded in 1882 by Jigoro Kano,
who himself had established Judo,
deriving it from Jujitsu, an art
of defending oneself and attacking
others by just one's own body. From
what started with just nine disciples
in 1882, Judo has grown into one
of the most widely practiced form
of exercise and defense technique
practiced all over the world.
Kodokan Judo Institute is an eight
floor building that houses the Kodokan
School for Judo learners, lodgings
for the students, four research
laboratories (for theoretical, technical,
physiological, and psychological
studies of Judo), study rooms, and
administrative offices. Visitors
are allowed on the second floor.
Located here on this floor are the
Memorial Hall (displaying memorial
writings, letters, and other goods
belonging to Professor Kano), Historical
Hall (displays pictures and other
paraphernalia of late masters of
Judo) , Exhibition Room (exhibits
documents and photographs related
to the development of Judo), Library
(with over 10,000 books related
to Judo), and Material Stock Room.
Entrance to the floor is free and
is open to the public from 10 a.m.
to 12 noon & from 1 p.m. to
5 p.m. every day except Saturdays,
Sundays, and other holidays.