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Hiroshima: Traditional Japanese Archery Experience

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Discover kyudo, a Japanese martial art. Try your hand in a style of archery which requires complete focus of mind and body. Benefit from a brief explanation of the art of kyudo as well as detailed instructions throughout the experience.
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  • Dress in an authentic kyudo uniform and armor
  • Learn to shoot arrows at a target
  • Enjoy an authentic kyudo experience even as a complete beginner
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Kyudo is a Japanese martial art which consists of shooting at a target with a Japanese bow so as to achieve complete focus in the mind and body. The main difference between kyudo and western archery is that in kyudo every movement follows a traditional routine which pays respect to the equipment and to the opponent. Just a three-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome, this activity allows you to enjoy a genuine Japanese archery experience while in Hiroshima. 

Upon arrival to the archery range, get kitted out in an authentic kyudo uniform, including dogi upper-wear and hakama lower-wear. Listen to a brief explanation of the art of kyudo and to instructions and demonstrations throughout the experience. With the knowledge and skills picked up, shoot at the target with the arrows, along the way gaining an understanding of the fun and challenging aspects of the sport, particularly those arising from wearing the traditional hakama and armor. 

Typically in kyudo, you're not allowed to pull the arrow until you master the basics, but during this experience, you'll have the chance to enjoy the real sport even as a complete beginner. It's a bit difficult to hit the target at first, which makes it that much more exciting when you finally do. Hitting the target is also believed to bring good luck and make your wishes come true, even in the mini-sized kyudo ground you'll be shooting in.
  • Traditional tools and costumes
  • 1-hour Japanese traditional archery experience (45 minutes of practice and target shooting, 15 minutes of changing, closing, and taking photos)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• This activity is suitable for beginners
• In rare cases, the strings may hit your arms and wrists and cause swelling
• Pants rather than skirts or shorts are recommended

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SHA-RAKU Archery Experience

Product ID: 358800