Kobe Genbukan

Kobe Genbukan is a dojo practising the martial art of iaido in Kobe, Japan.

Iaido uses the Japanese sword in techniques where the blade is drawn and a cut is made in one motion. Today, iaido is practised to discipline the mind and body and seek self-improvement.

The head of Genbukan is Oshita Masakazu, kyoshi 8th dan. As well as teaching iaido in Japan, he has travelled abroad and taught at many events held overseas. Genbukan has a number of non-Japanese members and welcomes Japanese and non-Japanese students alike.

We are a member of Hyogo Prefecture Kendo Association and train in both ZNKR iaido and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu koryu iaido. ZNKR iaido is the modern standardised form of the All Japan Kendo Federation, and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu is a traditional form with a history of around 400 years.

We practise every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening from 18:30 in Nada-ku, Kobe city. The nearest stations to our practice locations are JR Rokkomichi and Hankyu Rokko. Dojo fees are 3,500 yen per month.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us using the form below and arrange to observe a practice session.

We welcome beginners. No previous martial arts experience is necessary.