Kendo in Kansai
関西剣道There are individual dojo pages and federation pages that provide information and locations (usually in Japanese). I am trying to create a map of kendo dojos and shops in the Kansai area, to help users find places in terms of geographic proximity.
There are a few dojos that are open to visitors and those are marked with red stars. Usually these places charge a small one time fee for joining a practice (about 500 yen at Shudokan or Yoseikai).
You should note that many kendo venues are in schools and sports centers, so you usually need to get special clearance to use the facilities; such as membership and insurance. It helps if you are a member of the Osaka Kendo Federation. In any case you should try to speak with the dojo management before you expect to practice there. Initially, I will try to add the website information to map points, later I will try to add phone numbers.
The shopping cart icons on this map represent shops where you can purchase kendo goods (these shops often sell other martial arts goods).
Some of the marks represent special events, rather than regular/weekly practices. I highly recommend events such as the Kyoto Embu Taikai (perfect for spectators) or the World Kendo Network (for meeting international kendoka, networking and exchanging kendo information in many languages).
There are a few information marks for places that may be interesting, although they are not for kendo. Such as kenjutsu, sojutsu, spochan or others that may be interesting and informative for martial artists.
I am especially interested in places that are open to visitors / degeiko, so please leave comments if you know of any such places.