Karate fans, connect with the origins of your favourite sport on this specially-devised package to Okinawa, Japan.

Whether you are a relative beginner or at an advanced level, this Experience Karate in Okinawa trip of 7 days / 6 nights in the idyllic island of Okinawa has been created especially for you. Either flying direct from Europe, or as an extension to your tour of mainland Japan (Honshu), you can practice the 3 main types of karate as well as the ancient Kobudo of Okinawa.

Practice Shorin-Ryu, the most ancient style and the original of almost all other schools (Shotokan, Shito-Ryu …). Also experience Goju-Ryu, another combat style influenced by techniques of different Chinese schools (kempo and baguazhang). The third part of the training will be in Uechi-Ryu, the style taught by Kambun Uechi. To complete this training trip, practice the different techniques of armed combat of Okinawan Kobudo.

With a departure every two weeks between April and October 2019, there are many opportunities to find dates for you to join JTB’s “Experience Karate in Okinawa” group tour.

Okinawa and its islands are famous for crystal-clear waters and magnificent scenery – which you will have ample time to explore in your free time.

Stay in Naha, the capital of the Okinawa region and former capital of the ancient kingdom of Ryukyu: this modern and lively city has a long and fascinating history. Visit Shuri Castle and its tradition gardens, a World Heritage site, or leave town to visit the Churaumi Aquarium, one of the largest in Japan, or even go snorkeling and discover the rich marine life of the Kerama Islands.

Don’t wait for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to experience karate in Japan !

7-day, 6-night package – flights not included

DEPARTURE DATES :

April – October 2019

7 – 13 April

5 – 11, 19 – 25 May

26 May – 01 June, 23 – 29 June

7 – 13 July

4 – 10, 25 – 31 August

8 – 14, 15 – 21 September

29 Sept – 5 October, 6 – 12 October

KEY FEATURES

  • Experience the 3 types of Okinawan karate (Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Uechi-Ryu) and Kobudo
  • Discover the sub-tropical paradise of Okinawa, birthplace of karate
  • Free time to try new experiences : scuba diving, Churaimi Aquarium …

 GROUP SIZE

  • Minimum 10 participants
  • Maximum 50 participants

Departures guaranteed for a minimum of 10 participants

INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FLIGHTS : we can help with flights. Just ask us for a quotation !

Attention :

The karate training is available for participants over the age of 15.

Please bring your own Dogi (karate outfit) for the training sessions.

The order of visiting places may be changed, but all places mentioned will be visited wherever possible, or replaced by alternatives should the original places not be available (due to unforeseen closure etc.)

Day 1 : Arrive Naha, Okinawa

Arrive Naha Airport, Okinawa.

Transfer to your hotel near the Okinawa Karate Kaikan.

The drive is approximately 65 mins. If you would like us to arrange the transfer for you, please let us know.

Stay 4 nights.

Day 2 : Training in Okinawan Karate (1st day)

09:00-09:15 : Introduction to the activities by staff of JTB Okinawa

09:30-11:30 : Training in Shorin-Ryu karate at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan (or similar).

Afternoon free.

The karate training concentrates on Kihon (基本), Kata (型) and Yakusoku Kumite (約束組手).

Day 3 : Training in Okinawan Karate (2nd day)

09:30-11:00 : Training in Goju-Ryu karate at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan (or similar).

Afternoon free.

Day 4 : Okinawa

Free day to explore Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate.

Option 1 : Sunrise Tour 1-Day Okinawa Kerama Islands Snorkeling Tour : snorkelling – taster day.

 Option 2 : Sunrise Tour Blue Cavern Snorkeling : by boat to the Blue Cavern, then introduction to diving to discover the fauna of this underwater cave.

 Option 3 : Sunrise Tour 1-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour around Kouirjima, Cape Manza & Ryukyumura with 2.5-hour visit to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. 

Option 4 : Sunrise Tour World Heritage Nakijin Castle remains & Ocean Expo Park Bus Tour.

 Option 5 : Sunrise Tour 1-Day Package with Ocean Expo Park and cycling along Bise Fukugi Tree Avenue

For more information about these excursions, please contact us.

Day 5 : Training in Okinawan Karate (3rd day)

09:30-11:30 : Training in Uechi-Ryu karate at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan (or similar).

Afternoon free.

Day 6 : Training in Okinawan Karate (4th day)

09:30-11:30 : Training in Kobudo karate at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan (or similar).

At the end of the session there will be an award ceremony.

Afternoon free.

Day 7 : Depart Okinawa

Depart from the hotel.

Do contact us if you would like travel arrangements to mainline Japan, or would like to extend your stay in Japan.

From £ 657

per person for Plan A, sharing dormitory at Okinawa International Youth Hostel

Single room supplement: on request

Included

  • Training sessions in the 3 types of Okinawan karate, and Kobudo
  • Accommodation at hotels mentioned in the itinerary

Not included

  • International flights between the UK and Japan
  • Domestic flights between mainland Japan and Naha, Okinawa
  • Transportation on Okinawa
  • Guide or assistant
  • Excursions
  • Any meals, beverages or personal expenses

All hotels are in central Naha, close to the Karate Kaikan

  • Plan A : Okinawa International Youth Hotel
  • Plan B : Kariyushi Condominium Resort Naha Living Inn Asahibashi Ekimae & Annex
  • Plan C : Okinawa Hotel (only for departures of 7 April, 19 May, 9 June, 25 Aug, 8 & 29 Sept)

PAYMENT

▪30% of the total price to be paid at the time of reservation.

▪Balance due 1 month before departure.

 CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

Cancellation charges will apply according to the date the cancellation is received by JTB:

  • Until 30 days before departure : £100 per booking
  • 30-21 days before departure : 25% of the total price
  • 20-11 days before departure : 50% of the total price
  • 10-06 days before departure : 75% of the total price
  • 05-0 days before departure : 100% of the tour price

Cancellations should be made in writing (email) 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday, to info@japanspecialist.co.uk.