More about Dojo in Tokyo

 (Kendo Dojo is difficult to maintain as a real estate)

(Kendo Dojo is difficult to maintain as a real estate)


As the kendo population in Japan is huge,

there are definitely ample amounts of local kendo dojo and clubs across the whole country.

Weekends are also filled with tournaments all year round.



However, recently these local dojo has been decreasing,

especially privately owned ones.

The main factors causing such a situation

can be generalized into at least the following 3 points:



1)    Aging population with decreasing birth rate in Japan ( Depopulation)

2)    Financial difficulties

3)    Lack of heir



And by assuming a scenario of “Running a dojo in downtown Tokyo”,

we try to contemplate what might be the daily running situation.


▼ Under-utilisation of the dojo during daytime on weekdays (Issue of idle assets)

▼ How to gather more students and members (Recruitment issue)

▼ Fixed asset/ real estate tax, and other billable tax ( Tax issue)

▼ Who to take over the dojo in the future ( Heir issue)



At the end of the day, local dojo are in essence real estates,

setting up a dojo in Tokyo forces most owners to face

the reality that is a necessity to set up a rental operation for the dojo.



Considering a small dojo with the size of 2 court (including a changing room),

10m x 10m x 2 = 200 sq. metres

Downtown 1 room (=30 sq.metres with a monthly rental of USD 800)

With the above we derive a conservative figure:

200 sq. metres ÷ 30 sq. metres x USD 800 = At least USD 5300

Monthly member fee of a dojo at USD 60 / month (differs from dojo to dojo)

USD 5300 / USD 60 = Approximately 88 members


In conclusion, a dojo o such a size requires a permanent member base of 88 

if the rent does not change over time.

This makes equipment room a problem as well.



Using an open policy and referring to sports club operation,

the following may be feasible:

▼ Daytime can be focused towards elderly users,

night time for working men who gets off work

▼ Recruiting female users, be it students or housewives

(Most have more time to utilize during daytime)


This may effectively increase the frequency of utilization of the facility for a sports club business.



Putting Kendo into this image instead,

we get what we call “Reva Ken” (Revival Kendo in shortened Japanese)

might just be the key to fully utilise a dojo for the whole day.

(Not uncommon in municipal owned dojo)



There are many methods and solutions.

We will touch on these next time.


KENDO PARK is not just about kendo for the young generation

but also supports the great passion for kendo of all age groups.

We too have “if only such service exists, it would be great” moments ourselves.


Thank you for your continuous support.


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Kenshi Nagamatsu

Born December 8th, 1987 in Tokyo
Graduated from Keio University's Faculty of Law.

Started Kendo at 5 years old at the Tokyo-budokan (located in Ota-ku, Tokyo), and continued kendo club activities throughout Keio junior high school and Keio high school, and during Keio University Athletic Association's Kendo association, as well as Nomura Securities' Kendo association.

Started KENDO PARK services in 2017.

Major kendo accomplishments include:
・Second place in Kanagawa prefecture's high school kendo tournament
・Best 8 in Kanto students' new player tournament
・Best 16 in All-Japan Business Organization Kendo Tournament, etc.

Kenshi Nagamatsu