About Us

The Kamakura Iaido Association was founded in 1978 as an organization to promote the study of  Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido under the umbrella of Zennihon Iaido Renmei 全日本居合道連盟. 

Chairman: Honami Kouji


About 90 members ranging from young people to the elderly are encouraged to practice regardless of gender or background. Various events are held troughout the seasons in historic places in Kamakura. This is always a great honor for us.


We have many foreign members also outside Japan. If you have a serious interest in Japanese Swordsmanship, we invite you to a free trial lesson.

Trial lesson

If you want to experience this, please bring appropriate clothes (such as track pants and T shirt or Budo clothing).


We can lend you a sword and a belt. You will learn how to handle a sword, ( to draw, swing and sheathe).


After several trial lessons, if you decide to become a member, please apply with the application forms, photo and fee.



Trial lesson Schedule

  • Tuesday
    19: 00 to 21: 00

  • Friday
    19: 00 to 21: 00


Iai-do is a Japanese martial arts using a Japanese sword. When you are in the Dojo, you should be careful and follow instructions.

Information for admission

After several trial lessons, if you want to become a member, please fill in the application forms with including a photo and the fee.


  • Admission fee: 5,000 Yen

  • Annual fee: 20,000 Yen 
  • Annual fee (Female members): 12,000 Yen
  • Annual fee (Senior members, 70 and over 70) :12,000 Yen
  • Annual fee (Student members, 18 and under 18): 10,000Yen

Practice Schedule

  • Tuesday
    11: 00 to 13: 00
    19: 00 to 21: 00

  • Friday
    19: 00 to 21: 00

  • Saturday
    15: 00 to 17: 00 
    (not every Saturday) 
    please check the schedule


What do you need to start


Sword (Iaito)


Please use a sword, which is suitable for Iai.


Do not use a mock cosplay type sword for, which is unsuitable for practicing due to the strength of the blade and manufacturing process. 




Dogi(Kendo clothing, judo clothes, Yukata and kimono can be used)









Knee pads