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Where better to experience
an All Japan and JKS karate World Championship
than in the home of karate, Japan.

JKS Karate World Championship, 19 - 29 July 2013

Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and the place where over 13 million people live, making it one of the most populous cities in the world.

When the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established a government there in the early 17th century, the area started to develop, spreading out around his residence, Edo Castle. Most of the city was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and then again by the bombing in the WWII, however, Tokyo was able to achieve a remarkably rapid recovery both times.

There are a number of attractions in Tokyo that should not be missed:
  • Ginza - Shopping galore!! Explore the upscale shopping district
  • Shinjuku one of Tokyo's busiest and well known business, shopping and entertainment districts. It has become the "new city center of Tokyo"
  • Asakusa which is reminiscent of the traditional Edo (the former name of Tokyo)
  • Shibuya that starts the trends for the young people; Be sure to see Shinbuya Crossing and the Hachiko Statue
  • Akihabara, a dense retail area where numerous electronic shops compete against each other, attracting many shoppers from Japan and overseas
  • Tsukiji, an open-air wholesale food market catering to shops

On the 27th of July you are invited to watch the All Japan Championship at the same location.

In the evening, go and watch The Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai) is one of the largest traditional fireworks festivals in Tokyo.
The oldest fireworks festival on record, dating back to the 18th century, it is attended by tens of thousands of locals wearing traditional yukata.
The Sumida River Fireworks Festival follows Japanese tradition of intense competition between pyrotechnics groups. Each group tries to outdo the previous one, and the result is a dazzling array of fireworks, not only in different patterns and colors, but forming complicated shapes such as kanji, Doraemon, or Pikachu.

This trip is built around the 3rd World Shoto Federation Karate-do Championship & the World Wheelchair Karate-do Championship which will be held at the 2nd Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Sunday 28 July.

See the itinerary for more details and suggestions.