Aiki Travel to Japan

What is aiki travel?

We went to Japan for the first time. With our Sensei. Thats an entirely different way of travelling.

I have been practicing Aikido for 3 years. Not very goodyet, but eager to learn more.

With me was my son. He is really cool doing Aikido.

And our Sensei.

I learned a lot from our trip to the head quarters.

But the most important lessons was from my Sensei.

Always watch your feet.

Balance yourself, before you meet others.

In Aikido, we work with energy.

Lessons taught when playing cards with the boys in the long hotel corridor.

When my senses suffered total overload after 3 hours of shopping in Shibuya.

Japan is a total sensory overload, here exploring Shibuya

Practicing in Hombu Dojo

It is such an honor, to walk trough the doors to the Aikikai Headquarters. To change clothes in the dressing room, enter the big dojo with the white tatamis, sit quietly waiting as the rows fill up with people.

Its 0630 in the morning, and time for the traditional class with Doshu.

Together with Doshu, in Hombu Dojo, the world headquarter of Aikido


Returning is part of the journey

That is right.

The day you come home is still part of your trip.

Bring with you all your bags, souvenirs, unpack in the cozy, well known atmosphere. Relax. Land.

Close your eyes, and feel how the trip has changed you.

Hiking in Japan

Japanese Alps
We came with the shinkansen from Hiroshima
Changed in Osaka
Slow, scenic route
police station
K-house, an excellent surprise, cheap and clean, and friendly.
Kamiguchi – busride

No map 😦

Explosion of colors

Straight up, hardship is good for your character

The few people we meet are very well prepared, all the right equipment, in awe of the mountain

yellow shoes and blue shoes
Mt Yari we

are woken up around 0500, everybody is packing and shuffling

Standing at the top of Yarisan (3190 m), looking down at the world trough a sea of clouds, sun on the right, moon on the left, in the magic moment of dawn, I appreciate the japanese tradition of conquering peaks together with the sun.

Japanese style – look at the sunrise!

Climb down, and enjoy the breakfast

Down in the mountain hut again, Pawel is enjoying a well deserved breakfast, after an early ascent and catching the rising sun at top of Mt Yari.

Down, down, down

Magical, enchanted forest

Hiking down trough a magic enchanted forest, I expected a unicorn or sorcerer to stand before me on the next bend of the path


Clean, fresh, reenergized, all kind of thoughts fly trough our head in the bus and train, on the way to Tokyo.