Okinawa 2015 – Train Hard, Work Hard, Play Hard

Updated June 24th, 2015

Train Hard, Work Hard, and Play Hard but not necessarily in that order. This October, Houkonkai is planning its most ambitious Okinawa tour to date. On the agenda are 3 distinct tours all rolled into one trip. We will visit Kumejima, take part in the world’s largest Tug O’ War in Okinawa, and be a part of the an intensive karate training camp which will be finished of with a Karate tournament. You can take part in one, two, or all three. Here is our tentative schedule.

Arrival Day: October 9 or 10, 2015 

Sunday, October 11th, 2015:
O-Tsunahiki (The world’s largest tug o’ war)

Be a part of the world’s largest tug o’war…not just as a spectator…but as a performer. Depending on the level of participation, enjoying the parade as a spectator or as a performer. Traditional costumes are included and include tabi (shoes), purple headband, waist wrap, uniform, etc…


Monday, October 12 to Friday 16, 2015:
Intensive Meibukan Karate and Okinawa Kobudo Training

Master instructors include:
Yagi Meitetsu Sensei Hanshi 10th Dan (Meibukan Goju-Ryu)
Takushi Seiki Sensei Hanshi 9th Dan (Matayoshi Kobudo)

There will be daily training for the five days as well as time for touring.

Sunday, October 18th, 2015:
All Okinawa Karate-Do Association Championships 


Take part as a judge, referee, or spectator as some of Okinawa’s best amateur athletes challenge themselves to be among the best in their prefecture.

Monday, October 19 – Tuesday 20:

We end our Okinawa adventure on Kumejima for 2 nights to discover land that time almost forgot. Kumejima is a gorgeous remote island 100 km west of Okinawa.  The island has a rich artisan community and known for its beautiful beaches and diving. Kumejima remains a pristine haven that is just a 40 minute flight from Naha.

On this trip we will experience the Japanese equivalent to a laid back bohemian island life, visit the famous Hate no Hama sandbar beach and learn Okinawa weaponry from a Ryukyu Kobudo Master, diving, snorkeling, etc..

If you dive, it will be a perfect way to end the trip since these small islands of Okinawa Prefecture are pristine and spared the bombing of WWII. With under 10,000 people living on these islands the land and waters are gorgeous.Our hotel will be simple bed and breakfast style to keep in theme with a bohemian holiday.

Monday, October 21, 2015
Return Home (Kumejima – Naha – Tokyo – Toronto)

Houkonkai Service Fees
Houkonkai can arrange just about everything including hotel, travel, training, for a flat rate of $550 USD. This fee include Sean Wong as a concierge throughout the 3 tours of the trip, a farewell party, team T-shirt. You pay for your own local hotel cost, food, ground travel, etc.. upon arrival. We can also help with advice on flights and pre-travel preparation. An all inclusive price option is also available for about $4000 CAD depending on where your home departure is. If interested, please contact us directly for some quotes.

Fixed fees for that need to be prepaid are:
Intensive Training Camp: $330 USD
Payment Due 100% – August 15, 2015

Important: Our home base in Naha is GRG Higashimachi. It is walking to the Hombu and many shopping areas.

Dojo Incentives
Find out how you can participate for almost FREE of service and program fees! There are incentives for Dojo owners who with to participate in this tour. Please contact its organizer Sean Wong for details.