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Axe Throwing Bar in Asakusa, Tokyo

Traditionally an event at lumberjack competitions mostly held in North America, axe throwing has slowly started to spread around the world as a modern sport that can be practised casually, just for fun, or increasingly so, competitively.

Ilze

Ilze

Published on 10 Jun, 12:00

Traditionally an event at lumberjack competitions mostly held in North America, axe throwing has slowly started to spread around the world as a modern sport that can be practised casually, just for fun, or increasingly so, competitively.

Axe Throwing Bar in Asakusa, Tokyo

The past few years have seen axe throwing leagues being formed all across the world, and also in Japan. In fact, the fourth annual Japan axe tournament was held at the Axe Throwing Bar in Asakusa in October 2021.

While at this point in time it is still somewhat of a niche sport, it is possible to try it in Tokyo. There are currently two venues, the aforementioned Axe Throwing Bar in Asakusa, Taito Ward, as well as The Reeast Room in Toshima Ward's Ikebukuro district. To try this exciting sport for the first time, I paid a visit to The Reeast room, which is located about a 10 minute walk from Ikebukuro station's east exit.

At this point, you may be asking, what exactly is axe throwing and how does it work?

Let me explain. Similar to darts, there is a board with 5 rings, and the goal of the game is to throw an axe (and you have to make it stick onto the board!) as close to the centre ring as possible.

There are also two blue dots on the upper third rings, and if you manage to hit them, you can call "killshot!" for 6 points. If you are playing for points, the outer ring is worth one, the second ring worth two, and so on until you get to the centre ring, which is worth 5 points.

A scoresheet is provided to help you keep score, and you can either play in teams or against one other person.

Axe Throwing Bar in Asakusa, Tokyo

However similar the rules may be to darts, a far sturdier board is needed as axes are, of course, far heavier than darts! At Reeast, there are three sections, similar to baseball batting cages, each with a large wooden board for visitors to throw with an axe.

There are even a variety of different axes, some heavier than others, so you can choose the one that feels most comfortable. In addition to the axes, the staff also offer guests shuriken (also known as Japanese throwing stars), a traditional Japanese weapon.

The shuriken was used in addition to swords and other weapons as a kind of small hidden dagger samurai could easily hide and use when in danger.

Throwing an axe and a shuriken is, as I'm sure you can imagine, two very different things!

Axe Throwing Bar in Asakusa, Tokyo

If it is your first time trying either, it might take a little while to hone your technique (or, like me, you still won't be able to make an axe stick!) – for beginners, perhaps the easiest way would be to hold the axe with both hands above your head and throw it so that it spins and the axe lands on the target.

The shuriken is easier thrown from your side with one hand. Of course, everyone has different techniques that work for them, but I can assure you it is not as easy as it looks!

If you would also like to try axe throwing, you can make a reservation at the websites of either of the venues mentioned in this article.

Prices vary based on how long you want to throw for; the time of day you visit; or whether it’s a weekday or not. A drink is included, and more may be purchased, but caution is advised when throwing sharp objects, of course!


For more information, please visit:

The Axe Throwing bar Asakusa

https://theaxethrowingbar.com

First Floor, Nasu Komagata Building 〒110-0043 Tokyo, Taito City, Komagata, 1 Chome−2−13

Reeast room Ikebukuro

https://reeastroom.com

First Floor 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima City, Higashi Ikebukuro 1 Chome 44-17

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Ilze

Ilze

My name is Ilze, and I am a writer who is enthusiastic about travel! I am currently based in Japan, where I spend my time trying to find the best hidden gems the land of the rising sun has to offer! You can follow me on instagram: @ilzegram

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