Before the war Morihei Ueshiba was a Daito-ryu instructor under Sokaku Takeda, taught Daito-ryu for many years and issued licenses in Daito-ryu. What Morihei Ueshiba was teaching and distributing after the war in the 1950’s and 1960’s was essentially the same material that he was teaching and distributing before the war – Daito-ryu, right down to the certificates and the name in the enrollment book.
Also nearby is Kyu-Mikasa Hotel, which is an important cultural property and was Karuizawa’s oldest hotel, while one can also enjoy the refreshing natural scenery together with Karuizawa’s uniquely stylish townscape. John Lennon and Karuizawa. John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, used to take their family along to Karuizawa every summer.