Re: Aikido School In Japan
I don't think I could pick 5, but my top 3 are all in Ibaraki prefecture:
1) Ibaraki Branch Dojo (Doshu, Waka Sensei and local students of Osensei)
2) Toride Fujishiro Dojo (Isoyama Shihan 8th dan - student of Osensei)
3) Kasama Dojo (Akimoto Sensei 5th dan - student of Osensei)
I came to Japan a number of years ago with no idea of what the 'best' aikido was, but I thought I should start by finding teachers who trained with Osensei. So, I went to Osensei's dojo in former Iwama Town, present day Kasama City, Ibaraki, which at that time was headed by Isoyama Shihan (who remains executive advisor). A few years down the line and I'm still here. I'd highly recommend it.
My original second choice would have been the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, but in recent years, Waka Sensei took over as dojo-head in Iwama, so we get to train with him (or a substitute) once per week and Doshu on Saturdays. We essentially get the best of both worlds.