2019: the last year for Oni in the U.S.

What is the Oni School?

Master angler, Masami Sakakibara “Tenkara No Oni”, travels to the United States to teach his famous “Oni Tenkara” in a three-day course to a limited number of students.

2016 Oni School graduates

2016 Oni School graduates

2015 Oni School graduates

2015 Oni School graduates

2019 Oni Tenkara School

*** Second Session now available! ***

General Info

1st Session (2 spots left):  Aug 1-3, Thurs-Sat
2nd Session (8 spots left):  Aug 5-7, Mon-Wed
Location: Sundance Mountain Resort near Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost: $495.00 + tax per student
Registration: Email ERiK at erik@tenkaraguides.com


Day One: Introduction to Oni Tenkara
Day Two: Intermediate Techniques
Day Three: Advanced Techniques


The 2019 Oni Tenkara School registration is now open!

  • Pre-registration is mandatory!

  • Class is limited to 20 students only on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • After requesting registration through the email address above, you will receive billing information. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

  • Additional details on time and location for the school will be provided via email to registered students only.

  • Those who do not make it into the class will be placed on a “waiting list”, and immediately notified via email should a student position open.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Payment in full required to reserve your student spot.

  • $250.00 non-refundable deposit if you cancel your reservation before June 30, 2019.

  • Cancellations between July 1-August 1, 2019 are nonrefundable. Full price of $495.00.


If you need lodging, we have exclusive pricing here:

A Special Note from Mr. Sakakibara:

"How many years has passed since I met them for the first time?

John, Rob and Erik from Tenkara Guides visited me in Japan, this was the first time I met them, and they attended my Tenkara class.

Since then a lot of wonderful things have happened to me.

I could not even have had imagined that I who just knew rivers at the countryside in Japan would travel to the United States to teach an Oni Tenkara School at Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah.  A resort owned by my favorite actor Robert Redford.

That was wonderful happening and I have been able to meet a lot of charming Tenkara loving students.

Full of thankfulness.

But the time passed, I am getting old.

It is extremely hard on my old body staying in a hotel room and fishing all day under the sun on hot summer days.My dearest American friends, this year’s Oni school is the last one and I will not be able to do Oni school in the US.

I’m retiring from Oni school in U.S.

This is the very last school in U.S.

So, now on I can meet you all in Japan.

I hope this year’s Oni school will be wonderful one which is 5th year memorable one, I am already very excited.

And I hope a lot of students will attend this last school.

I love to show my Tenkara to all of you.

I love to catch fish at natural river with you.

This is my Tenkara.

I appreciated each student whom I have met at Oni school during these last 5 years.

Thank you very much,

Masami Sakakibara Tenkara no-Oni


How do I register?

Contact ERiK at erik@tenkaraguides.com