Day Tour into Japanese Instruments and Chopsticks Making

Service provided by TABICA



  • Summary Experience Japanese craftsmanship first hand! You'll learn about Japanese woodworking and traditional instruments and even get to make your own chopsticks. This tour will take you into the world of Japanese woodworking, learning about chopsticks, plus the Shamisen, and other traditional Japanese instruments. Why chopsticks? In Japan, learning to make chopsticks is the first step in training to craft a musical instrument. You may have heard or even seen Japanese instruments before, but with this trip you’ll take an up close look at how they’re produced by the hands of professional artisans.
  • Category Culture and Crafts
  • Area Tokyo
  • Age range Any age
  • Experience Time 2.5 hours (14:00-16:30)
  • Availability 03/23/2017 - 12/31/2017
  • Maximum number of participants 6
  • Minimum number of participants 2 Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met.
    Accompanied infants participate for free.
  • Weather Restrictions Available Rain or Shine
  • Price ¥11,000 (adults)
    ¥5,500 (children)
    Free (infants)
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Catch a glimpse of the world of Shamisen Hi, I’m Mukoyama. I started being passionate about the Shamisen and the traditional Japanese music when I was very young and now, making them has been my speciality for many years. In order to train in the art of bending and straightening, cutting and handling delicate pieces of wood it is customary to make chopsticks. Would you like to try to make some together ?

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  • Cancellation Policy We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.
  • Included in the Price
    - Experience
    - Hand made Chopsticks
    - Interpreter
    - Insurance
  • Area
  • Things to bring / Note Casual clothes (or clothing you don't mind getting dirty) Since we use special wood called Koki (Rose wood), the cloth might get the color from the material. *Exclusion* Round trip train ticket from Shibuya station
14:00 Arrive at Mukouyama Instrument Shop; Introduction of the host
14:15 Begin chopstick making while hearing introduction to Shamisen and Koto, including stories of their musical history and traditional instrument craftsmanship
16:00 Finishing touch on the chopstick

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Sophia Adams

Sophia Adams

It was well organized and worth every minute! It was a fantastic experience! The teacher was passionate and kept my interest. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us! The trip was well-organized and activities were planned accordingly. The experience was great! The teacher was extremely knowledgeable, allowing us to absorb a lot of information in the process. The atmosphere was light and engaging. It was a fun and unique experience. It is definitely worth the time! Loved it! I highly recommend it!

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