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Japanese Music and Drum Master Class in Tokyo




Discover Hundreds of Japanese Traditional Instruments and Drums #cc1000035

  • Come here for the rare change to play Taiko and a full array of traditional Japanese instruments.
  • Try the music method that has been used for over 30 years around the world.
  • You are able to see the Skytree from this experience spot.
  • 2 hour total

  • English, Japanese

  • Any Age

  • 3 〜 8



After starting my career as an actor, dancing, singing and trying every kind of Japanese theatre, I discovered Japanese drums and found my passion. I begged my master for three years for him to take me as an apprentice and after a long training I finally became his successor. It's been now 43 years I'm teaching drumming all over Japan.

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Wadaiko, or “Taiko” as it’s known abroad, is a traditional Japanese drum that’s been used in festivals for many years. With a deep sound and resonating booms, its sound continues to excite people across Japan and around the world. For this trip, we’ll learn the techniques used to recreate these sounds directly from a pro who’s been playing wadaiko for over 40 years! The Drumming school doesn't look like much from the outside. An old building from which you can hear muffled vibrations. But do not be fooled, the drum Master here is one of the best in Japan and his practice room have seen hundreds of students coming through. As he open the boxes and carefully wrapped protecting cloths, you will discover the Japanese Instruments Alibaba. Come with us and let your Japanese music knowledge increase tenfold.

  • Meet your host

    Mr Miyauchi will explain everything about his history and personal achievements, the years it took him to become his master disciple and much more.

  • Demonstration

    Next you will have the chance to se a demonstration of the host crazy skills. Don't hesitate to ask for demonstration of your favorite moves.

  • Learn the Basics

    You will then one by one learn some basic moves, or more advanced depending on your level.

  • Put your newly acquired skills to work

    Combine all the new moves you trained during the learning session into an improvised mini concert. You won't believe how nice it sounds!

  • Listen to a demonstration of a special Noh flute

    After the demonstration it's your turn!

  • Have fun with music

    Try out a variety of traditional Japanese instruments.



  • Duration


    (14:45 〜 17:00)

    * Time may vary, not including transportation time

  • Access

    Take the Yamanote to Akihabara, change to Chuo-Sobu to Ryogoku Station. (approx. 10 minutes from Tokyo Station)
    Take Chuo-Sobu to Ryogoku Station (approx. 20 min from Shinjuku Station)

  • Participants Guests

    3 〜 8

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age


  • Conditions

    Available Rain or Shine

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.


  • Adults(12+)


  • Children(4~11)


  • Infants(~3)


Included in the Price

Experience, Insurance


  • Things to bring

    Please wear active attire that is easy to move in.

  • Meeting Point

    Someya Building 2F 1-16-9, Ryougoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0026

  • Additional Info

    Please note that your reservation with us may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions or heavy rain. If so, we will contact you at least one hour prior to your reservation via your original booking site.





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    Machiko Obikawa


    I like how this drum teacher was passionate about the drums and his collection of Japanese instruments. However, it would have been better if we could practice drums more. You offer interesting and unique tours, so I would love to participate if I have enough budget.Thank you very much for your hospitality ;)
    It was fun playing a Japanese drum for the first time. The host taught us the posture, different rhythms, and 3 ways of ending with passion. He also demonstrated his improvised piece of drums and it was beautiful. He had so many collections of Japanese instruments. What I loved the most was that it took him 3 years to make a perfect sound on the handy Japanese drum. He gave me a life lesson to do anything with passion, otherwise you will never improve anything. It might have been better if there was more Japanese drum practice, but I needed to hear his wise words. So it was a great experience and highly recommended to check this out!!!
    It might be better to meet up in Ryogoku station than Shibuya actually since it is in the middle of Tokyo and people can easily find Ryogoku I suppose. See moreSee less

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    Debora Avalle


    The whole experience was satisfying. I really enjoyed meeting the local host and spending a few hours learning about japanese drums and other instruments. He made us all feel welcome, and we had an amazing time playing the instruments and listening to his stories. I did not enjoy the guide, though. Hopefully he was just trying to be funny and helpful, but to me most of his interactions were just out of place.See moreSee less

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    Beatriz Sandoval


    The Wadaiko tour was amazing! Since the beginning our tour guide (Shimon) was very polite, attentive and responsive. The teacher is an experienced musician very passionate about Japanese traditional music. You'll end up with a general idea about so many traditional instruments and also you'll be able to learn the basics about taiko drums. Highly recommended!See moreSee less

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    Norma Pezadilla


    It was a great experience, the tour guide was nice and helpful, the host was very happy and his stories were inspiring, it is always nice to meet people that loves what they do in that level. I definitely will try another tours like this.
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    Yu ning Chen


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