Koto Lesson

Koto Lesson with Harumi Shimazaki

Soushunan, a 110 years old machiya, is a traditional wooden townhouse. Here you can experience playing the koto, which is a traditional Japanese instrument and indispensable for formal ceremonies in Japan. Harumi Shimazaki, who is a professional player of koto, will teach you how to play the koto. 

“In the trial lesson, I will teach you to play “Sakura“. Everyone from 3 years old to elderly people can play, so we encourage you to experience this with your family together. Equipment necessary for lessons, such as musical instruments and music notation are all available.”

Here is a video about the hands-on experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irGTWOFoW_A

Duration: 80 minutes 

Fee: 1 person 6,000 yen (tax included)

Number of people: 1 to 8 people per day 

Contents of Course: Lecture of koto history, Hands-on experience of koto. Performance of “Sakura” by the instructor. Japanese souvenir and tea included.

The lesson is by reservation-only.

How to make a reservation:

Please contact us in advance by e-mail or telephone on lesson time per reservation system.

In case of e-mail, please give the following when contacting us:

1. Your name

2. Lesson’s desired date and time (provided 3 options)

3. Number of people wanting lessons

We will reply within 2 days. If we do not reply within 2 days, please contact us by phone.

Contact: http://www.koto.kyoto.jp/#contact

Address: 288-2 Higashishimmeicho, Kamigyo-kuKyoto 602-8162, Kyoto Prefecture

Phone: +81 75-801-4652


Harumi Shimazaki / 島崎春美 – Koto Performer for the Full Moon Festival 2015 at Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto from Shota Takamine.