This is the one and only taiko class that is organized just for you. We can plan your lesson according to your specific requests. It is only an hour long so you can easily fit it into your busy sightseeing schedule. We often receive comments from our participants that although it was a short period of time, they were able to leave with a sense of accomplishment and unique memory as they can now play a simple taiko piece on their own!

You do not have to be a part of large tour group or school group to sign up for this class. No experience or Japanese language needed! We offer an opportunity for you to experience the local culture in first hand. Come empty handed and you will leave with an unforgettable memory!



CLASS DETAILS

How long is a class?: 60 minutes
What date & time?:
9:30-22:00 on Weekday
9:30-20:00 on Saturday
9:30-18:00 on Sunday
Please give us a few preferences for your lesson date and time. There will be a better chance of you getting your preferred date and time if you contact us earlier. (We have regular lessons at all of our studios as well, so it will be arranged around those schedule.)
Where is it at?: We have two studios in Tokyo. Please see Map & Direction for more details.
o Asakusa studio: Very close to Sensouji-temple and Skytree!
o Aoyama studio: Aoyama is a trendy area that is specially popular for the Japanese fashionistas! Aoyama studio is also close to Omote-sandou and Harajuku.
How much does it cost?: Please contact us to inquire about the prices, and please see “PRICES” below for more details. We accept both cash and credit card payment (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, Diners).

  • What language will the lesson be in?
    Japanese and simple English (Although most of the instructions are given in Japanese, most participants do not find it an issue since a lot can be communicated through body-language and mimicking.)

  • Who can attend this class?
    Anyone and everyone above 3 years old! You can come as a family, couple, friends and you can even come alone! It will be a great opportunity for you to meet other tourists too. Our instructors can manage a class with a wide age spread or multiple cultural backgrounds.

  • What will we do in class?
    (This is a rough example) Normally we start with a simple stretch and learning about what taiko is made out of. Then move onto learning basic taiko movement and try hitting it right away! Usually we teach a few simple patterns or a piece to the participant, which gradually gets more challenging depending on the levels of the participants. Then they do a final run through performance at the end. Many of our customers enjoy taking group photos with the instructor and taiko before they leave.

  • Who will be my instructor?
    Taiko-Lab instructor (trained and certified by Taiko-Center) They are all experienced taiko players and most of them are part of performance groups that regularly perform at various events. They run regular taiko classes at our studios. They are all excited to share their passion with you!

  • What should I bring?
    Come in ( or bring) clothes that you can exercise in! You will be sweating if you play the taiko right! You will also be asked to take your shoes and socks off for the class. We have a changing room so you may bring a change of clothes. Aoyama studio has showering facility and Asakusa Studio don’t. We rent the taiko sticks for free for your lesson, but if you wish to use your own and take them home with you, we sell them at our store along with many other taikorelated items/souvenirs!



EXAMPLES

These are some of the examples of our tailor-made lessons from the past
1 hour class of family bonding time without any other tourists.
90 minutes class for a large business group of 50 people from Italy at a large hall, where they practiced and performed a taiko piece together for 60 minutes, and ended with watching a taiko show for 30 minutes.
1 hour class for a very large group of 180 tourists from France as part of their company’s reward trip. We split them into groups of 60 people and did classes in 3 rounds with 1 hour each.
1 hour group class for a high school trip from Australia.
1 hour class at the participants’ hotel with a performance at the end.
2 hours of advanced level private class for professional musicians/ drummers.
90 mins class for 20 company workers from Sweden as a part of a business trip where taiko playing was used as a team building activity. We split the group into two and taught different pieces with different instructors, then ended with a performance competition at the end.

VIP class for high
profile visitors.
Weekly group classes for university exchange students from overseas over a few months, ending with a performance at a university event.
1 hour class for a school concert band from Singapore, who came to Japan for a band competition.
1 hour class as a cultural exchange study for school students from South Korea.


PERFORMANCE

Just want to see a taiko performance without doing a taiko class?
– We can arrange that too!
We can also send our performers to your company parties at hotel, school trip venue, event hall and so on. If you are here when we are hosting a taiko concert, we will be able to reserve the tickets for you as well. Performance prices are completely different from the class prices, so please contact us if you are interested in this option. Please see the list of performance groups below for more details regarding the performers.
Adding performance by the instructors as a part of the private taiko class
Our customers often like to end their taiko class with a professional taiko performance, and our instructors who are also active and accomplished performers will be able to do just that! Performances will be an additional cost on top of the class, and the price will be determined according to the length of the performance and the number of performers involved. Please contact us regarding this option.


MUGEN
Mugen is a young and energetic three-man taiko drumming group, consisting of Kiyomasa Hanahara, Hidemasa Hanahara and Yuichiro Furusato. They have performed worldwide as well as within Japan. In 2012 they were personally asked by Avril Lavigne to join her Japan Tour as guest artists, and in 2014 they collaborated with her again at Osaka and Tokyo performances.

MUGEN Official website:
http://www.wadaiko-mugen.com/
 
Yuzarakuza   Ryuji Tomono
Yuzarakuza consists of Kiyomasa Hanahara, Ryuji Tomono, Aoi Miyakoshi, and Keijirou Ishida. They compose original pieces that portrays the energetic and fun mood of traditional festival music from various regions of Japan, in hopes to deliver the “living energy” to the audience.   Ryuji has been achieving successes in life through taiko despite having a minor disability. He has been a member of “Kokeban and His Friend Orchestra” - an orchestra lead by a world reknown conductor, Kenichirou Kobayashi - and performed with them on over 10 stages a year.



PERFORMANCE

We highly recommend the following people to consider booking our private class:
  • Why not incorporate a taiko playing activity to your school trip? Young students will surely love the high-energy activity, and they are still exposed to the local culture while having fun! We can also include a little cultural background lecture about taiko and traditional Japanese music culture, as well as share stories or philosophy behind Japanese manners or greetings in the class. We can accommodate a large group and the class can also act as a team building activity with a performance competition at the end!
  • Professional musician (drummer): If you are already musically inclined, a private class will definitely suit you better. We can progress faster and do pieces that match your interest and skills. We had a famous drummer from a world renowned rock band take our class and we were able to make the lesson more personal and unique for him.
  • Finding a unique activity is crucial for tour groups. We can accommodate any size groups and adapt to various mixtures of nationalities and age groups. All you have to do is to bring your group here, and we will take care of the rest! There can also be performances at the end of the class by our instructors, where your client can take photos or video and take it home as a memory. (Please note that there will be an additional cost for performances.)
  • Team building activities need to be both fun and challenging, and taiko class will do just that! We can either do a class as one big group and encourage the participants to all help each other, or split the group into smaller groups and they can complete against each other. Music not only has the power to unite people together, but hitting drums really hard can simply be very satisfying and stress relieving for your hardworking colleagues! We recommend to do at least 2-3 hours for team building classes, and we will end with participants performing in front of each other. If it is a large group (30-100 people), we often have 2-3 people play together on one drum.
  • We have instructors who have years of experience performing professionally, and they can be specially assigned to your group if your taiko group is high level. We can help your group to learn a completely new piece, help you to improve on various techniques, or help you prefect a piece you are currently working on. It could be spread over a few days if needed.
  • Being famous should not make it any harder for your celebrity to have some fun! We understand the importance of privacy, and we can run a class just for your client without being interrupted or disturbed. We have many experiences hosting VIP guests.


PRICE

There is a slight difference in price between each studio and depending on the assigned instructor or their availability. The price will also change according to the specific requests and class duration. Since so much of the price depends on each client’s request, we are unable to list the definite price here. We will be able to give you more detailed idea for the price when you contact us with your requests.

VENUE

Asakusa studio:
3 studios. Holds about 60 people in total (They each hold 30, 20, and 10 people). Odaiko equipped in the biggest room.
Aoyama studio:
3 studios. Holds about 100 people in total (They each hold 50, 25, and 25 people). Odaiko equipped in the biggest room.

BOOKING

Please use the following online form to make your booking.
Please try to book your private class as early as possible. We run regular lessons at these studios as well, and you are more likely to get your preferred choice of date and time for lesson if you contact us well ahead of time.


*If for some reason, you are unable to use the form, please follow the instructions below.

Please book well in advance by sending an email to infoeng@taiko-center.co.jp with the following information.
* (Please do not forget to specify that you are interested in “private lesson” instead of the “group class”):

1. Full name of a representative person and company/group name if any
2. Date and time that you prefer (Please give us a few preferences.)
3. Duration of the lesson (Minimum 1 hour to however long you wish it to be! We can also suggest a duration according to your requests.)
4. Number of participants
5. Language of the participants (We can provide a French and English interpreters who are also taiko instructors, but if you prefer a specific instruction in any other language, we suggest that you provide an interpreter.)
6. Any specific types of drum or music you would like to learn, requests, or purpose of lesson that you can tell us already
7. Location of the studio: Please pick one from below.
・Tokyo:Asakusa studio
・Tokyo:Aoyama studio