Tokyo Area

Explore the distinctive sounds of Japan's national instrument

Explore the distinctive sounds of Japan's national instrument

from 220.00

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Experience Includes |

  • 10 min - A brief overview of the history of Okoto

  • 10 min - A performance by the Okoto musician

  • 70 min - Learn how to play the Okoto

    You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will interpret in your language of choice, from English, French, or German. If you require translation in another language, please let us know at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Availability |

Monday, Friday
Session 1 (10:00 - 11:30)
Session 2 (13:00 - 14:30)

Number of Participants:


Bunkyo, Tokyo
20 min. from Tokyo Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

1.5 hr Experience

2 people max.

About Koto |

Koto | Koh・Toh
Traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument 

Recognized as the national instrument of Japan, the Koto has a long and romantic history in Japanese culture. Introduced from China during the Nara Period (710-784) as a 5-stringed instrument, the Koto developed into an instrument of 13 strings which are slung over 13 movable bridges, and is played by plucking with the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. The famous Japanese tale, The Tale of Genji, tells the story of Genji, a man who falls in love with a mysterious woman after hearing her play the Koto, despite never having seen her. Into the present day, two of the original schools (Ikuta and Yamada) continue teaching Koto. While traditional Japanese instruments such as the Koto experienced a decline with the introduction of Western instruments, it is still appreciated today and is also used in contemporary genres and has even been used by major Western pop artists, including Queen, David Bowie, and Dr. Dre. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary music, fall in love with the sound of the Koto with this unique experience.


Cancellation Policy |

  • Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.