Take a Koto Lesson at a Traditional House in Kyoto

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Let's play Koto, a traditional japanese harp,in Soushunan! Soushunan is an old traditional wooden house built in Kyoto, near Nijo Castle. Ms.Harumi Shimazaki, who is a professional Koto player, will teach you how to play Koto.

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  • Touch traditional Japanese musical instrumental
  • Learn Japanese culture and traditional music
  • See a 110-years-old wooden house

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Soushunan (15 minutes on foot from Nijo Station)


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Meet your host :
Harumi
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Beginner)

Hi!
I'm professional Koto player,based in Kyoto.I'm waiting for you!
We have traditional wooden house in Nijo area,and our family have been lived in Kyoto over 100years,so we can tell you customs and dailylife in Kyoto!
Hope to see you soon.
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Reviews (11)

  • Christine Christine

    The most memorable experience in Japan

    Taking a private koto lesson was the most memorable experience of my whole Japanese vacation. The lesson is in a traditional Japanese house in a neighborhood near Nijo Castle. Harumi was very welcoming and encouraging. Although the lesson lasted only a few hours, I learned a lot. I enjoyed playing koto with Harumi. The highlight was her playing a song at the end of the lesson. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to immerse themselves into Japanese culture.

  • Courtney Courtney

    What a great experience!!

    I'm so glad I got to take a koto lesson with Harumi-san! She is a wonderful teacher and I had a great time!

  • Calum Calum

    A Kyoto must do!!

    What a beautiful experience! Me and my girlfriend went along and had a wonderful time learning the koto. Harumi was really good fun to play with and be taught by. She was patient and funny! She took a real interest in us and making sure that we got the most out of the lesson. The house was beautiful and very traditional and she gave us some background on both the house and the instruments. Although in the suburbs its easy to tie in with other sights and attractions, both the castle and the fire ramen restaurant are in easy walking distance. If I would go back to kyoto I would definitely do this again despite having done it once. It was a real joy to play the instruments with such a helpful patient teacher. THANK YOU HARUMI!!!

  • Irene Irene

    Excellent fun and unique in so many ways

    My partner and I arrived at the suburban music studio and were pleasantly suprised to see that it is indeed a charming traditional house! After chatting with Harumi at a low table, we walked through some sliding doors to the Koto room and had an excellent time learning about how the Koto is played and practising a traditional song. Harumi even invited her mother (who is also a Koto teacher) to help with the lesson and we had a great time. At the end, Harumi played a song for us and we were truly awestruck by her mastery of the Koto and the beauty with which she played. 10/10 experience and would recommend this to all travellers interested in Japanese culture and learning something unique.

  • Geraldine Siaw Hong Geraldine Siaw Hong

    Fun times playing Koto

    I had alot of fun playing and learning Koto from Harumi-san. She is an amazing teacher and I learnt so much from her. Next time when I'm in Kyoto, I will definitely challenge a different koto song!

  • Rita Rita

    Excellent Teacher Harumi Sensei

    It's my pleasure to visit Harumi Sensei's house to learn Koto. She is nice and kind with patient when teaching me Koto. It's a great experience to learn Koto, and have chance to listen two beautiful pieces performed by Harumi Sensei. Thank you for your hospitality, I enjoy the learning and experience sharing time. I Hope I can visit again very soon.

  • Sabrina Sabrina

    Wonderful experience

    An absolutely memorable experience. We were a group of 5 people and all the women of the family helped and taught us. Very kind and patient, and the Kyoto is a lot of run to play.

  • Julien Julien

    One of my favorite experiences in Japan!

    I had a lot of fun with Harumi. She was very kind and friendly. Learning about the koto and how to play it was extremely nice and rewarding, it gave me a great insight on this part of Japanese culture. Harumi taught me a couple of songs on the koto and played in duet with me once I had practiced enough. It was a unique experience, one of my favorite in Japan and I would totally recommend it!

  • Frank Frank

    Beautiful instrument | Lovely teacher and experience

    My partner and i have always loved the sweet, soulful sound of the Koto. We were very excited to learn about Harumi-sensei's lessons here in Kyoto. She is an excellent teacher and her mother (also a teacher) joined with us. We learned the history of the koto and were able to play one song by the end of our lesson. I don't know if we will have a chance for another lesson while we are here, but hope to come back and learn another tune. Definitely, a unique experience in Kyoto and nice break from the temples and tourist trail.

  • vincent vincent

    Fantastic :)

    L'accueil et la leçon étaient génial, Harumi est vraiment adorable, patiente et enseigne parfaitement son instrument. Le koto est un tres bel instrument qui mérite d'être essayé voir plus si affinité ! je recommande absolument ! encore merci pour ce bon moment :)

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