Attraction 2-1-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan Published on: 05-04-2016
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Why Taikokan (Drum Museum) is special ?
The Drum Museum was opened in 1988 to make publically available the long-preserved drums collected from all over the world by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, an established company that handles drums, portable shrines, and other festival-related items. The collection consists of around 800 pieces. Drums - a few of which can even be played - are displayed from various regions throughout the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States. Special exhibitions, workshops, and other events are also held to help people experience and become familiar with drums, which were handed down as a method of communication between people and between people and the gods
What to explore at Taikokan (Drum Museum)?
There are hundreds of drums from around the world here, including several traditional Japanese taiko . The best part is that you can actually play most of them (those marked with a music note).
How to get to Taikokan (Drum Museum)?
By train:2 minutes by foot from Tawaramachi Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
6 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
8 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station on the Tobu Line
2 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express (TX)
- Super-fun, small hands on museum
- Interesting museum and great taiko shop
- Go bang the drums!
- Hands on experience great for kids
- A museum where you can play the exhibits
2-1-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
Tips for you
This was one of the group's favorite Tokyo attractions. The Miyamoto Unosuke Drum Museum is a room full of drums from throughout the world, many of which you can try playing. Highlights included some steel pans (steel drums) and a very large Japanese taiko drum. A woman who worked there helped show us how to play some of them, which was very helpful.
This is a fun small museum located above a Japanese drum shop. The collection of drums is fun to see and you are allowed to touch and try some of the percussion instruments from around the world on display. When we visited a very friendly Japanese lady in kimono explained the various drums and played several of them for us. She also showed us how to play some Japanese rhythms with four people. This is a fun place to see if you are in the area and like music. In the shop you can buy Japanese style drum sticks and bells. The shop has the kind of percussion that is used at Japanese festivals.