• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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Get into the groove as you learn 'taiko,' a traditional Japanese drum practice, during this 1-hour lesson in Kyoto that’s limited to just 12 participants. Find your rhythm as an instructor shows you the basics of taiko practice, including proper form to hold the drumsticks. By the end of your class, you’ll know how to play a basic song. The small-group setting also ensures you will receive personalized attention from your instructor during the session.


  • Taiko lesson in Kyoto
  • Be introduced to the art of taiko under the guidance of an expert instructor
  • Learn how to play a song with basic rhythms
  • Small-group class with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience

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Japanese Taiko Drum Lesson in Kyoto

Small Group Japanese Drum - Taiko Lesson

Bang out a tune as you learn the practice of taiko, a traditional Japanese drumming art, during a small-group class in Kyoto that’s limited to 12 guests. It’s a great way to get hands-on and learn a new skill during your trip while also discovering a new aspect of Japan’s rich musical culture.

Meet at the Taiko Center in the afternoon on the day of your lesson. Get an introduction to your instructor before starting with a few pre-session exercises to warm up your body for the drum course. This will also help you avoid any injuries during this introduction to this traditional art form.

Then begin your drum training. Learn the proper methods to hold the drumsticks, called bachi, before you begin your drum work. Follow your instructor for an introduction to basic drum rhythms, taking you through a series of fun drills to help you get the hang of it. After just a short amount of practice, you’ll be ready to join your drum class to play a basic song.

You’ll leave your drum class at the end feeling excited, swaying to the rhythms of this energetic, fun-filled Japanese musical art.

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Customer Reviews

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We had a great time our Sensei was very clear and concise on what he wanted us to do. He taught with a lot of energy, pride and enthusiasm he didn't make us feel like we were just another class coming thru the door. We got so into it we actually developed blisters. Will definitely do it again.

Breanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a lot of fun. Good exercise though so be prepared to get hot! We learned one taiko drumming song during the lesson after a brief warmup. Having no drumming experience is fine as long as you can keep a beat. Definitely worth doing. I recommend telling taxi drivers the cross roads though since he didn't know where the taiko drumming center was and had to ask another Japanese person!

Juliet E A

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

The only issue with we had is that we struggled to find the location. Everything is written in Japanese and we don't speak or read the language. Fortunately, we had called in that we would be a few minutes late because we couldn't find the building. The Taiko employees came running down the street to find us. This is quite an intimidating situation for foreigners to be in.

That said, the class was lots of fun!

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