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Things to do / Cultural/Entertainment

Koto lesson at Soushunan

Experience the richness of Japanese tradition with Soushunan, a 100-plus-year-old machiya (traditional wooden townhouse) where you can learn how to play the koto (Japanese harp) and enjoy a music performance in hands-on cultural classes. With its artfully designed spaces, you can even rent the traditional venue as a photo studio to capture precious memories with your loved ones.

The townhouse, located just a short walk away from Nijo Castle in Kyoto, is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and located at 288-2 Higashi-shinmeicho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi. All ages are welcome and no prior experience with playing musical instruments is needed. You will be guided by a teacher throughout the 80-minute lesson in a cozy and traditional atmosphere. Depending on your reservation status, however, it may be held in an adjacent lesson room.

Daily lessons are available, but reservations should be made in advance by email or phone. When making your booking, please provide your name, email address, telephone number, desired lesson date and time slot, and the number of participants involved. Soushunan will reply you upon confirming your booking.

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In the event of cancellation or reservation changes, please contact Soushunan immediately. The following cancellation fee will be charged at 50% from the day before the reserved slot and at 100% on the day itself.