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Learn Japanese guitar "Shamisen" provided by Koto Karaku

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Learn Japanese guitar "Shamisen"

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
This experience can enjoy traditional music, culture and architecture at the same time. Shamisen is a Japanese traditional instrument that resembles a guitar. The sounds play by the three strings are very beautiful and cool. It's a bit difficult, but everyone will surely feel fun. I will teach you how to play a Syamisen. Since I teach it from the basics, even a beginner is fine. We will practice the traditional Japanese song. Finally, you play the Shamisen duo with me. If you can play it well, you can do an ensemble of your shamisen and my koto. Let's try it! After the experience, it is tea time with green tea and traditional sweets. While enjoying drinking tea, you can enjoy traditional Japanese manners. The venue is a very precious traditional Kyoto architectural residence. Because it is a private residence, travelers can not usually enter. Only experience guests can enter the house specially.
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Departure Point
京都箏花洛 koto karaku 箏(琴/こと) 三味線 胡弓(こきゅう) 教室, 535-21 Warayachō, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, 602-8144, Japan
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Syamisen
  • Green tea and seasonal Japanese confectionery
  • Private transportation
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The venue is a traditional Japanese tatami room where you take off your shoes.
  • It is not recommended that your knees hurt.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Timothea wrote a review Jan 2020
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It was a wonderful private shamisen lesson. The teacher was knowledgeable and patient. It was a great way to learn a new skill and appreciate the Japanese music culture.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from kotokaraku, Owner at Learn Japanese guitar "Shamisen"
Responded Jan 5, 2020
Thank you for writing a good review! I was able to relax by playing and talking together. Please come to Kyoto again.
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This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

By: Koto Karaku
Engaging koto lesson in beautiful Japanese traditional house with warm and encouraging teacher Sachiko
It was such a engaging and memorable experience! Not just a koto lesson only. Teacher Sachiko was very encouraging
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Japanese
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