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“Chance to play the drums”

Drum Museum (Taikokan)
Ranked #53 of 443 things to do in Taito
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This rotating collection of both Japanese taiko drums and drums from around the world welcomes visitors to bang on the drums on display upstairs and purchase their own drums, flutes, dragon masks and other festival attire downstairs.
Reviewed April 9, 2014

On arrival we were asked to pay JPY500 each to then go up to the fourth floor to be presented with a smallish room filled with drums. Initially we thought it was going to be a waste of money, but within a minute we were greeted by a very charming young lady who had a vast knowledge of all things drums. She gave us a hands on lesson on how to play the initial 4 drums and then left us to our own devices... we could hit/play anything that didn't have a red dot sticker on it. Ultimately we spent a very pleasant hour making music on a vast range of drums & percussion instruments from around the world. Only thing missing was a modern drum kit .... would loved to have had a go on that! Worth the visit

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is a museum that might pique the interest of someone with a musical bent, especially one that is interested in comparative musical styles between cultures. This is also an example of something to do when you have done everything that was on your "A" list for Tokyo. My colleague and I were in that situation and we were intrigued by the sound of a Drum Museum (no pun intended). We set out to find it and used our GPS to get there from the Tawaramachi Station. The museum was not easy to find, however, as it was not well marked from the street. It was on the 4th Floor of a building, the entrance to which led to a music shop. We did manage to find it after a couple circles around the block as we finally concluded that the museum must be affiliated with the shop. We purchased our tickets at the front desk of the shop and took the elevator to the 4th floor. Quite frankly, I thought the admission of 500 yen was a little expensive for the limited content of the attraction. The museum was a one-room exhibit filled with drums from all over the world. The displays were arranged by geographic region. The placards describing the cultural importance of drums and the styles that have been manifested based on the societal roles of these instruments were very interesting. The museum was a hands-on exhibit and probably at least half of the drums, if not more, were available to play to allow us to get the additional experiential dimension of the various sounds. That was fun even for us big kids. It only took us about 45 minutes to get through the exhibit. The other downside in addition to the price was the fact that only one picture was allowed per party and it had to be taken by one of the staff. It was not at all apparent why photos were not permitted and I found that restriction to be pretty irritating. In all, however, if music is your thing, and especially if drums are of interest, this is a place you might want to put on your Tokyo itinerary. I can imagine that it might especially be fun for younger kids.

1  Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We visited the Drum Museum with our 12 month old, who loves to drum on everything from furniture to floors to actual drums. So, a museum that lets you play the drums seemed like it would be a hit. It was! We had a blast trying out drums from all over the world! The museum held our toddler's attention for nearly an hour, crawling from drum to drum playing.

This is a small, one room, self-guided museum on the fourth floor of the building housing the Miyamoto drum store (on floors 1 and 2). You buy tickets to the museum at the counter in the store on the first floor and then take the elevator up to the fourth floor (note that the stairs in the shop will not get you to the fourth floor; we found that out the hard way!).

The museum has drums and percussion instruments from all over the world, including a very large collection of Japanese drums. A small card gives the name and country of origin of each instrument in English and Japanese. While some drums were for looking only, about 80% of the drums on display could be played (drums with a musical note on the description card are ok to play). The ability to play the instruments and appreciate their different sounds made this a great experience and much more interesting than a typical museum display about drums. Our 12 month old loved playing the drums and other instruments and also enjoyed listening to us play them...and mom and dad enjoyed playing both familiar and brand new instruments.

Two ladies who apparently work at the establishment came in while we were there and were very kind and welcoming. One demonstrated some instruments used in kabuki to make sound effects, such as two shells to make a frog noise and two joined piece of wood to make the sound of oars rowing, which was very cool.

This place is definitely off the beaten tourist path. Our taxi driver had never heard of it, but looked up the location on his GPS using the phone number we had for it. We were the only ones in the museum the whole time.

Also, while some travel guides mention buying drums in the first floor shop, you should know that this is not a tourist gift shop, but rather a professional taiko drum shop. The drums are of excellent quality, but also very expensive...no souvenir drums, but the real thing.

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Reviewed October 10, 2017
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Reviewed June 18, 2017
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