Koto zither masterclass

Koto zither masterclass

from 240.00

$240 USD per person

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

Number of Participants:

Explore the distinctive sounds of Japan's national instrument with a master koto performer


  • Location: Bunkyo, Tokyo

  • 1.5 hours

  • 2 people max.

  • Offered in Japanese, with friendly Deeper Japan guide interpreting in English
    (French/German/Spanish interpretation may be available upon request)

Magical melodies

Recognized as the national instrument of Japan, the Koto has a long and romantic history in Japanese culture. Introduced from China during the Nara Period (710-784) as a 5-stringed instrument, the Koto developed into an instrument of 13 strings which are slung over 13 movable bridges, and is played by plucking with the thumb, index finger, and middle finger. The famous Japanese tale, The Tale of Genji, tells the story of Genji, a man who falls in love with a mysterious woman after hearing her play the Koto, despite never having seen her. Into the present day, two of the original schools (Ikuta and Yamada) continue teaching Koto. While traditional Japanese instruments such as the Koto experienced a decline with the introduction of Western instruments, it is still appreciated today and is also used in contemporary genres and has even been used by major Western pop artists, including Queen, David Bowie, and Dr. Dre. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary music, fall in love with the sound of the Koto with this unique experience.

What you’ll do

Learn about the history of the koto, enjoying a live performance by the teacher, and learn how to play the koto

Who can attend

Children must be 7+

What to wear

Please wear socks as you will be in a tatami room.


Monday, Friday
Session 1 (10:00 - 11:30)
Session 2 (13:00 - 14:30)


20 minutes from Tokyo Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance. See cancellation policy here.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.