This one room Drum Museum (Taikokan) in Taito-ku, Tokyo is a drum lovers dream. There are 900 items on rotation and display from all over the world, including Japan. Most of the drums can be played, so come have some fun!. The museum was founded in 1988 by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten to celebrate and educate on the precision instruments from around the world. Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten is one of the oldest musical instruments companies started in 1861. Top Museums for Kids in Tokyo.
Drum Museum (Taikokan)
I went to the museum with my four-year-old, and she loved banging away for about 45 mins. There were two other talented teens in the museum who seemed to be enjoying themselves testing all the drums. Each drum has a description card in English and Japanese which notes country of origin and a short description. The drums that can be played have a music mark on the description card. I would say about 80% of the drums can be played. Drums that can not be played have a red dot on the card.
Our favorite drums where the four steel drums which made the most amazing sounds, the huge Japanese taiko and the tiny metal drums which made the sound of bugs. Every child and adult will enjoy a quick visit to the Drum Museum.
The Drum Museum is located on the 4th floor of a brick building one block past a Mister Donuts. The first floor is the store of Miyamoto Shoten where one can buy some percussion and tractional festival items. To get to the 4th floor go to the back of the store and out the back hallway to an elevator on the left and then up. You will be greeted by a museum aid who is quite knowledgable and speaks a tad of English.
Drum Museum (Taikokan) Details
Address: 2-1-1 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0035
Phone Number: 03-3844-2141
Business Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; open hours other days 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: Adult 500 JPY, children elementary and above 150 JPY
Access: 3 min walk from Tawaramachi Station (Exit 3) on the Ginza Line (15 meters past a Mister Donuts)
Drum Museum (Taikokan)
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