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Drum Museum (Taikokan)

Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-1-1 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito 111-0035 , Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3844-2141
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

This rotating collection of both Japanese taiko drums and drums from around...

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.

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Try out all sorts of drums from around the world

This is a small museum, but they pack a lot into a tiny space! My husband and I had the museum to ourselves, and we had a blast playing all the different drums, making music... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
Lincoln, Nebraska
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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

On the bottom floor of the museum is a store, there is a giant drum in the window you can't miss. Walk into the store and let the person at the counter know you are there to see the museum, 500 Yen to go up. The room is reasonably size, the same size as the bottom floor but include everything... More 

Thank Diana C
Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I guess a true drum fanatic would go crazy about the museum. Personally, I was just curious. I had expected more Japanese taiko drums, but there were drums from many places, including Greenland and Northern Sweden, which I had not expected.

Thank StefanHaeger
Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a small museum, but they pack a lot into a tiny space! My husband and I had the museum to ourselves, and we had a blast playing all the different drums, making music together while experimenting with various percussion sounds. The signage is in english as well as Japanese, and is interesting/informative. Bonus: this museum is located close... More 

Thank dancing_nerd
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

It's a smallish 4th floor room where the drums are displayed, but for taiko or percussion enthusiasts, it's a nice place to spend half an hour trying out the different sounds.

Thank Janine N
Herndon, Virginia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We used Googlemaps via a mobile wifi hotspot and had no trouble finding this museum. Prior reviews had led me to expect that the museum might be very hot (we were there on August 27) but it was reasonably air conditioned. The museum consists of a large room with a huge collection of drums. Everything is labeled by origin in... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Very, very difficult to find. On the 4th floor of a large brick building. Tickets must be bought on the 1st floor (which is a drum and music store). Signage is sparse. No bags are allowed in museum, no photos are allowed. No pamphlet, or book with pictures is available, either. It was fun to play the drums that were... More 

1 Thank Connie57_12
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

if you are fan of drums or a drummer, go to this place. Small shop with the tradicional drums and accesories.

Thank Yanina S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

This was one of the group's favorite Tokyo attractions. The Miyamoto Unosuke Drum Museum is a room full of drums from throughout the world, many of which you can try playing. Highlights included some steel pans (steel drums) and a very large Japanese taiko drum. A woman who worked there helped show us how to play some of them, which... More 

1 Thank Sandra F
Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

This is a fun small museum located above a Japanese drum shop. The collection of drums is fun to see and you are allowed to touch and try some of the percussion instruments from around the world on display. When we visited a very friendly Japanese lady in kimono explained the various drums and played several of them for us.... More 

1 Thank DavidTokyo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

I perform taiko in New Zealand so I really enjoyed the range of percussion instruments on display at the museum. I especially enjoyed that you were allowed to play well over half of them. When we visited it was empty so we didn't feel bad about banging on the drums annoying others. We spent ~30 min playing around in the... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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