General Info

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This kind of GAGAKU experience has never been seen in any guidebook!


Would you like to experience being a Gagaku musician, wearing traditional costumes and playing genuine instruments?


Gagaku has over 1,300 years of history and was registered on the UNESCO Representative List of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”


The Gagaku performing arts were originally introduced to Japan from China and the Korean Peninsula in ancient times, however have all but disappeared from those areas due to being an oral tradition and through wars. So, it is true to say that Japanese Gagaku is the oldest existing form of Gagaku in the world.


Gagaku is performed at important events and ceremonies for the Imperial Household and it has deep relations and connections with Shinto shrines.


Would you like to touch and feel Japanese culture that has been passed down from ancient times?


We present you ancient Gagaku dance and practicing instruments.

After getting an image of Gagaku by listening and watching performance, next is your turn.

You will practice with genuine instruments, and then at the end of the lesson. Yow will wear real costumes and take photos.


Please take this opportunity to join us!




Name: Miyabi


I love Japanese culture so I attended this “Bunpaku” tour.

I could feel eternal culture from playing the ancient music carrying a history of over 1,000 years, wearing traditional dance costumes. I think I could understand about this art much more deeply while connecting to ancient times.



Gagaku Experience in Shinto Shrine


You will practice actual Gagaku songs!  First, you will get used to the sound of Gagaku by reading from a musical score. After that you will be able to play the instruments by yourself.


When you have mastered the songs then you are ready for an actual performance as a musician wearing the costume called “Hitatare”.



Instructions, practice with instruments, putting on ‘Hitatare’ (court robes) and photo shoot, and others.


Please feel free to contact us for more information.


Venue: Shrine


The venue can be easily accessed from any part of central Tokyo

*5-min walk from下神明 (Shimoshinmei) Station, Tokyu Oimachi Line

*15-min walk from 大井町 (Oimachi) Station, JR Keihintohoku Line

*10-min walk from西大井 (Nishiooi) Station, JR Yokosuka Line

Schedule & Application


Contents:Gagaku and Mai lesson to experience tour for 2days
Day 1st
Watching ensemble of Gagaku
Day 2nd
You have lesson for play music of Gagaku
First recite sense of sounds with singing the song of the musical score , after that you can play music with some instruments
When you have mastered the songs then you can do performance as musician with wearing the costume it's called "Hitatare"
18:00 the meeting place at Shimoshinmeitenso Shrine
18:30 watch the ensemble of Gagaku
20:30 dissolve
10:00 practice for play Gagaku
11:30 change clothes to costume (Hitatare)
11:45 performance
12:00 dissolve

#you can pick up one of these times

The way of easy direction in Tokyo
*Tokyu Oimachi line 下神明(Shimoshinmei) station 5min by walk
*JR Keihintohoku line 大井町(Oimachi)station 15min by walk
*JR Yokosuka line 西大井(Nishioi)station 10min by walk
Cost: 3,300yen

Booking Calendar

The experience is planed for two days as Sunday + Monday. You can not participate for only one day. Please select the "start date (Sunday)" in the following calendar.
Unfortunately, no places are available on this tour at the moment