Experience a Japanese musical instrument! Relax and enjoy playing the Japanese zither, koto!
In some traditional Japanese ceremonies, you can still hear the Japanese zither, koto, being played. The unique, graceful way the koto-player plucks the strings is truly moving, and in a way, one will undoubtedly feel envious of the great skill it takes to play the instrument. So I ask you: would you like to try your hand at this ancient craft?
In Kyoto, you can find a course taught completely in English, conveniently located close to Nijo Castle, held in a century-old traditional Kyoto-style machiya townhouse. You start by learning the basics of playing koto, but don’t worry – the teacher is both friendly and patient. In the end, you also get to perform together with the teacher. This short 80-minute course is bound to make you even more enthralled with Japanese culture. If you have already tasted the world-famous Kyoto-cuisine and seen the temples this ancient city has to offer, consider learning how to play Japanese zither, koto, as the next step on your cultural journey to Kyoto. We absolutely have to recommend this experience – I’m sure it will make your trip to Kyoto unforgettable!