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Shamisen (Japanese Guitar) Experience


Explore the intriguing world of traditional Japanese music with the shamisen. Discover how one of the most distinctive sounds in Japanese culture is produced, and learn the basic techniques to playing a tsuguru shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument not disimilar to a guitar. After, participants have the unique opportunity to experience the Okinawan shamisen (the jabisen), an instrument with an ancient past often likened to a banjo.


◆ Learn how to play the versatile Japanese shamisen
◆ Discover shamisen's history and its influence on Japanese music
◆ Experience two types of shamisen: the popular tsuguru shamisen and the ancient Okinawan jabisen


This program explores the intriguing world of traditional Japanese music through the shamisen, one of the most distinctive instruments in Japanese culture.

In this experience, you will learn from a nationally-accredited instructor how to play the tsugaru shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument not disimilar to a guitar. Characterized by its thick neck and strings, it is played by plucking the strings with a wide, heavy plectrum to create the graceful variety of strong and delicate sounds found in much of Japan's folk music.

After the lesson, you will then have the unique opportunity to experience the Okinawan shamisen, the jabisen. This is a banjo-like instrument with a long past and unique sound.


If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation fees and remittance charges will be charged:
• Less than 24 hours before, on the departure day, or cancellation without notice: 100% of the program fee


Basic Fee (Per Group)
Fee per Person

Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax

at any time.
60 - 90mins

Grand TJT (Tokyo)

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• Nationally-accredited shamisen instructor
• Shamisen instrument rental 


• Hotel pick up or drop off 
• Food and drinks


◆ Our services are mainly offered in English. Other languages ​​(including Chinese, French, Spanish, German, and  Italian) are also available. If you would like to request this tour in a language other than English, please inquire at as soon as possible. 
◆Program duration is an estimate. It is subject to change depending on the number of participants and/or certain conditions.
◆ Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, or allergies, and if you would like to request any special care for participants (including children).
◆ Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accidents caused by disregard of the instructions.
◆ Our business hours are from 8:00 to 17:00 on weekdays,from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturdays. For inquiries received outside business hours, we will look into them and respond on the next business day.

Note: The booking deadline for this program is 10 :00am 2 business days (Japan Standard Time) prior to the program. When booking after this deadline, please email us at Please note that any programs booked after the deadline without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.




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