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Soushunan

288-2 Higashishimmeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8162, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-801-4652
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Unique and Magical Experience

My koto lesson with Harumi was one of the best experiences of my trip to Kyoto. There are few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Zoe L
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a wonderful musical experience

i like music and had wanted to experience some traditional japanese instruments since i came to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
梦婕 辛
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Soushunan, a 110 years old Machiya, is a traditional wooden townhouse.Here you can experience playing the Koto, which is a traditional Japanese instrument and indispensable for formal ceremonies in Japan.Harumi Shimazaki, who is a professional player of Koto, will teach you how to play the Koto.Within the lesson, you will also get to know about the modest and kind spirit of traditonal Japanese.
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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288-2 Higashishimmeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8162, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My koto lesson with Harumi was one of the best experiences of my trip to Kyoto. There are few opportunities to experience the joy of playing this instrument anywhere else in the world. And, to top it off, Harumi speaks excellent English. She also gave...More

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for coming to Soushunan.We are really happy to share pleasure moment through Koto. We hope you come back to Soushunan soon and meet you again!Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

i like music and had wanted to experience some traditional japanese instruments since i came to japan. the teacher is really nice and patient, told me a lot about japanese culture. the lesson wasn't that hard and the songs are beautiful.actually i was late for...More

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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting Soushunan! You are very enthusiastic Koto student! We are happy to meet you and hope you love Koto. When you come back to Kyoto, please visit us again and try more Koto together.Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

The site was a very traditional Japanese house which on its own was very interesting, and the ambiance inside already offered an unique experience. Harumi was very friendly and a master of Koto. She and her lovely family performed some traditional and modern songs for...More

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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for coming to Soushunan. We are very happy to hear that you really enjoy our Koto lesson! You are very skilled player, so once you get Koto, you can play it very well. We hope you have good chance to get it! We...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

I just had my koto lesson today and I can’t wait to come to Japan and take another lesson! I have a musical background so I understood the concept of playing better than what I was able to execute. Sensei was great! She is such...More

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Thank you for visiting Soushunan. We are so happy to hear that you really like our Koto lesson.We hope to see you again soon.Thank you! Harumi

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

I am a professional musician and ethnomusicologist back home and I love getting the opportunity to explore and learn about music traditions that I am not already familiar. I was thrilled when I was able to schedule a Koto lesson with Harumi San during my...More

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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thank you for coming to Soushunan. We are so happy to hear that you really love Koto. I hope you enjoy Koto lesson and come back here soon! Have a nice and safe trip, and hope to see you again soon.Thank you so much. Harumi

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Harumi was an excellent teacher. Learning the Koto was definitely the best part of our Japan trip. I would recommend this experience to everyone stopping in Kyoto.

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Dear.Jennifer. Thank you for coming to Soushunan and enjoy Koto.We are happy to know that you really enjoy koto lesson.We hope to see you again soon.Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

My partner and I are at the end of our trip round the world and during this trip we've taken many lessons on many instruments. Nowhere did we experience the level of warmth, hospitality, encouragement, and pleasure that we experienced here. Harumi could not have...More

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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Thank you for coming to Soushunan.We are very happy to hear that you really like our Koto lesson.We hope to see you again soon.Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

My partner and I visited Kyoto for four days and decided to look for a koto lesson (despite neither of us ever having tried it). We booked a private lesson at Soushunan. The lesson lasted about an hour and a half, we each had a...More

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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Thank you for your kind review.We are very happy to welcoming you.You are very good at playing Koto.We hope to enjoy Koto again soon.Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Shimazaki-sensei is a very, very good teacher and it was really great to be able to learn how to play a simple song on the koto with a teacher and performer of her skill level. The koto itself is such an amazing instrument with an...More

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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Dear.Chris Thank you for coming to Soushunan!We are happy to enjoy Koto together.Koto is simple, but very interesting musical instrument.Please touch Koto if you have chance to play it.We hope to see you soon again!Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Such a priveledge to be taught by such a master musician as Harumi, and also her mother and teacher, who also generously provided guidance. The Koto is a beautiful instrument and to me, the sound of Japan. It was a great experience to learn two...More

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thank you for coming to Soushunan and enjoy Koto!We are very happy to teach you Koto.You are good Koto player now.We hope to see you again soon! Harumi

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