Cultural Experience

Japanese cultural experience programs for foreign people are basically conducted in English. Please make inquiries if you need other languages. Japanese people can also join the programs.



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Shamisen Japanese Banjo Lesson (TM01)

This program explores the intriguing world of Japanese traditional music through the Shamisen. Tsugaru Shamisen is a kind of shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument similar to a guitar. Characterized by thicker strings and  neck, it is played by plucking the strings with a thick, heavy plectrum. The tone it produces is sometimes quite delicate but may also be strong with "kakegoe" (pitched shouts) like "O-rya!" and "A-rya!" Participants will have a unique chance to also experience Okinawa shamisen.

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Duration and Program Fee

Program Fee (Per Group in Japanese yen)

Number of
Over 5people *1



90 minutes







*1: each additional person

*Programs will be held at Koryuan or at special halls made for specific purposes in Tokyo and Kansai areas (including Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe). You can meet your guide at the nearest station to the location of those experiences to take place.

*Optinal: Pick-up service will be extra charge. Please click for Pick-up service.

Application Procedure

Step1: Please send the following information to IJCEE at

  1. Desired program name 2. Desired date and time 3. Number of participants (including children) 4. Group leader's name 5. Group leader's nationality 6. With or without pick-up


Step2: IJCEE will reply and inform whether or not the program is available.


Step3: Please purchase ticket(s) using the form below. You can pay with your credit card, debit card and PayPal acount.

When you click the "add to cart" button, you will be directly transferred to the PayPal shopping cart page. Please change the quantity if you would like to buy more than one ticket. Following this, please click the "Proceed to checkout" button.

Shamisen Japanese Banjo Lesson

Per Group in Japanese Yen

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Step4:A payment notification from PayPal will be sent to you after receiving the program fee. Please come to the appointed meeting place on the program day with a copy of this mail. Our IJCEE staff will be waiting for you with a name-board.

Cancellation Charge (Cancellation Policy)

If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation rates and remittance charge will be charged.

  (1) 14 days - 3 days prior to the program date: 20 % of the program fee

  (2) 2 days of the day before the program date: 50 % of the program fee

  (3) a day before the program date: 100 % of the program fee