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A performance to the gods

Japanese drum performance at an Edo Period rural stage

Price: JPY 72,600/group Duration: 3 hr


Experience the euphoria of a traditional festival

Once upon a time, almost every village in Chino had a stage that was both a place of worship and entertainment. The villagers, who were both entertainers and spectators, would perform during festivals held in honor of the god protecting the village. With time the stages slowly disappeared, substituted by television, but one still stands after more than two centuries. That's the setting for our activity.
The guides of this experience are the members of Senryu Daiko, a group of locals who protect the traditional art of Suwa Drums- one of Japan’s oldest styles, where different types of drums are combined to form an orchestra. After learning the history and basics of the Suwa drums, you will rehearse together a song which you will then perform on stage. This activity also involves a guided tour of the village.


Period April to November
Due Date 14 days before the activity day
*In some cases, it may be possible to organize the activity even with a shorter notice.
Duration 3 hr


Arrival at Tsukinoki Community Center
Explanation about Suwa Taisha and Suwa Drum performances


Learn the basics of Japanese drums and rehearse a song


Guided village walking with local grandpa


Arrival at stage (greet the village god at the shrine near the stage)
Take turns making the stage revolve


Private performance by Senryu Daiko
The guests will join them on stage for one song


Activity ends

No. of participants Min. 2 persons / Max. 20 persons
*It is possible to organize the tour for larger groups. Please consult our team.
Price / person JPY 72,600/ group (tax incl.)
Included in the price Lesson, tour, English-speaking guide
Payment method Credit card
Cancellation policy 7 days prior: 30% of total amount
3 days prior: 50% of total amount
1 day prior: 70% of total amount
Day of activity: 100% of total amount
Access Izumino Community Center
20 min by car from JR Chino Station (free transfer available for groups smaller than 8 people)