This museum is special, because you are allowed to touch most of the drums on display. Although the museum itself is just one big room, the permanent collection of the museum features over 900 items. A selected number of items are on display and the exhibit changes regularly.
Drums here include traditional Japanese taiko drums and percussion instruments from all over the world. It is an amazing collection and a colorful, education, and fun exhibit. And sometimes it can get a little loud, when visitors try out drums, gongs, or chimes.
This is a fun place to visit with children. You don’t have to read to know which drums can be played. The exhibits have colored labels that show what items you are allowed to touch.
The staff here is very friendly and will explain to you how the different percussion instruments are played. When we were there we could try out several percussion instruments that are used in Japanese Kabuki.
The museum belongs to Miyamoto Unose Shoten, an old company that sells Japanese taiko drums, mikoshi shrines, and other items used at traditional Japanese festivals. Access to the museum is through the Miyamoto Unose Shoten Nishiasakusa Store.
On the first floor is the shop and on the second floor is a showroom for taiko and mikoshi. Use the opportunity to take a closer look at the mikoshi shrines here. At a festival like the Asakusa Sanja Matsuri you will never have the opportunity to see one of the portable shrines this close.
The Drum Museum is located about a 5 minutes walk from Senso-ji Temple’s Kaminarimon Gate and the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. The nearest stations are Asakusa and Tawaramachi. From Kaminarimon Gate walk away from Sumida River straight down the street until you reach the T-junction with Kokusai-dori Street. The museum is in the corner building opposite the police box.
Address: 2-1-1 Nishi Asakusa Taito-ku Tokyo 111-0035
Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
For details please see https://www.miyamoto-unosuke.co.jp