The Sogakudo Concert Hall is known for its good acoustics and its pipe organ. It is the oldest concert hall in Japan, constructed in 1890 as the main building of the Tokyo Music School (now the Music Department of the Tokyo University of the Arts). During its long history it has made a signification contribution to the development modern music in Japan.
This is a beautifully constructed and maintained wooden building that looks like it has been transplanted from Europe. In 1920, a pipe organ from England was gifted to the school. It is the oldest and most valuable concert organ in Japan and is now positioned directly on the stage. In 1987, the building was moved to its current location in Ueno Park and its original appearance restored. It was designated a National Important Culture Property in 1988.
The concert hall has been renovated and you can visit it or attend a concert. Regular concerts usually take place on Sundays from 14:00 and 15:00. These are short 30-minute performances of music for cembalo (1st and 3rd Sunday) or pipe organ (2nd and 4th Sunday). Admission for these Sunday concerts is 300 yen. The concert hall is also used for music competitions and workshops. Concert information in Japanese is published on http://www.taitocity.net/zaidan/sougakudou/ with updates also on Facebook @sougaku.taito.
Sogakudo Concert Hall of the Former Tokyo Music School
English information: http://www.taitocity.net/zaidan/english/sougakudou/
Open 9:30 - 16:30 on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday and other days if there are no events or concerts. Closed Dec. 29 - Jan. 3. and on Mondays (when Monday is a national holidays open on Monday and closed on Tuesday instead).
Admission: Adults 300 yen, school children 100 yen.
Address: 8-43 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
Access: The Concert Hall is located in Ueno Park between the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum, a ten minute walk from the park exit of Ueno Station.
Take a look inside when you visit Ueno Park.
For more concerts, also check the schedule of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall). It is also located in Ueno Park near the Ueno Station park exit. Please see https://www.t-bunka.jp/en/ for concert and event information.